An introduction to Newport
Newport is a vibrant city in South Wales. Standing on the banks of the River Usk, it is located about 12 miles east of Cardiff.
Activities of interest in Newport:
Newport offers a wealth of activities and attractions. With sites including a Cathedral, a castle and a museum as well as the Fourteen Locks on the canal experience.
Tredegar House, a wonderful example of Charles II country mansion has a fascinating history and the Amphitheatre at Caerlon is the only visible example of a Roman barracks in the UK. The Newport Medieval Ship was discovered in the banks of the River Usk in June 2002 during construction of the Riverfront Theatre. The ship was excavated by a team of archaeologists and lifted from the ground timber by timber. Newport Wetlands Reserve, a flagship attraction in the UK which is owned and run by the Countryside Council for Wales, has something different to offer with the seasons and the changing life cycles of the birds, animals and plants - spot the very rare species too.
The Newport International Sports Village, including the Wales National Velodrome, has been the training ground of Olympians and possible future sportsmen and women of 2012 will be practising here too - so come and join in with the swimming, tennis and cycling, just a few of the many sports available.
Getting to Newport
The city is excellently served with transport links, the M4 motorway comes within a mile of the city centre, and Newport has six junctions. The Great Western main railway line also passes through the heart of the city, stopping at High Street Station.
By Coach: Newport is served by regular National Express coaches from London, West Wales, the North, Midlands and South West England. There is also a direct service from Heathrow, Gatwick and Bristol Airports. See the National Express Coaches website www.nationalexpress.com or tel: 08705 808 080.
By Rail: There are excellent Intercity services to Newport from all major cities. London is one hour and forty minutes away and Birmingham two hours by high speed trains which operate hourly. For rail services throughout Wales - Arriva Trains Wales. Customer Relations: tel 0845 60 61 60. For all rail services throughout the UK - National Rail Enquiries. Tel. 08457 48 49 50 (24 Hours). www.nationalrail.co.uk