Newport is the third largest city in the principality of Wales, lying just 10 miles west of the border with England. As the biggest city in Gwent, Newport acts as a major regional hub for shopping, culture, sport, education and industry. Newport is a city which is undergoing constant change, with the city centre and riverside area both being renovated extensively. Historically, Newport was a major industrial city, with monuments to its past such as the Transporter Bridge still standing today. It’s also close to some amazing countryside, with the Rhondda Valley just a stone’s throw away. The city also happens to be a great place to visit for golfers, with many great locally and globally-renowned courses within easy reach.
An ordinary hatchback or small family car would be ideal for driving in Newport, whether through the suburbs or in the often-busy city centre.
Driving in Newport
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Important things to note
The M4 motorway is the main route coming into Newport from other parts of South Wales to the west and England to the east.
Extensive roadworks are taking place across the banks of the River Usk, while the main shopping area is also due to be renovated.
Commercial Street is partially pedestrianized, although access to the shops is possible via nearby Stow Hill to the west.
Highlights & Hotspots
The Riverfront Arts Centre is a newly-built venue in the city centre. Aside from having an art gallery, there’s also a theatre space for live music, comedy and drama, while there’s plenty of workshop space for people to learn dance, art and ceramics.
Newport Museum and Art Gallery is a more traditional cultural venue, documenting the city’s long and rich history as an industrial town. It has a range of exhibitions with many contributions from local people.
The Celtic Manor Resort is not only home to one of the city’s most luxurious hotels. It has a stunning 18-hole golf course which, among other things, was famous for being the venue for the 2010 Ryder Cup. It presently hosts a major event on golf’s European Tour.
Staying with sport, Rodney Parade stadium is home to two local teams. Football club Newport County play in the fourth tier of English football, while Newport Gwent Dragons are in the Celtic League. They also play in major European rugby union competitions.
Cardiff Airport is the nearest one to Newport, being around 30 miles southwest of the city centre. At the moment, it is the largest and busiest airport in Wales and serves destinations throughout Europe, not to mention a handful of places in North Africa.
The airport can be reached via the M4, which goes southwest towards Cardiff. At Junction 33, turn south onto the A4232, going down to the A4050. Keep on until turning west onto the A4226, which leads to Cardiff Airport,