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Like so many South Wales valley towns, Newbridge has had several different incarnations in its long history. The Monmouthshire settlement was once a Norman holding, the Lord of the Manor controlling the farms linked by mountain pathways. Obviously predating the English appellation Newbridge the Welsh name for the settlement, Trecelyn, means place of the holly trees, giving an idea of how rural the spot once was. The English name came about in the 18th century when a bridge was constructed over the River Ebbw. That transport link helped the subsequent growth of the town in the following century, when it became a coalmining centre. Newbridge’s ethnic make-up was changed along with its economic activity, as many English workers and even some Scottish ones were attracted to the burgeoning coal industry. Newbridge’s most famous building, the Memo (Memorial Hall) was built in art deco style in 1925 to commemorate the local men who died in WWI. It lost its main customer base and raison d’etre when the mining industry finally ended here in the 1980s not long after the miners’ strike, but it gained wider fame during the BBC’s Restoration programme. It is now undergoing major refurbishment. Leisure became more significant to the area following the demise of coal, the loss of industrialisation having a happy side-effect of improving the environment and attracting larger bird species back to the district. That new incarnation of the town has been helped too by a new rail link, the town standing on the Ebbw Vale line to Cardiff, its new station opened in 2008. Newbridge itself has good local facilities, including schools for all age groups. The town’s most famous son, retired world champion boxer Joe Calzaghe, in 2009 opened its newest new bridge, named after him, which links the main town area with the leisure centre.

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The Newbridge Hotel (0.14 miles)

The Newbridge Hotel
The Newbridge Hotel has been in existance since 1898, and although the hotel ceased trading as a hotel some 40 years ago, the locals continued to refer to the premises as "The Hotel". Accommodation at ... More | visit website
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Monnington Lodge (2.35 miles)

Monnington Lodge

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Monnington Lodge is a friendly country inn in Blackwood, near Newport. Originally a 16th Century Farmhouse, this quaint building located near the Brecon Beacons is brimming with country charm and ... More

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Maes Manor Country Hotel (2.52 miles)

Maes Manor Country Hotel

Set in the heart of the Welsh Valleys with beautiful views over landscaped gardens, yet just a short distance from Cardiff and Newport, Maes Manor is the perfect retreat for leisure and business guests alike.Maes ... More | visit website

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Halfway House (2.52 miles)

Halfway House
A traditional style pub and restaurant with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, offering a wide selection of home cooked food and grills and great service with a smile. Our rooms are modern and recently refurbished ... More | visit website
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Premier Inn Pontypool (5.54 miles)

Premier Inn Pontypool
Ideally located within easy reach of Pontypool and New Inn train station, just 2 miles away. For shops and local amenities Newport town centre is also only 2 miles away. Our Pontypool Premier Inn has everything ... More | visit website
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Travelodge Pontypool (5.64 miles)

There are loads of reasons our customers choose to stay at Travelodge. Our great value clean and comfortable rooms with en-suite provide everything needed for a good night's sleep and are close to where people ... More | visit website

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Parkway Hotel (5.91 miles)

Parkway Hotel
All rates include full breakfast, complimentary wifi and free parking. The privately owned Best Western Parkway Hotel is set in 7.5 acres of gardens in Cwmbran near Newport in South Wales. This 4 star AA accredited luxury ... More | visit website
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The Hollybush with Rooms (6.03 miles)

The Hollybush with Rooms

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The Hollybush is situated 3 miles from junction 28 of the M4 motorway, we are close to cardiff, newport and caerphilly. Book one of our rooms that is situated in ... More

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Premier Inn Caerphilly Corbetts Lane (6.03 miles)

Premier Inn Caerphilly Corbetts Lane
Ideally located within easy reach of the M4. Local attractions include historic Caerphilly castle, a cinema and Bowlplex. Conveniently located for Caerphilly train station. Our Caerphilly (Corbetts Lane) Premier Inn has everything you'd expect, incredibly comfy ... More | visit website
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Premier Inn Caerphilly Crossways (6.03 miles)

Premier Inn Caerphilly Crossways
Ideally situated for both business and leisure guests. For business this hotel is near to Crossways business park. Local attractions include historic Caerphilly castle, St. Fagans and Castell Coch. For shops and local amenities Caerphilly ... More | visit website

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