Our handy guide is here to help you plan exactly what to do in Newport. A major Welsh city once defined by its rich Roman heritage, it has grown in recent decades to become a well-rounded destination. The addition of the Riverfront Theatre and Art Gallery has given the city a cultural focus, while the Caerleon Roman ruins remain some of the best preserved in the UK. There may be dozens of Newports across the world, but we think this one is the best, with some amazing cafés and restaurants, more pubs than you could shake a pint glass at, excellent attractions and hotels in Newport, alongside a rejuvenated city centre that’s home to the state-of-the-art Friars Walk Shopping Centre.
Things to do in Newport
When the sun is shining, there can be fewer better places in Wales - take a trip over the Transporter Bridge, go birdwatching in the wetlands or head to one of the largest farm parks in the country. And there’s plenty of fun inside, with cinema complexes, trampoline parks, go-karting and more!
Welsh ballet? Check. Top-flight rugby and football at a modern, well-equipped stadium? Check. Live music every weekend, and during the week if you’re lucky? Check. Three theatres putting on a range of musicals, stage productions and pantomimes? Check, check and check again. There really is something for everyone on Newport’s entertainment scene.
Fancy indulging in a spot of retail therapy? Make sure you read our guide to Newport’s top shopping destinations first, featuring the two-level Friars Walk Shopping Centre, which boasts a wide selection of shops, alongside a choice of bars, restaurants and entertainment options.
Equidistant from Cardiff and Bristol airports, both which welcome around a million passengers a year, Newport is well-serviced by international connections, while the city is home to the biggest and best-served bus station in Wales with regular services to London, Manchester and Cardiff.
Places to eat
From hidden coffee houses and charming cafés perched behind the sea walls to a host of fine-dining restaurants and some of the best Indian restaurants in Wales, Newport’s restaurant and café scene is alive and very much cooking.
Riverfront Arts Centre
Newport might only be small, but it packs an entertainment punch with the exceptional Riverfront Arts Centre being the gem of the city’s art scene. The venue plays host to an program of events across its two theatres, art gallery, dance studio, recording studio and workshop room.