Things to do in Newport, Wales

Newport is a small city, with a population of around 14,000 people. If you take in to account the surrounding urban area, the population rises to about 165,000, as there are another 20 or so different parishes and wards. Close in proximity is Cardiff, as well as being particularly close to England, linked by the M4 and M48 motorways.

Newport is a fairly flat city, with the odd hilly area thrown in for good measure. Despite its size Newport is big on charm and there are plenty of cottages in Wales. There are plenty of activities and things to do in Newport as well.

CAERLEON

Once one of the most important military sites in Britain,Caerleon was once home to 5,000 soldiers and horsemen. There was an amphitheatre, bath house, shops and temples, which is now a historic town which includes pubs, restaurants and tea rooms. Visit the National Roman Legion Museum to get more of a sense of the history of Caerleon, as well as the Fortress Baths for some insight in to Roman history.

TREDEGAR HOUSE

Tredegar House is a fantastic example of a 17th century mansion, though the earliest surviving section actually dates back to the 1500’s. It was home to the Morgan family, who became lords of Tredegar, for over 500 years. They were important to the immediate area socially, economically and politically and they once owned over 40,000 acres of land in the surrounding area. Tours are available daily. You may not have the Tredgar House but there are plenty of holiday cottages in Wales.

NEWPORT MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY

Established in 1888 this may be the best place to learn about Newport – its history, culture and environment. Artifacts date back as far as to Prehistoric times and there is a fabulous collection of Roman artifacts, showcasing their military and civilian lives.

FOURTEEN LOCKS

Located just outside Newport a visit to the Fourteen Locks Canal Visitors Centre will take you on a journey through time where you can see the growth and decline of the canal, and its role in transporting goods such as coal, iron, limestone and bricks from South Wales to Newport. You can take a virtual journey along the canal and try your hand at working a lock, all from within the center.

CELTIC MANOR

Located just outside the city is the Celtic Manor which is owned by local billionaire Terrence Matthews. Besides hosting world class golf, it also has a world class spa, hotel and dining options. The property was once a hospital where Matthews was born and the hotel has hosted major events like the Presidents cup.

Newport is the third largest city in the country, and is a friendly, charming place to visit. There is a wide variety of accommodations, and no shortage of history, shopping, and fantastic restaurants to keep you entertained and well looked after. Newport offers something for the whole family and a trip here is a trip worth taking.

 

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