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Newport (Monmouthshire)

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The City of Newport is in the historic county of Monmouthshire, South Wales and stands at the mouth of the River Usk. It is a busy industrial and commercial center. It is home to the University of Wales Newport [1].

Get in[edit]

  • Road: the M4 motorway skirts Newport to the North. It connects to Cardiff and Swansea to the West and London, via the Severn Bridge, to the East. This is used by the National Express and other coach companies to connect to the London (2hrs), Bristol (45 mins), and Cardiff (35 mins) airports and the rest of the UK.
  • Rail: Newport has a railway station on the main line between London Paddington and South Wales. It is also the junction of the main line to the West Midlands. Train companies that serve Newport are Arriva Trains Wales, Cross Country and First Great Western. Journey times by rail include London 1 hr 45 mins, Birmingham 1 hr 45 mins, Bristol 35 mins, Cardiff 15 mins.
Newport Transporter Bridge

Get around[edit]

The local bus services are provided by Newport Transport. They cover all parts of the city and there are also routes to nearby Cwmbran and Cardiff. From April to September open-top sightseeing tours by bus last 75 mins. Every 90 mins from the Bus Station.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Fourteen Locks Canal Visitor Centre [2], High Cross. Open Easter to late Sep, closed Tuesday & Wednesday. Free admission. Tel: 01633 894802
  • Newport Museum & Art Gallery, John Frost Square, Tel: 01633 840064
  • The ruins of the 14C Newport Castle [3] on the banks of the River Usk.
  • Roman Legionary Museum, Caerleon [4]. Tel: 01633 423134. Open 10:00-17:00 Mon-Sat, 14:00-17:00 Sun.
  • Somerton TARDIS, Between Acacia Ave. and Somerton Crescent. An old fashioned police box that is an English Heritage listed structure. It's name refers to its similarity in appearance to the time travel craft from the Doctor Who television series.
  • St Woolos Cathedral [5], Stow Hill.
  • Tredegar House and Country Park. 17C mansion and 90 acre park. Tel: 01633 815880. Park and Woodland Walk open 09:00 to dusk all year. House is open for tours from Easter to September, Wed–Sun inc Bank Holidays 11:30–16.00.
  • Transporter Bridge [6] - the symbol of Newport.
  • Villa Mowat Caerleon Road.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Newport Fugitives Cricket Club, High Cross Road, 01633 895297, [7]. 7:00-11:00. Cricket & Social Club for members and non-members  edit
  • Newport Golf Club, Great Oak, Rogerstone (M4, J27), 01633 892643, [8]. Wales' premier parkland golf club. Open to non-members.  edit
  • Newport Gwent Dragons, Rodney Parade, 01633 670690, [9]. The Dragons, a fully professional team, play in the Magners League alongside teams from Wales, Scotland and Ireland. They also compete in the Europe-wide Heineken Cup or European Challenge Cup (depending on performance) as well as the Anglo-Welsh Cup alongside Welsh and English teams.  edit
  • Newport Rugby Club, Rodney Parade, 01633 670690, [10]. One of the most famous rugby clubs in Wales; now a semi-professional side playing in the Welsh Premier Division.  edit
  • Newport County Football Club, Rodney Parade, 01633 662262, [11]. Football & Social Club for members and non-members  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Newport Market, Upper Dock St, Newport NP20 1DD, 01633 265069. Newport Market is a traditional Victorian indoor market, built in 1854 in Newport, South Wales. It is an early example of a large-span cast iron-frame building featuring a glass-filled barrel roof  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • The Waterloo Hotel, 113 Alexandra Road (Just off the A48 near Newport Transporter Bridge), 01633 264 266, [12]. The Waterloo Hotel was renovated in 2006 and has 21 luxury en-suite bedrooms all of an excellent standard. The bedrooms are complimented by a superb restaurant offering a wide range of freshly-prepared Bristish and European dishes.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Revolution 8-11 Griffin St.
  • Lloyds No.1- The Queen's Hotel 19 Bridge St. A trendy bar run by wetherspoons with a friendly atmosphere.
  • The Meze Lounge 6 Market St. An alternative/Rock club, enjoyed even by those that do not enjoy the genre of music, great drinks, great prices and great atmosphere.
  • Reflex 80's Bar 43-44 High St. An 80's bar with a friendly atmosphere, and good choice of drinks.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Celtic Manor Resort Hotel [13], Coldra Woods. Tel: 01633 413000, mailto:bookings@celtic-manor.com, Rooms from £190
  • Hilton Hotel, Chepstow Road, Langstone
  • Holiday Inn, M4 J24
  • Express by Holiday Inn Celtic Springs, Cleppa Park, Rooms from £70
  • Knoll Guesthouse, 145 Stow Hill
  • Ibid Budget Newport Hotel, 164 Malpas Road, NP20 5PP NEWPORT, (+44)0163 385 9058, [14]. Ibis budget Hotel Newport is a low-cost hotel situated in central Newport. The ibis Newport hotel is close to the shopping and nightlife of Newport town centre.  edit

Get out[edit]

  • Go to Blaenafon for the Big Pit National Coal Museum.
  • Penhow Castle [15]. 9 miles along the A48 towards Chepstow, on the right. Tel: 01633 400800.
  • Cwmcarn Forest Drive [16], Nantgarn Road, Cwmcarn, Crosskeys. Tel: 01495 272001, mailto:cwmcarn-vc@caerphilly.gov.uk. Forest Drive open Mar-Easter 11:00-18:00, Easter to Aug 11:00-19:00, Sep 11:00-18:00, Oct 11:00-17:00, Nov 11:00-17:00 (weekends only). Visitor Centre and Campsite open Easter-Sep Mon-Thur, 9:00-17:00, Fri-Mon, 9:00-18:00, Oct-Easter 9:00-17:00 except Fri, 9:00-16:30. (Call for Christmas opening hours).
  • Caerwent [17] - the remains of a Roman city, 12 miles along the A48, towards Chepstow.

Stay Safe[edit]

Whilst Newport is a relatively safe city, like many others, crime can occur. Usually, you will encounter no problems, however at times the city centre can be slightly intimidating and conflict between locals is not an uncommon sight. Unfortunately, yobbish behaviour from deprived youths is on the rise in Newport. Unknown to them, this causes problems for the city's reputation and even economy. Newport's rough reputation is unfortunately very accurate at night. Non locals may find themselves extremely intimidated at night as thuggish behaviour is on the rise, the best way to avoid trouble at night in Newport is to always stay in groups, as the more yobbish kind will start a fight over something as small as accidently being bumped into. Note that in certain bars such as the Meze Lounge and Lloyds Queens Hotel you will be much safer than places such as Revolution. Visitors should be aware that while you may be intimidated, your personal safety in Newport on the whole is not really at risk, in the unlikely event that a threatening situation occurs it is best to simply move on and avoid offending anybody. Rest assured that the problems described above lie mainly within the youths of the city, and most people you meet will be friendly!! Newport is without a doubt the roughest city in Wales... but remember we only have 6!!

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