|Newport is justly proud of its success as a multiple ‘Wales in Bloom’ winner, with gorgeous floral displays in its parks and city centre every summer. It is a city of contrasts - medieval cathedral and castle rub shoulders with exuberant Victorian architecture,
Newport has one of the finest leisure and entertainment centres in Britain, as well as an excellent art gallery with important collections of British paintings, ceramics and sculpture. The museum houses Roman archaeology, relics from the famous Chartist uprising in South Wales (which ended at Newport), and a fascinating ‘Wildlife in the Home’ display. The Newport WetlandsReserve attracts a wealth of wetland birds and other wildlife and flora, such as orchids, butterflies, dragonflies and otters, and has recently opened a new visitor and education centre.
The city’s most famous landmark, the Newport Transporter Bridge is currently closed for essential repairs, which unfortunately means that the gondola is not running. However, groups interested in visiting should contact the Friends of Newport Transporter Bridge, and various open days throughout the year provide the opportunity for people to take a walk across the top platform to the other side of the river, if you can make it up the many flights of steps, that is!
Tredegar House is South Wales’ finest country house and was home to the powerful Morgan family for over 500 years. Fascinating tours take visitors ‘below’ as well as ‘above stairs’ to the servants' quarters and gilded staterooms. The 17th century mansion is set in 90 acres of magnificent parkland with restored walled gardens, a restaurant and craft workshops.
Fourteen Locks is a relaxing place for a stroll along the canal, a snack or coffee in the new Visitor Centre, or why not join in one of the guided walks?
Newport city centre has a traditional indoor market hall, plenty of top retailers, and arcades of independent shops selling more unusual goods. Farmers' and continental markets and free family entertainment take place at various times thoughout the year, making the city centre an enjoyable place to visit.