Newport – Pembrokeshire, on the River Nevern – hygfr

Newport – Pembrokeshire, on the River Nevern

Newport is a coastal city in Wales, in the county of Pembrokeshire. It is a bustling and attractive town situated quietly between Fishguard and Cardigan. The town itself sits on the slopes of Carne Inglis or Mount of Angels in the Welsh language, and two of its claims to fame are the Norman castle and Norman church. The town grew up around these two features, as is usually the case, and history tells us that the castle was built by the Martin family.

Robert FitzMartin invaded the area and it is recorded that he already owned the lands around 1115. The site for the castle was chosen to take over the lands of the Cemais, but there were many battles fought for this impressive stretch of land, and the initial fortification was destroyed. A new castle was built and this became the ‘seat’ of the Lords of Cemais. If you love history, you will love Newport, where history reads like something out of a fairy tale. But then a lot of Welsh legend!

Ancient lanes and streets sweep down the slopes of the mountain and lead to the mouth of the River Nevern (Never in Wales). Visitors will find the river mouth teeming with wild birds and other animal life. Pembrokeshire’s coastline is incredibly picturesque, in spring and summer wildflowers grow everywhere, there are fantastic views of the Snowdonia mountain range, and the coastal path is dotted with sheltered coves, remaining a secret from hordes of holidaymakers.

There are many Celtic monuments in the Welsh-speaking regions of Wales, which makes Newport, better known as the city by the beach or Treviddrath, the perfect center for touring. Newport’s long golden beaches are great for all kinds of water sports including swimming and fishing. Bird watching, cycling, walking, golf, horseback riding, and tennis are also popular activities.

This town is the quintessential Welsh holiday town, accommodation is varied, pubs and restaurants are plentiful, and you’ll even find local sewn, lobster and lobster on many menus.

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