The busy little town of Newport is an ancient borough steeped in legend and history, set between the Preseli mountains and the Irish Sea.

Once a seaport and now a popular holiday destination, attractions for the many tourists include long sweeps of golden sands, a golf course, boating and sailing, coastal footpaths, ancient woodlands and spectacular scenery.

There is an overwhelming sense of history in Newport (Trefdraeth in Welsh).

The town castle dates from 1191, its towers from the 13th century. It was converted into a private residence in 1859. St Mary's Church, also has a 13th century tower, one of several parts of the original structure still remaining.

The town is reputed to be the home of Cnapan, said to be the oldest form of rugby in the world. It is still played today in the annual Newport Festival.

Newport's network of tiny medieval streets seems surrounded by the mists of prehistory - there are many cromlechau and ancient hillforts around, including the famous Pentre Ifan. This immense prehistoric burial chamber is said the be the largest in Wales.

On Carn Ingli (Hill of Angels) is the remains of an Iron Age hill fort, more than 1,100 feet above the town. From the top of this ancient volcano there are amazing views of Newport, the Pembrokeshire Coast and Ireland.

Modern Newport has a number of general and specialist shops, pubs, cafes and hotels. The Tourist Information Office and the post office have masses of local information about events and activities. Also here is the West Wales Eco Centre, a venue for exhibitions, advice and resources on aspects of energy saving and sustainable living.