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 Newport

Destinations > UK > Wales > Newport guide

Newport is surrounded by the landscapes of The Wye Valley, Brecon Beacons National Park and Forest Dean all areas of outstanding natural beauty. Here you can escape and relax from the patterns of everyday life and enjoy the peaceful countryside. Take a forest drive, a walk or a cycle into the countryside for a great day out.

Newport is alive with history, heritage, culture and scenery. There is so much to do in this area whatever your age or interests. You can walk back through history to the life of the Romans, see the remains of the Fortress and the Amphitheatre designed to hold 6000 spectators. Learn about the fascinating castles, their inhabitants and colourful history, discover the story of the Civil War, learn about the people who fought for the right to vote and won us democracy as we know it today.

Newport has not only played a great roll in the past from the Romans to the industrial revolution to its Transporter Bridge, and canals with fourteen locks, it is a great place today. The town centre offers many shops to choice from, a lot of which are within a pedestrian area for extra safety and comfort. There are some great pubs, which range from real ale houses to modern style, many of which serve good pub food. There are also plenty of restaurants and places to eat out, some of which serve traditional Welsh cuisine. Newport also offers a great night out whether you are looking for a really wild time or a relaxing evening.

 
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 Arts

Newport Museum &! Art Gallery
Here you can explore and discover many things, the local history from Romans to the Chartist uprising with relics from this time, to the weather center.
Location: John Frost Square
Telephone: 01633 840 064

Ffwrwm Crafts &! Arts Center
A great place to explore, discover and relax. Enjoy the many craft shops, the original cobbled courtyard, the rare tulip tree plus much more.
Location: High Street, Caerleon, Newport
Telephone: 01633 430 777

Old Green Murals
A mural to salute the importance of commerce and industry in the town.
Location: The roundabout at the meeting point of the Queensway and the Kingsway.

Civic Center Murals - Hans Feibusch
Here you can enjoy the sequence of painted murals that tell the story of Newport from Celtic times to 1964.
Location: Civic Center, Godfrey Road

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 Attractions

Newport Castle
This 14th century castle was constructed to guard the river crossing.
Location: Nested by Newport Bridge on the riverbank, Newport side of the river

Tredegar House
Journey back in time to discover the lives of this houses powerful owners the Morgan dynasty, who were residents for over 500 years. Explore the magnificent staterooms to the servants quarters.
Location: Newport, Signposted from the M4
Telephone: 01633 815 880

Newport Museum &! Art Gallery
Here you can explore and discover many things, the local history from Romans to the Chartist uprising with relics from this time, to the weather center.
Location: Jon Frost Square
Telephone: 01633 840 064

Roman Legionary Museum
Discover the Roman fortress of Isca, one of the Principal military bases in Roman Britain. Learn about the story of Roman Caerleon, were much still remains to be seen of Caerleon's Roman past.
Location: High Street, Caerleon, Newport. (2 miles north of the M4 junction 25)
Telephone: 01633 423 134

Ffwrwm Crafts &! Arts Center
A great place to explore, discover and relax. Enjoy the many craft shops, the original cobbled courtyard, the rare tulip tree plus much more.
Location: High Street, Caerleon, Newport
Telephone: 01633 430 777

Usk Rural Life Museum
Explore rural life in Wales from the Victorian times to the end of the Second World War. There is so much to discover here about Welsh life, from farmhouse kitchens to rural tools.
Location: The Malt Barn, new Market Street, Usk
Telephone: 01291 673 777

Caldicot Castle &! Park
The Norman's founded this castle and later during the Victorian era it was restored as a family home. The castle itself is set in beautiful gardens and wooded Country Park. Today you can investigate the castles colorful history.
Location: Caldicot Castle, Caldicot
Telephone: 01291 420 241

Cwmcarn Forest Drive &! Visitor Center
Delve into the amazing Ebbw Forest, here you can delight in the 4000 hectares. The drive through the forest is 7 miles, with plenty of places to stop and admire the impressive surrounding scenery. There is also plenty of view points were you can see the surrounding counties of Wales and England. The forest is popular not only for the drive but for cycling, picnics and walking.
Location: Cwmcarn, Crosskeys, Caerphilly
Telephone: 01495 272 001

Caerphilly Castle
This truly magnificent castle and fortress is very impressive and is well worth a visit.
Location: Caerphilly Castle, Caerphilly
Telephone: 02920 883 143

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 Clubs

Annabel's Night Club
Location: 14 Stow Hill
Telephone: 01633 254 234

Chicago Rock Café
Location: The Corn Exchange, High Street
Telephone: 01633 251 551

Club Voodoo
Location: 9 Bridge Street
Telephone: 01633 213 138

Zanaibar
Location: 40 Stow Hill
Telephone: 01633 250 600

V3
Location: 40 Stow Hill
Telephone: 01633 250 600

T.J.'s Disco
Location: 14-18 Clarence Place
Telephone: 01633 216 608

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 History

Newport and the surrounding area is without a doubt beautiful, this leaves little wonder why the area has been sort after for the last 2000 years. Because of this we are left with an area with a wonderful heritage and rich in history. Due to the areas position close to the boarders of Wales and England the area is dotted with an abundance of castles. Newport Castle was built in the 14th century, it was constructed on its site to protect and guard the river crossing. Raglan Castle was built in 1430 on the site of a previous small Norman Castle, today there are some remarkable ruins to explore. Caldicot castle was founded by the Norman's and completed by the late 14th century. It was later restored in the Victorian era as a family home, today the castle is well preserved. Caerphilly is perhaps the most impressive castle in Wales it is certainly the biggest, and has played an essential role in Welsh history. There are also many more castles that demand a closer look.

It is not surprising that Newport itself is full of history, as it is here that the River Usk is at its lowest crossing point. This has offered great settlement advantages throughout the ages from Celts to Romans.

Despite all its colorful history it was the Romans who first put Newport on the map. Just 3 miles north east of Newport lies the town Caerleon, here you will find the remains of the Roman fortress of Isca. Isca was one of the principal military bases in Roman Britain, today there is a surprising amount of evidence of the areas Roman past.

Newport is also famous for one of the most important movements in history today, the fight for the right to vote. Newport is renowned for its part in the Chartist Movement, who were largely responsible for democracy as we know it today. It was fighting for this right to vote in 1839 that many lost their lives in the uprising in Westgate Square.

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 Leisure

Newport has over 400 acres of parkland to enjoy and relax in, great for a picnic or to take a stroll. The town also has a Public Arts Trail, here you can enjoy the many mosaics, a collapsing clock, a steel wave, to statues commemorate the Chartists movement and much more. Newport also has one of the finest leisure and entertainment centers in the country. The Newport Center is host to many events, from world class concerts to popular sports facilities.Newport Center
Telephone: 01633 662 662

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 Pubs

Listed below is a small sample selection of what is on offer.

Ivy Bush Inn
Location: 65 Clarence Place
Telephone: 01633 267 571

Angel Inn
Location: 39 West Street
Telephone: 01633 265 704

Friendly Fox Inn
Location: Caerphilly Road
Telephone: 01633 890 911

The Greyhound
Location: 49 High Street
Telephone: 01633 267 988

Alexandra Inn
Location: 89 Commercial Road
Telephone: 01633 662 665

Harveys
Location: 12-13 High Street
Telephone: 01633 267 801

Friendship Inn
Location: Ringland Center
Telephone: 01633 271 239

The Godfrey Morgan
Location: 156 Chepstow Road
Telephone: 01633 221 988

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 Restaurants


American

Fatty Arbuckles American Dinner
Location: Newport Retail Park, Spytty Road
Telephone: 01633 277 980


Chinese

New Moon
Location: 60 Commercial Street
Telephone: 01633 264 186

Mandarin Rest
Location: 6 Griffin Street
Telephone: 01633 267 368

New China Garden
Location: 40 Cardiff Road
Telephone: 01633 262 071


Indian

Golden Tandorri
Location: 50 Clarence Place
Telephone: 01633 262 033

Grand Tandorri
Location: 84 commercial Street
Telephone: 01633 255 588

Kohinoar tandorri
Location: 164 Chepstow Road
Telephone: 01633 258 615

Jewel Balti Cuisine
Location: 368 Chepstow Road
Telephone: 01633 272 707

King Balti House
Location: 248 Corporation Road
Telephone: 01633 220 662


Italian

Bella Mammas
Location: 14 Cardiff Road
Telephone: 01633 244 226

Chez Giovanni
Location: 52 Clarence Place
Telephone: 01633 259 005

Fratelli
Location: 173 Caerleon Road
Telephone: 01633 264 602


UK

Ben's Bistro
Location: 1Emlyn Square
Telephone: 01633 216 543

Harvester
Location: Malpas Road
Telephone: 01633 858 667

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 Shopping

Newport is excellent for shopping there is everything you would expect from a lively busting town. For your extra comfort and safety many of the shopping areas are pedestrian, allowing you to wonder at your own pace among the shops without the hassle of a car filled street to contend with. There is everything from bargains to boutiques. Wonder through the past at the Victorian Market, here you will find a range of goods from local produce to antiques, even if you are not wanting to buy anything it is worth a visit just to soak up the unique ambience. There is also the Kingsway Shopping Center, which is indoors for the essential all weather shopping.

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 Transport


Air

Newport's nearest airport Cardiff Wales which is only a short journey by car, the next largest, nearest airport, is Bristol.
Telephone: Cardiff International Airport 01446 711 111
Telephone: Bristol Airport 01275 474 444


Car

There is little problem accessing Newport by car, the A40, M4 and M5 all give good accessed to and from Newport. Once in Newport there are many car parks all over the city so there is little stress of finding places to park.


Coach

Newport Bus station is situated in the town center on the junction of Corn Street, Skinner Street and Kingsway. A local bus service run's from here around the town and surrounding area. Alternately if you are wishing to travel to Newport by coach, National Express Coach services have a wide U.K. service with many pick up points and destinations.
Telephone: National Express - 0990 80 80 80


Rail

Newport Train Station is situated on Queensway in the center of town. There are services to Newport from all over the U.K. with good connections if there is no direct train.
National Rail Enquiery Telephone: 0345 48 49 50

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