Newport travel guide
Nestling in the Wye Valley on the banks of the River Usk is a city with a long and interesting history and we hope our Newport travel guide will whet your appetite with its travel and tourism information and encourage you to visit it. Situated only 12 miles from Cardiff, it offers many places of historical and natural interest from the very old to the very new.
Not least of these is Caerleon a Roman Legionary fortress, believed by some to be the seat of Camelot and King Arthur’s Round Table. In Roman times it was a crucially important military site catering for thousands of soldiers in no mean style; with baths, an amphitheatre, temples and much more. The town does its best to live up to its past through various events like exhibitions and archaeological digs. And if you wish to travel even further back in time, you should take in the Neolithic site of Pentre Ifan, 4 miles from Newport. This chambered tomb is best appreciated at the rising or setting or the sun.
Tredgar House is another important attraction. This fabulous 16th century country house was modernised in the 18th century and fully restored in 1970s to make it one of the must-sees of Newport. Apart from its stunning interior, the park lands, complete with lake, make a great day out for visitors.
St Woolos Cathedral fills most visitors with awe. Its site has been a place of worship since the fifth or sixth century when a wooden church was built on the site; but the present cathedral is a fusion of past and present. It was rebuilt in Saxon times and the Galilee Chapel dates back to those days. There is also a Norman nave and an impressive modern chancel, but your eyes will be drawn to the floor of tombstones, some dating back to the 17th century, as you walk down the aisle.
The city’s museum and art gallery, with free entry, help to fill any gaps in the local history and include interesting paintings of the bygone local coal mining communities, while the Riverfront Arts Centre celebrates a diverse wealth of artistic entertainments.
One of the world’s very few transporter bridges still in operation is the Newport Transporter Bridge, built at the turn of the 20th century, from which cars and passengers can be carried across the river in a large cradle – an exciting and usual way to travel and well worth the very inexpensive trip.
And let’s not forget that Newport is a coastal town and not without its seaside attractions in the summer. Seagrove Bay offers plenty of watersports for the active and there are also adventure playgrounds and activities nearby for the little ones. Nature reserves, golfing paradises, historic buildings and ruined castles – whatever your age or interests, Newport has much to offer its visitors.