Discover Newport in Monmouthshire
Newport is a charming cathedral city nestled close to the coast in south east Wales - situated on the River Usk and Severn Estuary 12 miles from neighbouring Cardiff. It is known as one of Wales’ most quirky and coolest cities, famous for being the host city for the Ryder Cup, birthplace of actor Michael Sheen and author Leslie Thomas OBE.
In Newport centre modern architecture meets history – in particular the city’s Roman heritage, which can be found throughout its streets even today. Its Caerleon Roman Baths Fortress offers a glimpse into the daily life of the residents of ‘Isca’ – the second-century town that once sprawled over the Newport countryside. Meanwhile the National Roman Legion Museum displays remarkably well-preserved artefacts from the era, with exhibits showcasing the ruins of its open-air amphitheatre and barracks. Other attractions and landmarks within the city centre include St Woolos Cathedral, Newport Museum and Art Gallery (complete with Art Trail) and Newport Medieval Ship. If you fancy a little shopping and a bite to eat restaurants and shops can be found at Friars Walk and Kingsway Shopping Centres as well as on Commercial Street.
Nearby Newport’s rich rural surroundings offer ample opportunity to reconnect with nature. Breath-taking vistas can be observed through the beautiful Wye Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Vale of Usk is famous for its salmon fishing, whilst Brecon Beacons National Park and the Forest of Dean are also within one hour’s drive. 17th century mansion Tredegar House is ideal for rainy days.
Newport can be reached in 90 minutes from London via National Express or Megabus. Cardiff and Bristol airports provide international and domestic flights.