Things to do in Newport

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.


Attractions

Home to some of the biggest and most complete Roman ruins in the UK, make sure to check out the Caerleon complex, including an amphitheatre, fortress and baths. Plus, there’s Newport Castle, some stunning nature reserves and the Newport Velodrome.

Activities

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!


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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.

Nightlife

A city in love with pubs, we could easily dedicate an entire website to the best drinking holes in Newport. As it is, we’ve narrowed the selection down to the best bars and pubs, including live music venues, rooftop terraces, swanky cocktail hang-outs and more.


Culture

A city indebted to its Roman heritage, it’s easy to spend a day or more discovering the Roman ruins and exploring the National Roman Legion Museum. But then you’d be missing out on the 15th-century Newport Ship, the Newport Museum and Art Gallery and loads more!

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.

Shopping

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.


Newport Velodrome

Pay a visit to the Newport Velodrome, where you can whizz around their 250-metre Olympic-standard track at up to 45 mph. Boasting some of the finest Siberian pine and no less than five internationally recognised indoor velodromes, it is the home of Welsh cycling and the only venue of its kind in all of Wales.

Entertainment

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.


Historic buildings

A city steeped in Roman history, Newport is alive with ancient buildings. The Caerleon fortress, baths and amphitheatre are some of the best-preserved remains in the UK. Make sure that Tredegar House, the medieval Newport Cathedral and Newport Castle are all on your to-do list too.

Outdoor activities

A green and very pleasant land, Newport has so much to offer once you’re in the great outdoors. From the historical Newport Transporter Bridge and its towering views across the region to the diverse ecosystems in Newport Wetlands, via a sprawling farm park perfect for family days out, there's something for everyone.

Getting around

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.


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Newport is the ideal place for a city break. You can explore the city centre and its Roman ruins, or visit the surrounding countryside, with the picturesque Wye Valley, the Forest of Dean, and the Brecon Beacons right on your doorstep. Newport is also the gateway to the castles of the Welsh Marches, and the golfing capital of Wales. Whichever reason you have for visiting, our hotels in Newport are perfect for exploring the city and its nearby attractions.