21 Jan Visit Newport: Top 5 Tourist Attractions in Newport
Newport has been known as a multi-cultural, active and lively city encircled by marvelous prospects with a history dating back to approximately 2000 years ago. Standing at the gateway of England and Wales, Newport boasts many beautiful landscapes. In this blog post, you’ll find the top 5 tourist attractions in Newport, Wales.
Newport Attractions: St Woolos Cathedral
Also known as St Woolos Cathedral, Newport Cathedral was founded in the 5th century and is located in southeast Wales. Dating back to pre-Norman times, this medieval parish church is the seat of the Bishop of Monmouth in the Diocese of Monmouth. According to ancient legends, the soldier-prince Gwynllyw accepted Christianity when in a dream he was told to look for a white ox with a black spot on its forehead. He was also ordered to build a church when he found the ox as a display of penitence.
In addition to the myths, there is a rich architectural history behind this prodigious locale. The original building was lost since it was almost certainly made of mud and wattlet. The wooden place was rebuilt in stone in the 9th century and later the tower was added. Built in 1140-1160, the modern church which includes the arched entrance and the nave was reconstructed during the Norman period.
Newport Attractions: Fourteen Locks
As one of the main engineering wonders of the Industrial Revolution, rising 160 feet in just half a mile, Fourteen Locks Canal Centre is situated at the top of a flight of 14 locks.
Nestled in Newport in South Wales, this family-friendly place is full of family events and activity trails in addition to the history it holds in its heart. For business travellers visiting Newport, there is a Cefn meeting-tea room available for the purpose group meetings to discuss and enjoy homemade food. However, Fourteen Locks is also a perfect choice for those who want an opportunity for practical learning. Natalie Waller and the education officer hold some classes here. The classes are about environmental education offered in 2-hour sessions. Moreover, there are some workshops with the goal to encourage active learning and thinking skills.
The opening hours of Fourteen Locks is Mon- Sun 10:00am – 4:00 pm
Baby changing facilities, gift shops, a tea room, available parking lots (including disabled parking), toilets, art gallery boards, etc.
Newport Attractions: The Wetlands
Want to enjoy a peaceful moment in a beautiful habitat while you are visiting Newport? Newport Wetlands is the best place for you! World-renowned for its extraordinary range of wetland birds, this place is a National Reserve established in 2000 to alleviate the destruction of wildlife.
Newport Wetlands is open every day; entrance is free and there is a café which is open from 10am to 4 pm. There is also a car park which is open daily from 9am to 5pm (charges included). The paths are wheelchair accessible and benches are placed in the path in every 100 meters.
In addition, there are some events held in this reserve throughout the year, you may want to visit their website for more information or contact the visitor centre on (01633) 636363.
Directions to Newport Wetlands
The reserve car park is on West Nash Road, between Nash Village and Uskmouth Power Station.
From the M4 Junction 24 or 28, take the A48 (Southern Distributor Road) to the southern industrial area, then follow the ‘Brown Duck’ signs from near Newport Retail Park to the Reserve.
Buses leave from the main bus station on Kingsway in Newport city centre, (service No. 63 from stand 29), see Newport Transport for the timetable.
Newport Attractions: The Medieval Ship Project
The Newport Ship is a sailing vessel originally around 116 feet long. It is worth a visit for any taste, especially those who are into the history of such beauty. Some knowledgeable volunteers will give you the history of the ship and the project. There is also a gift shop around if you are interested in picking a souvenir or two.
This place is kid-friendly as it has some kids-activities for keeping children occupied while grownups take in the history. Moreover, there is an easy access for the disabled.
The opening hours are on Mondays, Fridays and on Saturdays.
Newport Attractions: Tredegar House
As one of the architectural wonders of Wales, this mansion was built in 17th century. It was the home to the Morgan family for more than five hundred years. Many famous directors have used this splendid brick house as a location for films and television series such as Being Human, Da Vinci’s Demons and Doctor Who. Moreover, it plays host to some events, daily talks and activities. It is a great tour for visitors, too. You can enjoy the pleasant café, the bookshop and the gardens. The volunteers are ready to give you information about nearly everything. There is also free access to the park grounds.
The opening hours: 10:30am – 5:00pm every day
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