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  • Visit Wales VAQAS
  • Croeso Cynnes Cymreig

Industrial Heritage, free entry


Fourteen Locks Canal Centre

Fourteen Locks Canal Centre


Located just outside Newport, on the road to Risca alongside the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal is the Fourteen Locks Canal Visitor Centre.

Visitors can trace the growth and decline of the Canal and its role in transporting commodities such as coal, iron, limestone and bricks from the South Wales valleys down to Newport docks.

A computer based information point lets visitors experience a ‘virtual’ journey along the canal, learning how a canal lock works – even having a go at working a lock – all without leaving the Centre.

The information point also has details of some of the people who used to work on the canal. Relatives of former canal workers are encouraged to contribute any information they may have to help add to the current knowledge of canal workers’ lives.

The Canal and Heritage Centre is now run by the volunteers of the Monmouthshire, Brecon and Abergavenny Canals Trust, and the Centre is now open 9:30 - 16:00, all year round.

There is a tea room with outside patio, and a community meeting room with an IT suite. Family fun days and boat trips are organised from time to time, when the water supply is plentiful and the Santa’s Grotto at Christmas is very popular.

Outside the Visitor Centre, the flight of locks rises 160 feet in just half a mile, and is still 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.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencing

Children welcomeDisabled access

Opening Details

Open all the time

Open 9.00am to 4.30pm


Free entry



See location of Fourteen Locks Canal and Heritage Centre on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: ST 284893  Lat: 51.59816 Long: -3.03397

Situated off junction 27 of the M4. Take the High Cross Road and after approximately half a mile turn right into Cefn Walk (sign posted Fourteen Locks) go over the canal bridge, the Centre and it’s car park are on your right.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access