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The Ultimate Guide to Exploring Newport: Where to Stay and What to Do

Nestled along the scenic banks of the River Usk in South East Wales, Newport beckons with its rich history, vibrant culture, and breathtaking landscapes. Whether you're a history buff, an outdoor enthusiast, or a foodie craving culinary delights, Newport offers something for everyone.


In this ultimate guide, we'll uncover the best places to stay and the top attractions to explore during your visit to this captivating city in the UK.


Where to Stay in Newport


Crescent Apartments

Discover the perfect blend of comfort, style, and convenience at Crescent Apartments, ideally situated in the heart of Newport City. Enjoy easy access to Friars Walk Shopping Centre, transport links, and an array of shops, restaurants, and pubs within walking distance. The fully equipped kitchen, comfortable bed, and modern amenities cater to both leisure and professional guests.


With enhanced cleaning protocols and an online concierge system, Crescent Apartments offer a seamless and memorable stay for couples, individuals, and business travelers alike. Whether you're exploring Wales' landmarks or working remotely, they provide the ideal base for your Newport adventure.



Eveswell Studios

Eveswell Studios offer modern accommodations just 4 minutes from Newport City's bustling center, with shops, dining options, and transport links within walking distance. Each studio is brand new and equipped with amenities such as fully equipped kitchens, washing machines, private bathrooms, and smart TVs.


The stylish decor and comfortable furnishings create a homely yet practical space for both leisure and professional guests.



The Dock House

Nestled along the River Usk, this 5-bedroom townhouse offers a prime location just a 10-minute walk from Newport City's center. With a mix of 2 doubles, 3 singles, and a sofa bed, it's perfect for professionals, families, and groups.


Amenities include a fully equipped kitchen, 2.5 bathrooms, allocated parking, and super-fast Wi-Fi. An online concierge system ensures a contactless experience, while the enhanced cleaning protocol prioritizes guest safety. Enjoy homely comforts like Egyptian cotton linens and a smart TV, making it an ideal base for exploring Wales.



Kensington

Bring your whole family to this spacious and stylish 4-bedroom house, perfect for families, groups, and business travelers. Located in a leafy Georgian neighborhood with ample free parking, it offers self check-in, super-fast Wi-Fi, and a fully equipped kitchen. With 2 double and 2 twin bedrooms, it sleeps 8 comfortably. Enjoy amenities like Egyptian cotton bed linens, a smart TV, and a rear garden. Business guests will appreciate the study room with a desk and whiteboard.


Just a short drive from ICC/Celtic Manor, and within walking distance to restaurants, takeaways, and the city center, it's the perfect base for exploring Wales.


Enjoy a restful night's sleep and start your day with breakfast in the fully equipped kitchen. With a bathroom with shower over bath, a ground floor half-bath, and one of the master bedrooms featuring another half-bath, comfort and convenience are assured. Relax, unwind, and make yourself at home at Kensington Place.



Newport Ship's Nook

"The Ship's Nook" at Alexandra Court in Newport offers a charming blend of history and modernity. This renovated gem, once the Old Ship Hotel, provides a perfect escape for NHS professionals, contractors, and Wales explorers alike.


Conveniently situated in the heart of the city, this apartment boasts a complete kitchen, private bath, high-speed Wi-Fi, Smart TV, and plush Egyptian cotton linens. Whether you're here for work or leisure, its chic ambiance and dedicated workspace ensure a comfortable stay. Discover Newport's charm and unwind in this cozy haven, mere moments from all the city has to offer.



Stay at AirFreedom and experience the ultimate in comfort and convenience at our serviced apartments in South Wales. As a token of our appreciation for the dedication and hard work of NHS staff, we are pleased to offer an exclusive fixed-price offer for stays over a week.


Enjoy the peace of mind knowing that you have a comfortable and welcoming place to call home during your time in South Wales. With our exceptional customer service and commitment to excellence, you can relax and focus on what matters most.


Book your stay with AirFreedom today and experience the difference firsthand.


Exploring Newport


Discover Historic Landmarks


Explore Newport's rich history by visiting its historic landmarks and attractions. Here are some notable landmarks:

  • Newport Castle: Built in the 14th century by Hugh de Audley, the castle played a crucial role in defending the area during the Welsh Wars. Today, only fragments of the original structure remain, but it remains an important historical site.

  • Newport Transporter Bridge: A symbol of industrial heritage, the Newport Transporter Bridge is one of only six operational transporter bridges in the world. Built in 1906, it spans the River Usk and offers panoramic views of the surrounding area.

Nighttime view of Newport Bridge illuminated with blue lights, casting reflections on the tranquil waters below

  • St. Woolos Cathedral: Also known as Newport Cathedral, St. Woolos Cathedral is a Grade I listed building with origins dating back to the 6th century. It underwent several renovations over the centuries and features impressive architecture and stained glass windows.

  • Newport Market: Established in the mid-19th century, Newport Market is a historic indoor market that showcases Victorian architecture and offers a wide range of goods, including fresh produce, crafts, and antiques.

Interior view of Newport Market highlighting its Victorian architecture and diverse array of goods

  • Belle Vue Park: Opened in 1894, Belle Vue Park is a picturesque Victorian park known for its landscaped gardens, ornamental features, and historic buildings. It provides a peaceful retreat from the urban hustle and bustle.

  • Newport Museum and Art Gallery: Housed in a beautiful Grade II listed building, the Newport Museum and Art Gallery showcases the history, art, and culture of the city and surrounding area through a diverse range of exhibits and displays.


  • Tredegar House: Located just outside Newport, Tredegar House is a magnificent 17th-century mansion surrounded by landscaped gardens and parkland. It offers insight into the lives of the aristocratic Morgan family and features stunning architecture and period furnishings.

Interior view of Tredegar House, featuring its elegant period furnishings and architectural details

These landmarks offer a glimpse into Newport's past and are integral parts of its cultural identity, attracting visitors from far and wide to explore its history and heritage.


Explore Natural Beauty


  • Craig y Llyn: Embark on a scenic hike or mountain bike ride through the breathtaking landscapes of Craig y Llyn, offering panoramic views, and the surrounding countryside from its summit.


  • Caerleon Roman Fortress and Baths: Immerse yourself in history and natural beauty at Caerleon Roman Fortress and Baths, where you can wander among ancient ruins and lush greenery along the banks of the River Usk.


  • Parc Penallta: Discover the tranquil woodlands, meadows, and ponds of Parc Penallta, an expansive country park ideal for walking, cycling, and wildlife watching.

Aerial view of Parc Penallta highlighting the iconic land art sculpture 'Sultan the Pit Pony,' a majestic carved horse symbolizing the area's coal mining heritage

  • Allt-yr-yn Nature Reserve: Explore the diverse habitats of Allt-yr-yn Nature Reserve, including woodlands, meadows, and wetlands, which are home to a variety of plant and animal species.


  • Rogerstone Woods: Wander through the ancient woodlands of Rogerstone Woods, where you can admire bluebell carpets in spring, spot wildlife year-round, and enjoy scenic views of the surrounding countryside.

  • Machen Mountain: Hike to the summit of Machen Mountain for panoramic views of the Usk Valley and Bristol Channel, passing through lush forests and open moorland along the way.

Machen Mountain, offering panoramic views of the Usk Valley and Bristol Channel, with lush forests and open moorland contributing to its scenic beauty

  • Mynydd Maen: Ascend Mynydd Maen, a scenic hill overlooking Newport, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the city, surrounding countryside, and Bristol Channel from its summit.


  • Sirhowy Valley Country Park: Explore the picturesque landscapes of Sirhowy Valley Country Park, which offers a network of walking and cycling trails, picnic areas, and stunning views of the Sirhowy River.

Sirhowy Valley Country Park, offering picturesque landscapes with walking and cycling trails, picnic areas, and stunning views of the Sirhowy River

  • Newport Coastal Path: Follow the Newport Coastal Path along the rugged coastline of the Gwent Levels, where you can enjoy sea views, spot wildlife, and discover hidden coves and beaches.

  • Wentwood Forest: Venture into the ancient Wentwood Forest, one of the largest ancient woodlands in Wales, where you can wander among towering trees, tranquil streams, and abundant wildlife.

Enjoy Outdoor Activities

  • Cycling: Explore Newport's scenic routes and cycle paths, such as the Newport Wetlands Reserve or the Celtic Trail, which offers beautiful views of the countryside.

  • Walking and Hiking: Discover the natural beauty of Newport by exploring its many walking trails and hiking routes. The Fourteen Locks Canal Centre and Nature Reserve and the Sirhowy Valley Country Park are excellent spots for a stroll or a challenging hike.

  • Golfing: Newport boasts several excellent golf courses, including the Celtic Manor Resort, host of the 2010 Ryder Cup. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned golfer, you'll find courses suitable for all skill levels.

  • Water Sports: Head to the nearby coast for a day of water sports, including surfing, kayaking, and paddleboarding. The beaches of nearby Barry Island and Penarth offer ideal conditions for water-based activities.


  • Wildlife Watching: Newport is home to several nature reserves and parks where you can spot a variety of wildlife, including birds, mammals, and reptiles. The Newport Wetlands Reserve is a haven for birdwatchers, with its diverse bird population and scenic wetlands.

  • Horse Riding: Explore Newport's countryside on horseback with a guided horse riding excursion. Several equestrian centers in the area offer horse riding lessons and guided trail rides through scenic countryside.


  • Fishing: Cast your line in one of Newport's many rivers and lakes for a relaxing day of fishing. The River Usk and the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal are popular spots for anglers seeking trout, salmon, and coarse fish.

  • Adventure Activities: For adrenaline junkies, Newport offers a range of adventure activities, including rock climbing, zip-lining, and high ropes courses. Challenge yourself at an adventure park or outdoor activity center for an exhilarating day out.

Sample Local Cuisine


Welsh Cakes

A traditional Welsh treat, Welsh cakes are small, round cakes made from flour, butter, sugar, and currants or raisins. They're typically cooked on a griddle and served warm with butter or jam.


Freshly baked Welsh cakes arranged on a ceramic plate, showcasing their golden-brown exterior and deliciously soft texture, ready to be enjoyed as a traditional Welsh treat

Places that have them:


  • Parc Pantry: This cozy cafe and bakery often features Welsh cakes on its menu, along with other homemade goodies.

  • Freshwater Coffee House: Located in the heart of Newport, Freshwater Coffee House is a popular spot for coffee and light bites. They sometimes offer Welsh cakes as a sweet treat to accompany your beverage.

  • The Celtic Manor Resort: As one of Newport's premier resorts, The Celtic Manor may serve Welsh cakes in its various dining establishments, particularly during special events or themed menus.

  • The Pod Café at the Riverfront Theatre: This cafe, situated within the Riverfront Theatre, occasionally offers Welsh cakes as part of its selection of snacks and desserts.

  • Local Markets: Keep an eye out for local markets and food festivals in Newport, where you may find stalls selling homemade Welsh cakes alongside other traditional Welsh foods.



Glamorgan Sausages

These vegetarian sausages are made from a mixture of cheese, breadcrumbs, leeks, and herbs, coated in breadcrumbs and fried until golden brown. They're a delicious and hearty option for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.


Places available:


  • The Pod Café at the Riverfront Theatre: This cozy café, located within the Riverfront Theatre, occasionally features Glamorgan sausages on its menu as a vegetarian option.

  • Local Markets: Keep an eye out for food stalls at local markets and festivals in Newport, where vendors may sell homemade Glamorgan sausages alongside other Welsh delicacies.

  • The Celtic Manor Resort: As a prominent resort in Newport, The Celtic Manor may include Glamorgan sausages in its menus, particularly during special events or themed dining experiences.


Cawl

A traditional Welsh soup, cawl is made with lamb or beef, potatoes, carrots, and leeks, simmered together in a broth seasoned with herbs. It's a comforting and nourishing dish that's perfect for warming up on a chilly day.

A steaming bowl of cawl, a traditional Welsh soup, featuring tender pieces of lamb or beef, potatoes, carrots, and leeks, simmered in a flavorful broth, served piping hot for a comforting and hearty meal

Places available:


  • The Pod Café at the Riverfront Theatre: This café sometimes features Welsh dishes on its menu, including cawl, especially during colder months or as part of Welsh-themed events.

  • The Ridgeway Bar & Kitchen: Known for its focus on locally sourced ingredients and Welsh-inspired dishes, this restaurant occasionally offers cawl on its menu, particularly during winter months.

  • The Waterloo Hotel & Bistro: Situated in the heart of Newport, this hotel and bistro sometimes includes cawl as a special dish on its menu, especially during traditional Welsh holidays or events.

  • The Hanbury Arms: A traditional pub located in Caerleon, just outside Newport, The Hanbury Arms occasionally serves cawl, particularly during colder seasons or as part of its rotating menu of hearty, homemade dishes.


Welsh Rarebit

Often referred to as "the original cheese on toast," Welsh rarebit is a simple but delicious dish made with toasted bread topped with a savory cheese sauce made from melted cheese, butter, mustard, and ale or milk.


Places available:


  • The Pod Café at the Riverfront Theatre: This café occasionally features Welsh-inspired dishes on its menu, including Welsh rarebit, particularly during themed events or as part of seasonal offerings.

  • The Ridgeway Bar & Kitchen: Known for its focus on locally sourced ingredients and Welsh-inspired dishes, this restaurant sometimes includes Welsh rarebit as a special item on its menu, especially during colder months.

  • The Waterloo Hotel & Bistro: Situated in the heart of Newport, this hotel and bistro occasionally serves Welsh rarebit as part of its rotating menu of traditional dishes and modern interpretations of Welsh cuisine.

  • The Hanbury Arms: Located in Caerleon, just outside Newport, The Hanbury Arms occasionally features Welsh rarebit on its menu, particularly as a comforting option during colder seasons or as part of its selection of pub classics.

  • Local Farmers' Markets: While not restaurants, local farmers' markets in Newport sometimes feature food stalls or vendors offering homemade Welsh rarebit made with locally sourced ingredients.

Laverbread

A traditional Welsh delicacy, laverbread is made from seaweed that's been washed, boiled, and pureed to create a thick, dark paste. It's often served as part of a cooked breakfast or as a side dish with bacon and eggs.


Laverbread is a traditional Welsh delicacy made from seaweed that's been washed, boiled, and pureed to create a thick, dark paste

  • The Pod Café at the Riverfront Theatre: This café occasionally features Welsh-inspired dishes on its menu, including laverbread, particularly during themed events or as part of seasonal offerings.

  • The Ridgeway Bar & Kitchen: Known for its focus on locally sourced ingredients and Welsh-inspired dishes, this restaurant sometimes includes laverbread as a special item on its menu, especially during colder months.

  • The Waterloo Hotel & Bistro: Situated in the heart of Newport, this hotel and bistro occasionally serves laverbread as part of its rotating menu of traditional dishes and modern interpretations of Welsh cuisine.

  • The Hanbury Arms: Located in Caerleon, just outside Newport, The Hanbury Arms occasionally features laverbread on its menu, particularly as a comforting option during colder seasons or as part of its selection of pub classics.


Bara Brith

A traditional Welsh fruitcake, bara brith is made with dried fruit, spices, tea, and sugar, soaked overnight before being mixed with flour and baked. It's often served sliced and spread with butter or enjoyed with a cup of tea.


Places available:


  • Pettigrew Tea Rooms: While located in Cardiff, Pettigrew Tea Rooms is known for its traditional Welsh afternoon tea offerings, which sometimes include Bara Brith among other Welsh delicacies.

  • The Pod Café at the Riverfront Theatre: This café occasionally features Welsh-inspired dishes on its menu, including Bara Brith, particularly during themed events or as part of seasonal offerings.

  • Local Farmers' Markets: While not restaurants, local farmers' markets in Newport sometimes feature food stalls or vendors offering homemade Bara Brith made with locally sourced ingredients.

  • Bakeries and Delis: Some local bakeries or delis in Newport may offer Bara Brith as part of their baked goods selection, especially those that specialize in traditional Welsh treats or artisanal bread.

  • Specialty Shops: Specialty food shops or stores that focus on Welsh products may occasionally stock Bara Brith, either freshly baked or packaged, allowing you to enjoy this classic Welsh treat at home.


Taffy

A popular Welsh sweet, taffy is made from boiled sugar syrup that's stretched and pulled until it becomes chewy and elastic. It's often flavored with vanilla or other extracts and can be found in a variety of colors and flavors.


Pink taffy candy wrapped in pink cellophane

Places available:


  • Local Candy Shops: Specialty candy stores or sweet shops in Newport may occasionally stock Welsh taffy, either homemade or sourced from local producers.

  • Farmers' Markets: Local farmers' markets in Newport sometimes feature food stalls or vendors offering handmade sweets and confections, including traditional Welsh taffy.

  • Welsh Specialty Stores: Shops that specialize in Welsh products or souvenirs may carry taffy among their selection of traditional Welsh treats.

  • Confectionery Stalls at Events: During festivals, fairs, or special events in Newport, you may come across confectionery stalls selling various sweets, including taffy.

  • Local Bakeries or Delis: Some bakeries or delis in Newport may offer taffy as part of their confectionery selection, particularly those that emphasize traditional Welsh products or homemade treats.

  • Tourist Information Centers: Tourist information centers or visitor centers in Newport may sell locally made taffy as part of their range of souvenirs and gifts representing Welsh culture.


Fish and Chips

A British classic, fish and chips is a must-try dish when visiting Newport. Fresh fish, such as cod or haddock, is battered and deep-fried until crispy, then served with hot, thick-cut chips (French fries) and mushy peas. It's a comforting and satisfying meal that's perfect for enjoying by the sea.


A plate of golden-brown fried fish fillets and thick-cut French fries

Places available:

  • The Chippy Fish & Grill: Located on High Street, The Chippy Fish & Grill offers a variety of fish and chips options, along with other seafood dishes.

  • Albert Avenue Fish Bar: Situated on Albert Avenue, this fish bar is known for its freshly fried fish and chips served in generous portions.

  • John's Fish Bar: Located on Chepstow Road, John's Fish Bar is a favorite among locals for its crispy fish and perfectly cooked chips.

  • Leo's Fish Bar: Situated on Caerleon Road, Leo's Fish Bar is praised for its tasty fish and chips served with traditional sides like mushy peas and curry sauce.

  • Harbwr Fish Bar: This fish bar is located on High Street and offers a selection of freshly prepared fish and chips, including haddock and cod options.

  • Seagull Fish Bar: Found on Malpas Road, Seagull Fish Bar is another popular spot for classic fish and chips in Newport.


Crab Cakes

Crab cakes are a delicious appetizer or main course made from lump crab meat, breadcrumbs, herbs, and spices, formed into patties and pan-fried until golden brown. They're often served with a zesty remoulade sauce or aioli for dipping.


golden-brown crab cakes served on a white plate, garnished with fresh herbs

  • Le Bistrot Pierre: Located on Friars Walk, Le Bistrot Pierre is a French-inspired restaurant that occasionally features crab cakes on its menu as a special or seasonal dish.

  • Belle Vue Tea Rooms: Situated on Belle Vue Terrace, this charming tea room occasionally offers crab cakes as part of its seafood selection.

  • The Pod: Found on High Street, The Pod is known for its eclectic menu, which may include crab cakes as a tasty appetizer or main course option.

  • The Gallery Coffee Shop: Located within Newport Indoor Market, The Gallery Coffee Shop sometimes serves crab cakes alongside its selection of freshly prepared dishes.

  • The Priory Hotel: Situated on Caerleon Road, The Priory Hotel is known for its high-quality dining experience, and crab cakes may feature on its menu from time to time.

  • The Riverside Hotel Restaurant: Found on At George Street, The Riverside Hotel Restaurant occasionally offers crab cakes as part of its seafood menu.


So whether you're planning a weekend getaway or a longer stay, Newport has everything you need for an unforgettable experience. We hope this guide has inspired you to explore all that this charming city has to offer.

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