Newport Wedding Venues - Craig Y Nos Castle Wedding Venue
- a stunning Wedding Venue near Newport
- Time from Newport to Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Venue: 1 hour 10 minutes
- Distance from Newport to Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Reception Venue: 53 miles
See our Weekend Wedding Package with 60 to 70 day guests and 50 guests staying overnight.
A unique Wedding Venue - the romance of a real Welsh Castle combined with the historic grandeur of our very own Opera House licensed for wedding ceremonies.
Craig y Nos Castle only accepts one wedding a day, so you and your guests from Newport will have the run of the whole ground floor of the castle exclusively.
in or near to Newport,
or can you go further afield
When you choose a venue further away from your base, you'll tend to invite everyone for the whole day. Also you'll need somewhere all your guests can stay overnight.
Unlike with a 'local' wedding reception, when you marry at Craig y Nos, you won't have so many guests shooting off early to get home. With more local weddings nearer to Newport, a wedding party dwindles around 11-12 as guests leave to go home. Having everyone stay over at Craig y Nos means your party lasts late into the night.
The mountain scenery of the Brecon Beacons National Park guarantees you stunning photo opportunities both inside and outside the castle. The Grade One Listed Opera House makes a fantastic setting for your wedding ceremony. You get exclusive use of the whole ground floor of the castle for you and your wedding guests.
Reflect the story of Newport in your decor, to connect your personal history in your home city's roots, and your family's location in Newport. You may get some ideas from the quick history of Newport below, its buildings, street names, or local transport routes etc.
1. Welsh name Casnewydd. Population: 306,844. Third largest city in Wales. It officially became a city in 2002 but gained its first charter as a town in 1314.
2. The name comes from the original Latin 'Novus Burgus', which translates to 'new borough' or 'new town' - a name given by the Normans as there was nothing much there before. It was called Newport-on-Usk on old maps.
3. Bronze Age fishermen settled in the fertile estuary of the River Usk and in AD 79 the Romans built their garrison HQ at Caerleon but there was no settlement of any note in Newport until 1088. Before the Normans arrived, Newport was a motley collection of mud and thatched huts.
4. The Normans arrived 1088–1093, building the first bailey Castle and constructing buildings out of stone. The Welsh language name, 'Casnewydd-ar-Wysg' refers to the 'New Castle on the Usk', this being a later castle, Newport Castle, completed in 1386 to replace the one built by the Normans.
5. Newport remained a small town but for its port which by 1521 was busy. Industries included leather tanning, soap making and starch making.
6. Newport town and port grew rapidly in the Industrial Revolution, due to coal exports.
7. The Monmouthshire canal opened in 1796.
8. In 1830 Newport was Wales' leading coal port, and until 1850, larger than Cardiff.
9. The Newport Rising of 1839 was the last large-scale armed rebellion against mainland Britain's authority.
10. The Alexandra Docks opened in 1875. In 1892 the Alexandra South Dock opened, becoming the largest masonry dock in the world.
11. The Miners' Federation of Great Britain was founded in Newport 1889.
12. Newport was mainly Welsh Speaking until the 1830's but the huge influx of English workers made it more English than Welsh. In 1896 politician Robert Bird announced, “You will find, from Swansea to Newport, a cosmopolitan population who will not submit to the domination of Welsh ideas!”
13. With the decline in coal exports and the 1930's depression, Newport suffered high unemployment along with neighbouring Welsh mining towns and coal ports. Prosperity returned to the town with the opening of Llanwern steelworks in 1962, the new Severn Bridge and the extension of the M4 in the 1960s.
15. Steel manufacture ceased in 2001 and Newport is today becoming a base for technology companies.
16. There are many ambitious plans for the regeneration and expansion of Newport's residential and commercial areas, though most of these are currently on hold due to economic conditions.
17. Tredegar House was built in 1672. Set in a park of 90 acres Tredegar House is an example of a C.17th Charles II mansion. It dates back to the late C.15th. For 500 years, it was home to the Morgans who became the Lords Tredegar until 1951. The house was then a girls' school and was bought by the council in 1974.
18. Newport became part of the new local government county of Gwent in 1974. but Gwent was abolished in 1996. In 1983 due to population growth Newport was split into two parliamentary constituencies - Newport East and Newport West.
19. Wards and their communities in Newport:
Allt-yr-yn ward: Ridgeway, Barrack Hill, Glasllwch, Gold Tops,
Alway ward: Somerton, Lawrence Hill,
Caerleon ward: Christchurch, Bulmore,
Gaer ward: Maesglas, Stelvio, St. Davids, Gaer Park
Graig ward: Rhiwderin, Bassaleg, Lower Machen, Pentre Poeth, Fox Hill,
Langstone ward: Llanmartin, Parc Seymour, Wentwood Forest, Coed-y-caerau, Cat's Ash, Kemys, Coldra, Llanbedr
Llanwern ward: Underwood, Whitson, Uskmouth, Summerleaze, Wilcrick, Saltmarsh, Milton, Porton
Liswerry ward: Broadmead Park, Moorland Park, Broadstreet Common
Malpas ward: Hollybush
Marshfield ward: Castleton, St. Brides, Blacktown, Peterstone
Pillgwenlly ward: Level of Mendalgief
Ringland ward: Bishpool, Treberth, Coldra
Rogerstone ward: High Cross, Cefn Wood, Croesllanfro, Mount Pleasant,
Shaftesbury ward: Brynglas, Crindau, Marshes, Blaen-y-pant
St Julians: Riverside, Barnardtown
Stow Hill: St. Woolos, Baneswell, City centre
Tredegar Park: Duffryn
Victoria: Maindee, Summerhill
20. Newport is sunnier and warmer than most other parts of Wales.
21. The Passport Office for South and West UK is based in Newport.
22. The headquarters of the UK Office for National Statistics and the headquarters of the United Kingdom Patent Office (now known as the Intellectual Property Office) is based at Newport.
23. In the Sims Metal Management plant at the mouth of the River Usk, Newport has the world's largest industrial shredder for scrap metal and the world's largest car crusher.
24. Newport has ten bridges over the River Usk:
St. Julian's railway bridge,
M4 motorway Usk bridge,
Great Western Railway Usk bridge,
Newport City footbridge,
George Street Bridge,
City Bridge and
Transporter Bridge, plus the
Twenty Ten Bridge at the Celtic Manor Resort which is a private footbridge over the River Usk.
25. Newport's main shopping streets are: High Street, Newport Arcade, Market Arcade, Commercial Street, Skinner Street, Bridge Street, Upper Dock Street, Market Street, Griffin Street, Corn Street, Cambrian Road, Hill Street, Llanarth Street and John Frost Square.
26. Famous people from Newport include: Michael Sheen (actor) and Sir Terry Matthews OBE (entrepreneur; Wales' first billionaire).
27. The hull of a Medieval 15th Century sailing Ship was discovered in the banks of River Usk in June 2002 during construction of the Riverfront Theatre. The ship was excavated by archaeologists. It is the longest such ship ever discovered. Marine archaeologists date the timbers to 1465. The city council ordered it, the oldest merchant ship ever discovered in Europe, to be reburied so as not to delay the building of the arts centre. After a public protest, the timbers were preserved.
28. The Newport Transporter Bridge opened in 1906 is one of only six operational transporter bridges left in the world. Only twenty were built. It transfers cars across the River Usk in a cradle-like cage. A high level boom allows ships to pass underneath. It acts as an aerial ferry to move goods from one side of the river to the other. A suspended platform is pulled from across via a cable.
It was built because industry was expanding on the east side of the river. With the residential areas then largely on the west side, workers had to walk four miles to cross the river on the town bridge to get to work. A river ferry was not practical due to the ever changing times of the tide and its extreme rise and fall.
A transporter bridge was a cheaper answer than tunneling or building a conventional bridge. It cost just £98,000 to build. Also a conventional bridge would have had to be built quite high up for the tall ships of the day to pass under it, which would have made it more expensive still.
29. Newport once had more than its fair share of rats. In 1920, 16,000 rats were trapped or killed in Newport. Yet in 1923 it was reported that several babies were being bitten in their prams by rats. This situation is now presumed to have improved.
3. More ambitiously, since each bridge will have different architectural features, you could include table centres based around a model of each bridge, according to which bridge name you allocated to the table.
4. You could do the same with the shopping streets, naming your tables after the main shopping streets, which anyone from Newport will recognise. However the bridges are possibly more interesting.
5. The Newport Transporter Bridge appears to be an interesting feature of the town. You could possibly include a replica of it as either your wedding cake topper, with the a model of the bride and groom standing before it, or as a separate display on a chest for cards etc. This will help to ‘place’ you both in Newport via a recognisable landmark specific to Newport. Alternatively, since the Newport Transporter Bridge is necessarily quite tall (this is why it was built – so tall shops could go under it) you could place an icing statue of the bride and groom under it.
6. Storyboards and photographs of brides and grooms through their childhood years to adulthood are becoming more popular. You could place around the board, all the bridges of Newport, or just one on the top of the board. Why? You might well ask! Well, a marriage is building a bridge between two families, and the many bridges of Newport allow you to present this message along with some interesting aspects of Newport to your wedding guests.
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