What's On In Newport?
Wales is known for many things - picturesque scenery, rain, wildlife, rain, castles, rain and
much more. Whilst it doesn't actually rain all the time, Wales is statistically one of the wettest
countries in the world, so if you're spending any time outdoors it may be expedient to prepare
accordingly, with some waterproof clothing and wellies! But don't let the weather put you off -
even when it's a bit damp, Newport has plenty to see and do.
Located on the south coast of Wales along the M4 from Bristol and just a few miles east of
Cardiff, Newport is an historic settlement with plenty of heritage. This is reflected throughout
the city in its buildings and architecture, and there's plenty on offer in which to immerse yourself.
The city experienced rapid growth in the industrial revolution, and until the rise of Cardiff
was one of the busiest coal exporters in south Wales. Today its industry is dominated by public
services, including the base for the Passport Office, the Office of National Statistics and the
UK Intellectual Property Office. Another significant employer is Cassidian, a division of aerospace
Newport is home to a number of sports teams, the most famous of which are the football and rugby
teams. Indeed, the rugby union team is one of the only club sides in history to have beaten all of
the major Southern Hemisphere touring sides, and the only side to have beaten the invincible All
Blacks team of 1962-63. Cycling and golf are also popular in the city.
Newport is famed for its historic bridges, such as the Newport Transporter Bridge - one of the
last remaining examples of its kind. As well as being in touch with its heritage, Newport is also
undergoing a process of regeneration with new cafes, restaurants and shops rapidly transforming
it into a modern cosmopolitan town that's perfect for a short break or a longer stay.