Located just outside Newport, the Fourteen Locks Canal Visitor Centre traces the growth and decline of the Crumlin Branch of the Monmouthshire Canal and its role in transporting commodities such as coal, iron, limestone and bricks from the Ebbw and Sirhowy valleys to the port of Newport. A computer based information point lets visitors experience a ‘virtual’ journey along the canal and learn how a canal lock works. The information point also has details of some of the people who used to work on the canal. Outside the Visitor Centre, the flight of locks now under restoration rises 160 feet in just half a mile and is an impressive sight. An attractive picnic area and way-marked walks along the canal tow path and surrounding countryside make Fourteen Locks an enjoyable day out.