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Newport (Welsh: Casnewydd) is the third largest city in Wales (after Cardiff and Swansea). Standing on the banks of the River Usk, it is the cultural capital of the traditional county of Monmouthshire, although an administrative county in its own right.

The full Welsh name for the city is Casnewydd-ar-Wysg (pronounced Cas-NEW-ith) ('e' as in 'men'; 'th' as in 'then'), which literally means 'New Castle-on-Usk'. This refers to the twelfth-century castle ruins near the city centre, which are 'new' compared to the Roman fortress at nearby Caerleon. Newport is also sometimes labelled Newport-on-Usk on old maps.

The city's importance as a trading port in the middle ages was re-emphasized when a 15th century ship, referred to locally as the Newport ship was recently uncovered from the bank of the Usk within Newport during the construction of a new arts centre.

The city is excellently served in communication terms - the M4 motorway comes within a mile of the city centre, and Newport has six junctions. The Great Western main railway line also passes right through the heart of the city, stopping at High Street station. Newport is also a major railway junction between the Great Western line and a line direct to the Midlands and north of England.

The facts of the matter are somewhat obscured by time; However it is widely regarded that Newport was founded by St. Gwynllyw (roughly "G-win-th-loo") who gives his name (albeit twisted out of recognition) to Newport's St. Woolos Cathedral.

Newport is known for its many works of civic art, including the steel Wave on the banks of the Usk, and the mechanical clock in the city centre. It also has one of the few remaining working transporter bridges (the other British example being in Middlesbrough).

Set in a beautiful 90 acre (360,000 m) park, Tredegar House is one of the best examples of a 17th century Charles II mansion in Britain. The earliest surviving part of the building dates back to the early 1500s. For over five hundred years, it was home to one of the greatest of Welsh families, the Morgans - later Lords Tredegar - until they left in 1951. The house was then used as a girl's school until it was bought by the council in 1974, giving rise to its present status as the grandest council house in Britain!

The city is known for its nightlife, containing many pubs, bars and nightclubs in a relatively small area. The most famous of these is probably T.J.'s, an alternative music club where it is rumoured that Kurt Cobain proposed to Courtney Love.

Newport is also a home to the University of Wales, Newport which has two campuses in the city - one in Caerleon and the other in Allt-yr-yn. The university can trace its roots back to the founding of the Newport Mechanics Institute in 1841. The Newport School of Art was one of the first Schools to be awarded degree status in 1963 and enjoyed a high reputation in Painting and Sculpture throughout the 1960s and 1970s.

There are plans to centralise the university in a new 60m city centre campus as part of the riverside regeneration plans by the urban regeneration company Newport Unlimited.

Newport hosted the National Eisteddfod in 1897, 1988 and 2004.

Satirical rap group Goldie Lookin' Chain are based in Newport. Grant Nicholas, lead singer of Feeder grew up nearby and went to St Julians Comprehensive in the city.

 Trains:
 Newport is on the Ebbw Valley Line
 Newport is on the Gloucester to Newport Line
 Newport is on the South Wales Main Line
 Newport is on the Welsh Marches Line

 Farmers Markets:
 Newport Farmers Market
       Bridge Street
       Newport
       NP20
       10am-2pm 2nd and 4th Friday each month
       01633 263 117

 Museum: Newport Museum

 Theatre: Dolman Theatre
 Theatre: Riverfront Arts Centre

 Cinemas:
 Cineworld
       Seven Styles Avenue
       Newport
       Gwent
       NP19 4QQ
       http://www.cineworld.co.uk/reservation/ChoixResa.jgi?CINEMA=58

 City Cinema
       Bridge Street
       Newport
       Gwent
       01633 253289
       NP20 4AP
       http://www.reelcinemas.co.uk/index.php?localpage=sites&sitecode=nji

 Football: Newport County FC
 Football: Newport YMCA FC

 Rugby: Bettws (Newport) RFC
 Rugby: Newport Gwent Dragons
 Rugby: Newport HSOB RFC
 Rugby: Newport RFC
 Rugby: Newport Saracens RFC

 Vets:
 Wyn R Griffiths
       42 Chepstow Rd
       Newport
       Gwent
       NP19 8WS
       01633 259861

 Bridge Veterinary Centre
       103 Glasllwch Crescent
       Highcross
       Newport
       Gwent
       NP10 9SG
       01633 892221

 Jones The Vet
       161 Larch Grove
       Newport
       Gwent
       NP20 6LA
       01633 858599

 Budget Vets
       21 Malpas Rd
       Newport
       Gwent
       NP20 5PB
       01633 855825

 Fields Vets
       214 Stow Hill
       Newport
       Gwent
       NP20 4RB
       01633 264850

 Summerhill Avenue Veterinary Clinic
       45 Summerhill Avenue
       Newport
       Gwent
       NP19 8FQ
       01633 255394

 Tourist Information Centre

 Telephone:

01633 842962

 Fax:

01633 222615

 Email:

[email protected]

 Address:

Museum & Art Gallery
John Frost Square
Newport
NP20 1PA

 Hours:

Winter Monday - Saturday  9:30-17:00 
Summer
Monday - Saturday  9:30-17:00

 Pubs/Bars:
 NP20
       42-43 High Street
       Newport
       Gwent
       NP20 4AB

 The Carpenters Arms
       146 Chepstow Road
       Newport
       Gwent
       NP19 8EG
       01633 258345

 The Cross Hands
       446 Chepstow Rd
       Newport
       Gwent
       NP19 8JF
       01633 271474

 Cross Keys
       9 Market Street
       Newport
       Gwent
       NP20 1FU

 Engineers Arms
       Albert Terrace
       Newport
       Gwent
       NP20 4BS

 Front Page
       14-15 High Street
       Newport
       Gwent
       NP18 1AG

 The George Inn
       157 Chepstow Road
       Newport
       Gwent
       NP19 8GE
       01633 671551

 The Gidfrey Morgan
       156 Chepstow Road
       Newport
       Gwent
       NP19 8EG

 Godfrey Morgan
       158 Chepstow Road
       Newport
       Gwent
       NP9 8EG
       01633 221928

 The Hereford Arms
       37 Hereford Street
       Newport
       Gwent
       NP19 8DT
       07803210378

 Golf:
 Llanwern Golf Club
       Tennyson Avenue
       Llanwern
       Newport
       NP18 2DY
       01633 412029

 Newport Golf Club
       Great Oak
       Rogerstone
       Newport
       NP10 9FX
       01633 892643

 Parc Golf Club
       Church Lane
       Coedkernew
       Newport
       NP10 8TU
       01633 680933

 Taxis:
 ABC Taxis Ltd
       560 Corporation Rd
       Newport
       Gwent
       NP19 0GP
       01633 271971

 Apple Taxis
       Lysaght Institute
       Corporation Rd
       Newport
       Gwent
       NP19 0RA
       01633 272222

 Blackcab Taxi Service
       Unit 18a
       Star Trading Estate
       Newport
       Gwent
       NP18 1PQ
       01633 430429

 Capitol Taxis
       187 Upper Dock St
       Newport
       Gwent
       NP20 1DB
       01633 212121

 Caxton Taxis
       16 Baneswell Rd
       Newport
       Gwent
       NP20 4BP
       01633 266675

 Chow Taxis
       38 Commercial Rd
       Newport
       Gwent
       NP20 2PE
       01633 256065

 Dragon Taxis
       Station Approach
       Newport
       Gwent
       NP20 4AA
       01633 216216

 The Hornblower
       126 Commerical Street
       Newport
       Gwent
       NP20 1LY
       01633 668001

 J D Wetherspoon
       Units 10-12 Cambrian Road
       Newport
       Gwent
       NP20 4AD

 John Wallis Linton
       10-12 Cambrian Centre
       Newport
       Gwent
       NP9 4AD
       01633 251752

 The Man of Gwent
       Chepstow Road
       Newport
       Gwent
       NP19 9EZ
       01633 281263

 Man of Steel
       Pontfaen Road
       Newport
       Gwent
       NP19 4NW
       01633 273033

 Oddfellows
       38 St Mary Street
       Newport
       Gwent
       NP20 4DF

 The Oddfellows Arms
       137 Duckpool Road
       Newport
       Gwent
       NP19 8FL

 The Open Hearth
       Hendre Farm Drive
       Newport
       Gwent
       NP19 9LH
       01633 280430

 Ye Olde Murenger House
       53 High Street
       Newport
       Gwent
       NP20 1GA
       01633 263977

 Celtic Manor Golf Club
       Catsash Road
       Coldra Woods
       Newport
       NP18 1HQ
       01633 410266

 Caerleon Golf Course
       The Broadway
       Caerleon
       Newport
       NP18 1DY
       01633 420342

 Tredegar Park Golf Club
       Parc-y-Brain Road
       Rogerstone
       Newport
       NP10 9TG
       01633 894433

 Eastgate Taxis
       Gate House
       Corporation Rd
       Newport
       Gwent
       NP19 0AY
       01633 280600

 Galaxy Cars
       1a Albany Trading Estate
       Albany St
       Newport
       Gwent
       NP20 5NR
       01633 822888

 Globe Taxis
       83 Commercial Rd
       Newport
       Gwent
       NP20 2PG
       01633 253753

 New Town Taxis
       5 Caxton Place
       Newport
       Gwent
       NP20 4BN
       01633 253253

 Reliance Taxis
       252 Corporation Rd
       Newport
       Gwent
       NP19 0DZ
       01633 661615

 Servu Taxis Ltd
       13 Pentonville Rd
       Newport
       Gwent
       NP20 5HB
       01633 256666

 Star Taxis
       2 Church Rd
       Newport
       Gwent
       NP19 7EH
       01633 262030

 

 

The images below are by kind permission of Simon Fern.
 To view a larger image, just click on the image

Newport - Old College

Newport - High view

Newport - High view

Newport - Towards George Street bridge

The River Usk at Newport. The River has the second largest tidal range in the world

Newport - George Steet Bridge 1964 - City Bridge (SDR) 2004

Newport tax office

Newport - Tranporter Bridge

Newport castle

Newport - Art College

Newport - Queensway with Newport railway station to the left

Newport Transporter Bridge

Newport - Black Clawson

Newport - Tredegar park

Newport - Towers From Christchurch Road

Newport - Queens upper School (former) From Christchurch Road


 

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