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Newport, in Gwent, is a cathedral city in south east Wales. The city lies on the River Usk close to its confluence with the Severn estuary and is roughly 10 miles to the east of Cardiff, Wales' capital city. Newport has been a port since medieval times when its castle was built by the Normans. The city grew rapidly when the port began to play an important role in exports of coal that had been mined in the eastern valleys of South Wales. Newport remained the largest coal exporting port until Cardiff took over in the 1850's.
Newport's main shopping area is the pedestrianised streets of the city centre which include the High Street, Newport Arcade, Market Arcade, Commercial Street, Skinner Street, Bridge Street, Upper Dock Street, Market Street and John Frost Square. There is also the Kingsway Shopping Centre which is an indoor shopping mall.
Newport Transporter Bridge is one of the few remaining working bridges of its type in the world and featured in the film Tiger Bay. Visitors can travel on the suspended cradle most days and can walk over the top of the steel framework on bank holidays. The only other British example is Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge. Open days are occasionally held to view the renovation of the historically important Newport Ship.
Bangor is located on the North Wales coast and is an ancient, historic, cathedral and university city with lots to do and see. This friendly city has a unique character and landscape and visitors are able to enjoy a panoramic view of the sea from Bangor Mountain. When in Bangor visitors should take a stroll along the pier, sail a boat on the Menai Strait or climb the mountains of the Ogwen Valley and Nant Ffrancon. The city is an excellent base for exploring the mountains of the nearby Snowdonia National Park. Located roughly three miles from Bangor, Penrhyn Castle is a magnificent Neo-Norman mansion which has amazing views and a Victorian walled garden. The castle also has a collection of steam engines and grand master paintings. The castle was constructed in 1836 and was built by the Pennant family who made their fortune from sugar and then from slate which was quarried at nearby Bethesda. The castle in now owned by the National Trust. In the city there are a number of nature and heritage trails which link the city's green spaces with its architectural heritage. Nearby are protected wildlife and nature sites, from the spectacular drop of the Aber Falls to a number of nature reserves, both woodland and seaside.