Newport Castle, Castles and Forts Newport, Newport County - Wales where to go, what to see and where to stay in Wales


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Newport Castle stands on the banks of the River Usk, where it was built in the early 14th century to guard the settlement and control the river crossing. Much of the surviving stone structure dates from around 1405 when the castle was extended and strengthened following the sacking of the area by Owain Glyndwr. It has three tall towers to dominate the Usk and its linear form is dictated by its proximity to the river. Newport Castle had an active life of about 200 years and only during very little of this time was it actually occupied by its lord. For a brief time at the beginning of the 16th century, Jasper Tudor, Henry VIII’s uncle, lived here. A very busy road junction now runs alongside the Castle ruins, although there is access via a pedestrian walkway.
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