Gwent in South Wales is an excellent place to see the history and culture of this area. The Big Pit National Coal Museum in Blaenavon is an excellent place to appreciate the mining heritage of Wales and how the industry operated.
The nearby ironworks is another industrial museum worth exploring. At Caerleon the Roman fortresses which are a major feature of the town are interesting to visit, along with the amphitheatre and the roman Legion Museum. Go to Raglan Castle for impressive sights and one of the best castles in the area.
Gwent is located on the edge of the Brecon Beacons which provides excellent walking country and Abergavenny, a historic market town with an annual food festival. Visit Ebbw Vale, drive on the Heads of the Valleys Road and take in the beauty of this area.
Listen to a traditional Welsh Male Voice Choir to appreciate the musical heritage of this part of the world. See the Nantyglo Roundhouses, and the clock Tower in Tredegar. For horse riding and cycling there are a number of trails around the county and into the valleys and Brecon Beacons.
Explore the small villages and find some of the most beautifully preserved countryside around. In Newport there are several historic buildings in this town on the banks of the Usk River and an interesting Victoria Market. Newport castle and St Woolos Cathedral are prominent buildings in town, and there is a history dating to the Romans and with the Chartists. The Usk Rural life Museum gives an insight into traditional life in South Wales. With easy links to Cardiff and along the Severn there is a lot to see and do in this area of Wales.