Wonderful Wales

Must-see, must-do and must-not-be-missed!

From sports and retail to historic attractions and stunning woodland trails, there’s plenty going on in and around South Wales throughout the year, and the Celtic Collection can be the ideal base for your visit.

Monmouthshire Way

The Monmouthshire Way is a 121 mile long distance circular route that explores the ancient county of Monmouthshire, perfect for guests staying in Newbridge on Usk looking to explore the towns of Chepstow, Monmouth, Abergavenny, Pontypool and Usk, as the route passes through diverse countryside.

Resort Grounds & Woodland Walks

The main Resort Hotel boasts of over 2,000 acres of stunning grounds, trails and woodland walks just waiting to be explored! Discover your own adventure walking through the Welsh woods, observe the local wildlife or enjoy a picnic with beautiful views.

Cwmcarn Forest Drive

Located to the east of the village of Cwmcarn is the popular Cwmcarn Forest Drive, a popular 7 mile drive through hills and forests on the flanks of the mountain of Twmbarlwm.

Tredegar House Parkland

Although the house itself remains closed, their extensive parkland is the perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Sweeping lawns, a serpentine lake and dotted woodland are nestled between the motorway and Duffryn estate. 

Beechwood Park

Beechwood Park is a 30 acre park with mature trees and play areas with entrances on Chepstow Road, Christchurch Road and Beechwood Road.

Belle Vue Park

Belle Vue Park opened in 1894 and has features typical of a Victorian public park, including conservatories, pavilion, bandstand and rockeries. Belle Vue Park has been the holder of Green Flag status for 11 years and has been awarded Heritage Status by CADW. The park can be accessed from Cardiff Road, Belle Vue Lane and Waterloo Road.

Cwmbran Boating Lake

The Boating Lake Park (officially called Crow Valley Central Recreation Grounds but this name is rarely used) is a large public park in Cwmbran. As its name suggests, the park features a boating lake. There are in fact two lakes, the larger being home to various wetland birds and the smaller being the actual boating one. Water area is 5 acres (20,000 m2). The park is bordered by the Afon Llwyd on one side and a railway line on the other.

Please contact the site directly to check if they are open to the public.

Wales is an area rich in history, myth and legend for all to see in our many castles, with the Resort ideally situated to explore these fascinating cultural landmarks.

Caerphilly Castle

Caerphilly Castle is one of the great medieval castles of western Europe. It is the second largest in Britain and it is the first truly concentric castle in Britain.

Caldicot Castle

Founded by the Normans, developed in royal hands as a stronghold in the Middle Ages and restored as a Victorian family home, it has a colourful history.

Castell Coch

While resting on ancient foundations, Castell Coch (Red Castle) is relatively modern, the by-product of a vivid Victorian imagination, assisted by untold wealth. The Middle Ages fascinated the Victorians as much as the Victorians fascinate us today. High Gothic was the order of the day.

White Castle

This little-known historical gem is located deep in Wales's border country, today a tranquil landscape but in medieval times hotly disputed territory.

Chepstow Castle

Perched high above the banks of the river Wye, Chepstow is a beautifully preserved Castle and a history lesson in stone and longevity.

Raglan Castle

This modern castle dates from between the 15th and early 17th-centuries, when successive ruling families created a luxurious, fortified castle.

Cardiff Castle

Cardiff Castle is a medieval castle and Victorian Gothic revival mansion located in the city centre of Cardiff.    

Please contact the site directly to check if they are open to the public.

During your stay at Celtic Manor, be sure to get out and about to take in some of the abundant history, fabulous shopping and stunning scenery of the surrounding area.

Roman Caerleon

Caerleon was one of the most important military sites in Britain under the Roman Empire.

Today, this is brought to life at the imaginatively displayed Fortress Baths and Roman Legionary Museum, and the amphitheatre, scene of bloodthirsty entertainment and according to legend, the site of King Arthur’s Round Table.

Caldicot Castle

Founded by the Normans, developed as a stronghold in the Middle Ages and restored as a Victorian family home, Caldicot Castle has a romantic and colourful history, set in beautiful tranquil gardens and a wooded country park.

Tintern Abbey

Despite the shell of this grand structure being open to the skies, it remains the best-preserved medieval abbey in Wales set in the heart of the beautiful Wye Valley, an internationally recognised Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Glanusk Estate

The Glanusk Park and Estate is privately owned by the Legge-Bourke family. The estate is situated in the beautiful countryside of the Usk Valley.

Please contact the site directly to check if they are open to the public.

Friars Walk

With the impressive Friars Walk shopping destination right on our doorstep, there has never been a better time to shop in Newport city centre. 

St Davids, Cardiff

With fabulous fashion, lick-the-plate dining and much more, St David’s has the perfect variety of top brands for every occasion. Whether you’re looking for the perfect outfit for that big night out, on the hunt for new season beauty or catching up with friends, St David’s has the perfect place for you. Shop 'til 8, dine late and enjoy!

With John Lewis, Hamleys, Game, M.A.C and many more big name brands there is something for all the family!

Chepstow Racecourse

Chepstow Racecourse is located just north of the town of Chepstow in Monmouthshire, Wales and has race day fixtures and events all year round with something for everyone.

The David Broome Event Centre

The David Broome Event Centre is situated at the family home of the famous show jumping Olympic medallist and world champion show jumper, David Broome, at Mount Ballan Manor, Crick near Chepstow in South Wales. The Showground welcomes many thousands of visitors throughout the year.

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