Things to do in Newport

Newport is an absolute gem of a city on the beautiful River Usk. Stacked with that legendary Welsh pride and centuries of success as a coal port, an industrial behemoth and oddly connected to stars such as The Clash’s Joe Strummer, actor Anthony Hopkins and even Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain, Newport has a whole lot of culture going on.

Not at all new, Newport grew from the historic Roman fort Caerleon to become a contemporary city with a vibrant art scene and edgy politics. Add to that the golf courses, the rolling Welsh countryside and the nation’s capital, Cardiff, just 12 miles away, the question really is how quickly can you get here?

Add one more day to your stay in one of our serviced apartments because you’re going to need it. 

The big five things to do

Search for top things to do in Newport, and you’ll get the big five: the immersive experiences of Caerleon Roman Fortress and Baths (get the app for added treasures); Caerleon Amphitheatre, which, legend has it, is King Arthur’s Round Table; the peaceful Fourteen Locks; bird spotting, walking and general out-siding at RSPB Newport Wetlands; and, of course, Tredegar House Country Park, a mansion rich in stories of extravagance and affluence – and it does a jolly good afternoon tea, too. 

Shop at Friars Walk 

Friars Walk shopping centre is seriously loaded with things to do. We’re talking household shopping and restaurant names galore as well as a cinema and tenpin bowling. You could easily make a day of it if the retail therapy bug bites. Kingsway, right next door, has all those supermarket and household essentials to enhance your self-catered holiday in Newport.

For more shopping, head out of town to Newport Retail Park or Mendalgief Retail Park for more high-street favourites.

Newport Museum & Art Gallery

As Friars Walk is right in Newport city centre, it’s also a great place to base yourself for a day of city sightseeing. A short potter gets you to Newport Museum and Art Gallery, which tracks the area’s history and impressive development from 250,000 years ago, through its time as a Roman outpost to the Chartist social uprising in defence of democracy. 

There are weapons and wartime paraphernalia and household objects from days gone by to open your eyes to another time, a different world. It gives you something to talk about over dinner, that’s for sure. 

If you like a museum, pop by Newport Ship for a fantastically interesting look at medieval wooden shipbuilding.

Caerleon Fortress

Let Wales do the planning for you and follow one of these themed itineraries. Maybe you want to continue your exploration of Newport’s ancient and modern history at Caerleon legionary fortress before a pub lunch. Or you could up the elegance on the Fascinating Heritage tour that celebrates the glories of industrialisation at the Transporter Bridge and Tredegar House, punctuated by an entirely memorable lunch and, of course, that refined afternoon tea.

The Wild, Wild World itinerary incorporates a leisurely morning bird watching at RSPB Newport Wetlands Reserve, part of the extraordinary Wales Coastal Path, with lunch in the reserve’s glass-walled refectory. It all just sounds too relaxing.

Transporter Bridge

You’d be hard pressed to miss the Transporter Bridge towering above the River Usk. One of just six transporter bridges worldwide, this Edwardian feat of engineering is a beautifully preserved foreshadowing of urban gondolas and was high enough for the tall trade ships to pass under as they headed out into international waters. 

With a vibrant blue turret, it has probably the cutest driver’s cabin ever, which you can snap away at while the platform transports you and up to three cars across the Usk from Wednesday to Sunday. 

Add a bit of adventure to your visit and take the 50m-high walkway, entertainingly part of the Wales Coastal Path, that looks down on the towering gondola. 

Self-guided walk in Monmouthshire

Monmouthshire is heaving with countryside walks, each one well kept and clearly marked with waymark discs. Exhilarating, refreshing, good for the soul, a walk just beyond the city walls takes you down rural footpaths and through beautiful woodland, over stiles and pretty bridges. Put yourself in the mind of a docker, of a Roman soldier, of a refined Victorian on any of these fabulous walks

For a bit of coast and a bit of countryside, the five-mile Redwick Circular Walk is a great choice, starting at the pretty Redwick Church and heading out along the sea wall. Oh go on then, why not stop for a pint at the Rose Inn when you get back to Redwick … it has a log fire after all. 

If you like a walk, maybe give the Newport public art trail a go.

Head over to our Newport Accommodation page to find the right place to stay.

Newport Serviced Apartment FAQs

What is a serviced apartment?

A serviced apartment is similar to a hotel in many ways except that you have more space and freedom to do as you please as well as more privacy. Staying in a serviced apartment is much more akin to living like a local with added little luxuries including toiletries, fresh linen and room cleaning.

Propertri serviced apartments are fully furnished with a full range of amenities that you would expect at home combined with many of the services that you would expect from a hotel.

Our serviced accommodation is perfect for business trips, family holidays or overnight stays. 
Whether you are visiting Wales for a short stay or require comfortable long term accommodation we have a range of apartments to suit your needs from one person studio apartments to large houses that can accommodate 12 guests. 

Why is staying in a serviced apartment in Newport better than a hotel?

Newport serviced apartments are much more like a home from home with much more space to enjoy. After a busy day, you can relax on a comfortable sofa in a spacious living area with flat TV and enjoy streaming TV shows or watch movies on Netflix, catch up with friends on social media or get some work done at a desk using free WiFi access.

Fully fitted kitchen and amenities

With a fully fitted kitchen and dining area, it means that you aren’t tied to the eating out in local restaurants (although we recommend that you do occasionally). Instead, you can enjoy shopping in the local shops and prepare your own food or enjoy a takeaway by ordering via Deliveroo or Uber Eats. All of which means you’ll save money on eating out but since our apartments have dishwashers fitted you also avoid doing the washing up.

Excellent value for money

Serviced apartments tend to be much better value for money than a hotel. We have accommodation to suit every budget, starting at just £30 per person a night. If you are booking accommodation for a large group or an extended stay, speak to our friendly local team about rates. 

Live like a local

Many of our apartments are located in residential neighbourhoods with all of the convenience of being a local including free parking, easy access to local transport and shops.

Outdoor space

Our apartments have outdoor space to enjoy with gardens or back yards or in the case of our city apartments, balconies with stunning views of the river.

Why do most people stay at your serviced accommodation?

People come to Newport for many different reasons, whether it’s to visit a relative who lives close by, parents visiting their kids at University, temporary accommodation while on a business trip or attending sporting event – rugby, football and cycling are all popular. Here are some of the places within easy walking distance or taxi ride from of our apartments.

  • Saint Woolos Hospital – a community & mental health hospital in the Stow Hill area of Newport
  • Newport City Council – the city council is responsible for all areas of local government and services including housing, leisure, education, social services, planning and the highways. It employs over 6000 people and has a budget of £300 million. It is located in the Civic Centre.
  • Crown Court Witness Service – part of the Wales Circuit of Her Majesty’s Courts Service. It can be found at the front of the Civic Centre Complex
  • Belle Vue Park – this Victorian public park was opened in 1894. The pavilion, conservatories, terracing, gates, gate piers, lodges and Rustic Tea house have Grade II listed status. The pavilion and conservatories are licensed for weddings and civil partnerships
  • Cathedral Church of St Woolos – the original site of Newport Cathedral on Stow Hill has been a place of worship since the 6th century. The name “Woolos” is an English corruption of Gwynllyw, the Welsh saint who first built Gwynllyw’s church on the site.
  • Royal Gwent Hospital – the Royal Gwent provides a range of healthcare services to the city of Newport and the surrounding area
  • Newport Magistrates Court – the magistrates court deals with summary offences such as motoring offences, criminal damage & assault as well as some more serious offences
  • Newport HM Passport Office – the only passport office in Wales
  • Geraint Thomas National Velodrome of Wales
  • The University of the South of Wales
  • Newport City FC
  • Dragons Rugby