With its proud industrial heritage, stunning sights and cutting-edge music scene, it’s easy to see why the vibrant city of Newport is a perennial favourite for a day or night out. At just over an hour from Ebbw Vale by train, you can plan your trip in comfort, with entertainment courtesy of our free onboard WiFi - take a look at our Group tickets for an unforgettable experience with the whole gang!
With its proud industrial heritage, stunning sights and cutting-edge music scene, it’s easy to see why the vibrant city of Newport is a perennial favourite for a day or night out. At just over an hour from Ebbw Vale by train, you can plan your trip in comfort, with entertainment courtesy of our free onboard WiFi - take a look at our Group tickets for an unforgettable experience with the whole gang! Situated at the junction of the River Usk and the Severn Estuary, Newport - Casnewydd in Welsh - has evolved from Roman town, through to medieval port, to its modern status as Wales’s third-largest city. As an important international hub for culture, sports and the arts, it’s hosted such events as the National Eisteddfod, the Ryder Cup and, in 2014, the NATO Summit.
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Since the Celts first settled around its fertile waters and wooded hills, Newport has found itself at the centre of the action throughout history. Its dazzling Grade I-listed Cathedral began life as a church founded in the 5th century by Saint Gwynllyw, Newport’s very own patron saint. The then-town played a prominent role in the Wars for Welsh Independence and then in the English Civil War, before the Newport Rising of 1839 saw it burst onto the political stage in the last armed rebellion of the Industrial Revolution. Granted city status in 2002, nowadays Newport is known for its thriving university campus, as well as for its sports teams and nightlife.
When it comes to gorgeous panoramic views, Newport has more than its fair share to offer. Head to the village of Christchurch for unspoilt vistas of the Vale of Usk and the Bristol Channel, or take in a different angle from Ridgeway at Allt-yr-yn. Brynglas looks over the city - or for incredible 360 degree views of the entire region, the famous Twmbarlwm is the place to go. This former Iron Age hillfort, known locally as ‘the Tump’, is visible on the skyline for miles and has inspired poets and artists throughout history, including Arthur Machen who fondly referred to it as ‘that mystic tumulus’.
Newport is rich in cultural landmarks, with its wealth of galleries and theatres - check out the renowned Riverfront Theatre and Arts Centre for a variety of incredible productions and entertainments year-round. Or explore its museums, including the National Roman Legion Museum and Roman Baths Museum, situated inside the remains of the ancient fortress built by Caesar’s invading armies. As well as civic artworks and sculptures dotted around its streets and plazas, there are also unique engineering attractions open to the public, such as the Newport Transporter Bridge - one of the few remaining bridges of its type in the world. Travel on its suspended cradle as the Edwardians did, to experience the powerful River Usk as never before.
No description of Newport would be complete without mentioning its amazing nightlife, which is renowned for supporting an alternative music scene that’s famous the world over. Did Kurt Cobain really propose to Courtney Love in one of Newport’s legendary nightclubs? We may never know for sure, although the rumour continues. Newport has dozens of small live music venues, such as the popular Le Pub, as well as The Newport Centre which regularly pays host to global headliners. Or, for more traditional tastes, the City of Newport has its very own male voice choir.
Simply bursting with experiences you’ll treasure for a lifetime, Newport has far too much to offer for just one visit! So why not download our free app to get planning your next adventure in this spectacular and iconic city - it’s just a train ride away!
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