Catching the train for the two hour journey from London’s Euston Station to Newport in South Wales is the easy way to travel. Relax and enjoy the free on-board Wifi which allows you to catch up with work, or your friends on social media.
One of the largest towns in Wales, Newport, on the River Usk, has a rich, colourful history. Expanded from the Roman settlement of Caerleon, it has been a busy port since the 1300s, and still handles around £1 billion trade annually. There are plenty of attractions for visitors, with lots to keep everyone happy.
This part of Wales is renowned for its cycle network and many tourists plan to explore the local trails. Maintained and mapped by the National Cycle Network, the peaceful lanes, rolling vales and trickling, crystal clear streams, make a fantastic antidote to the bustle of everyday life. Why not bring your bike to Newport as the trains have easily accessible cycle spaces on-board? If you want more of an adrenaline thrill, head for Tredegar Park. With daring BMX trails and skateboarding available for anyone to enjoy, it’s a must-visit for big and little kids. Tredegar House, managed by the National Trust, is home to an impressive art and furniture collection, and the property has appeared in several TV productions, including Dr Who, Being Human, and the Antiques Roadshow
Newport Cathedral, also known as St Woolos Cathedral after the 5th century Welsh saint who founded the cathedral, stands at the heart of the city. In 1050, the building was razed to the ground by pirates, but was rebuilt by the Normans circa 1080. Today not only is it a busy religious site, it’s also a live venue for music, art displays and has a fantastic nature reserve in the form of a ‘living churchyard’.
For a more contemporary feel, the Grade I listed Transporter Bridge offers a jaw dropping panoramic view of the countryside around the city. From 250 ft in the air the circa 120 year old bridge was used to carry goods across the River Usk without disturbing the river traffic. This iconic symbol of Newport’s role in the Industrial Revolution was featured in the region’s millennium celebrations, and is often used for charity abseils, or climbs. Well worth a visit for the views alone, it is a popular tourist attraction.
Newport has much to offer the visitor, so on your relaxing train ride home, why not start planning your next visit. Download our mobile app and you’ll be amongst the first to hear all about our money-saving ticket deals, including our Club50 offers for those reaching middle age and the Off-peak options. With more money in your pocket, what’s stopping you?