Hopping on a train from Manchester to the Welsh town of Newport allows you to arrive refreshed and relaxed after your journey.
The perfect way to save money for your weekend away or for a day trip adventure, we have numerous special offers including Off-peak tickets for a quieter journey, or Advanced deals for the organised traveller.
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Newport and its busy docks have featured strongly in the history of Wales through the centuries. First settled by the Celts, the fertile ground made perfect grazing for livestock and grew crops and cereal grains, while the nearby River Usk brought nutritious fish, and in later centuries made the transportation of goods quick and easy. However, the Celts were quickly followed by the Romans in circa AD 75. Their fort was positioned to defend the river crossing, and in the late 5th-century, the church that was to become Newport Cathedral 4 centuries later, was built. The original fort was superseded by the first castle in the early 1100s. The present ruins were probably constructed by Hugh de Audley, 1st Earl of Gloucester in the 13th-century. Granted city status in 2002, nowadays Newport is known for its thriving university campus, as well as its rich culture and cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Newport is surrounded by some of Wales’ most beautiful countryside and one way to explore the region is by bike, which can be easily brought with you on the train. Maintained by the National Cycle Network, the peaceful hedge-lined lanes, valleys and rolling hills make the best remedy for the everyday stresses. Take a circular route around Newport’s outskirts, crossing the river by one of the many bridges, and you can easily see the ruins of the city walls on the river bank.
Head to the village of Christchurch to enjoy the best panoramic views of the Vale of Usk, and out over the Bristol Channel. Providing an equally impressive view, but with more than a hint of ancient mystery, Twmbarlwm - known locally as the Tump, is an ancient Iron Age hillfort. Visible on the skyline for miles and offering inspiration to local artists, it is often surrounded by mist, even when other nearby locations appear crystal clear. Folklore tells tales of faery folk dancing until dawn, hidden by the thick mists, before retiring to sleep away the day until nightfall returns. The famous Welsh author Arthur Machen fondly referred to the Tump as ‘that mystic tumulus’.
Newport’s Tredegar House, managed by the National Trust, has appeared in several TV productions, including Dr Who, supernatural drama Being Human, and the hugely popular Antiques Roadshow. Home to an impressive collection of antiques and artefacts, it's one of the most important Restoration period properties in the UK. Originally built in the 15th-century, and undergoing major improvements and reconstruction in the 1800s, the interior is remarkable and features highly detailed carvings, ornate friezes and Rococo plasterwork.
The ideal destination for to recharge your batteries, Newport has lots to offer the daytripper, and plenty to keep you busy on a longer break. Book your tickets with just one finger using our easy-to-use app and keep up-to-date on our latest special offers