From ultra-rare transporter bridges to ecologically incredible wetlands and golf clubs to farm parks, there’s something for everyone in the great Newport outdoors.
Over 100 years old, the Newport Transporter Bridge is one of only ten bridges of its kind. It was built to transport goods and vehicles across the river while still allowing boats beneath.
The largest in the world, the bridge is still in operation and at 75 metres high, offers impressive views across the region. You can even climb up to the top to take in the views, while the visitor centre on the riverbank explains its fascinating history.
Established in 2000, the Newport Wetlands spreads over 1,000 acres, with the thriving ecosystem home to dozens of birds, mammals and a wide range of plant life. The visitor centre is a hive of activity, with a gift shop, café and in-depth information on the animals and the environment, while there are six kilometres of paths, which are perfect for dogs on leads and family bike rides. There are also several hides across different environments, allowing you to get up close and personal with rare breeds of birds, including bitterns, dunlins and little egrets. Plus, if you’re lucky and time your visit right, you might get to see 50,000 birds swooping at dusk as they settle down for the night.
Commonly regarded as one of the best golf courses in South Wales, Newport Golf Club was founded in 1903 and, thanks to its elevation 300 feet above sea level, has awesome views across the rolling green countryside and down into the Bristol Channel.
Located in the ancient oak, birch and beech trees of Llwyni Wood, the 6,500-feet-long course navigates along carefully manicured fairways and deep-lying bunkers, offering a challenging but enjoyable course that’s open to visitors.
A popular family attraction, Walnut Tree Farm Park in St. Brides was once the largest dairy farm in Wales before heading into tourism and enjoying great success. The farm is home to a wide range of activities, including tractor rides, indoor and outdoor play areas, go-karts, horse and pony rides, a petting area and three fishing lakes spread over 80 acres of farmland. There’s an on-site café as well as plenty of picnic tables, and the park is open throughout the year.
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.
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