Standing on the banks of the River Usk in the historic county of Monmouthshire, Newport is the third most populous city in Wales.
The city's Welsh language name 'Casnewydd' (meaning 'New Castle') arose from a 14th century castle, which replaced an earlier Norman motte and bailey castle. Unlike the original, the latter's ruins are still visible.
By the early 16th century Newport had an established harbour and thriving trade, including the leather tanning, soap making and starch making industries.
During the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century, coal exports from the South Wales valleys lead to rapid expansion of the docks, making Newport Wales' leading coal port. In 1889 the Miners' Federation of Great Britain was founded in the city.
These days Newport has been established as a hotspot for technology companies, and the Severn Bridge and M4 motorway ensure that the city is one of the best-connected places in Wales.
The Newport Transporter Bridge, widely considered the city's most recognisable symbol, is the largest of its kind remaining worldwide and the oldest of its type in Britain.
Read more about Newport in the About Newport section.