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A Thriving Cultural Center - Newport, Wales

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Sitting on the banks of the River Usk is the splendid city of Newport. The city has managed to retain most of its Victorian style despite becoming one of the main industrial and cultural centers of the area. The Transporter Bridge is one of the main landmarks of the city and is over 100 years old. There are several attractions across the city that travelers will enjoy visiting.

Newport has a thriving arts culture and there are several shows and theatre performances all around the year. The remains of the Newport Castle, on the banks of the River Usk, give visitors an insight into the history of the city. The castle was built in the 13th century and underwent renovation in the 15th century. The Tredegar House and Park is a majestic 17th century mansion and houses several antiquities and furniture from several decades. Outside the house is a beautifully landscaped garden that is used for open-air events, conferences and weddings.

The Caerleon Amphitheatre Barracks and Baths in the suburban village of Caerleon is the site of an ancient fortress almost 2,000 years old. The main attraction of the area is the ruins of Roman baths, barracks and walls. The Newport Museum and Art Gallery houses impressive collection of paintings and art work. The Riverfront Art Gallery also has a number of interesting art works on display.

Newport also boasts of some noteworthy green spaces and parks. The parks in the city have been designed in Victorian-style. The Belle Vue Park is popular for its seasonal flowers, conservatories and rockeries. The Beechwood Park is another beautiful park that has been operating for over 100 years.

Newport offers a variety of shopping experiences. There are a number of shops at the Newport Victorian Arcade, the Cambrian Shopping Centre and at the Kingsway Shopping Centre on Emlyn Square. The Farmers' Market on the Bridge Street is a great place to find some good buys.

The Jamia Masjid in Newport is the main masjid in the city. It is located on Commercial Road in the city. Halal cuisines can be relished at selected restaurants in the city. On Commercial Road there are a few Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi restaurants that serve delicious food for travelers to appreciate the authentic taste of the sub-continental Asia.

The city is best accessible by bus. The buses are operated by the Newport Transport Service and takes visitors across the city. The buses also connect Newport to nearby cities like Cardiff and Cwmbran. Central Newport is very pedestrian friendly.

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