Newport Neighbourhoods, Locations and Districts
(Newport, Gwent, South Wales, UK)
Newport is a fairly spreading city, with many prominent suburban districts and a dynamic city centre. In total, Newport is split into many different districts, which include a number of rather sought-after neighbourhoods and electoral wards, such as the Alway district, where you will find both the Ladyhill Reservoir and the edge of Beechwood Park.
Much of the action in Newport is based around its city centre, where you will find the bus station, the railway station and also the John Frost Square, which marks the very heart of the city and its extensive shopping district. Located on the eastern banks of the River Usk, Newport city centre is rarely quiet and takes on a completely different character at night, when the restaurants, bars and clubs soon begin to fill up, particularly on Friday and Saturday nights. Here are Newport's main districts, neighbourhoods and other prominent locations.
Newport city centre is situated alongside the western banks of the scenic River Usk and encompasses the main shopping areas, including Commercial Street, which is packed with shops and department stores. Also within the city centre is the Kingsway Shopping Centre and the stunning modern development of the Friars Walk mall. On the northern edge of Newport city is Westgate Square, while other notable roads include Bridge Street and High Street.
Located on the north-western side of Newport, the Allt-yr-yn district is perhaps best known for being home to the spreading University of Wales. With around 10,000 students in total, the University of Wales was founded in 1975 and is split into four main academic schools. The university is divided between two separate campuses, with the other campus being located in the suburb of Caerleon, linked by free buses.
A charming suburban village sited on the northern side of Newport, Caerleon contains the second campus of the University of Wales. Also of interest here are the remains of an ancient Roman legionary fortress, and the prestigious Celtic Manor Resort, which boasts three superb golf courses and will be the official host of the Ryder Cup in 2010.
The Pillgwenlly district of Newport contains a number of significant landmarks and can be found on the southern side of the city. This neighbourhood is often known locally as simply 'Pill' and is home to the historic Transporter Bridge, which dates back to the beginning of the 20th century. Pillgwenlly also contains the modern City bridge, which was built in 2004 and features a modern arching design, and the older George Street Bridge, built in 1964 and famous for being the UK's first ever cable-stayed bridge.
Rogerstone is a notable parish and stands to the north of the city centre, bordering the county of Caerphilly. In the 12th century, the Rogerstone districts contained an impressive Norman castle, although sadly there are no visible remains of this historic structure. Particularly appealing in this part of Newport is the stretch of the Monmouthshire Canal, which is the perfect place for an afternoon stroll and first opened at the end of the 18th century.
Stow Hill District
Lying on the western side of Newport city centre, the Stow Hill district is sited next to both Cardiff Road and George Street. Containing many of the city's best nightspots and bars, Stow Hill also boasts the remains of Newport Castle and the eye-catching St. Woolos Cathedral. Much of Stow Hill is fairly densely populated, with numerous Victorian-style terraced houses lining many of the streets.