Newport Landmarks and Monuments
(Newport, Gwent, South Wales, UK)
The numerous historical landmarks around the city of Newport are hard to miss and the centrally located remains of Newport Castle offer an true insight into the city's past. Also nearby and in central Newport, St. Woolos Cathedral is a grand building with an interesting history and a mixture of architecture dating from several different generations.
Close to Newport in the village of Caerleon, why not consider walking the 'Caerleon Heritage Trail'? This takes in many ancient sites and landmarks, starting at the ruined Roman Military Fortress of Isca, which is known to have been built in 75 AD.
The Transporter Bridge
Address: Newport, Gwent, South Wales, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1633 250 322
The award-winning, listed Newport Transporter Bridge is a much loved local landmark, spanning the River Usk and is known for its instantly recognisable Edwardian, iron architecture. Built in 1906, there were recently great festivities in Newport to celebrate the centenary of the Transporter Bridge, including many open-air events and concerts. The bridge itself was a feat of engineering at the time, being designed to carries small groups of cars and light vehicles across the river in a gondola, high above any ships sailing below with tall masts.
Open hours: daily - 24 hours
Admission: free, nominal charge for vehicles
Address: Commercial Street, Newport, Gwent, South Wales, UK
One of Newport's most famous historic landmarks, the Westgate Hotel still clearly displays its bullet holes. These battle scars are the result of the Chartist uprising and riot, which took place in 1839 and is an important part of the city's past. Today, the Westgate Hotel is home to a nightclub and entertainment complex. Outside you will find a small group of bronze figures, representing a scene from the Chartist uprising itself.
Open hours: daily - viewable from outside
Admission: free, charge for entrance to the club
St. Woolos Cathedral
Address: Stow Hill, Newport, Gwent, NP20 4EA, South Wales, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1633 212 077
One of Newport's most important buildings, gaining it the much deserved status of city, St. Woolos Cathedral serves the area as a parish church. As such, St. Woolos Cathedral features regular church services most days, which are especially popular and well attended on Sundays. Much of the cathedral today dates from the 1960s, where it was extensively restored and rebuilt, although some parts are still original, being built in the 11th century or in some cases, even earlier. This particular spot is known for its historical significance and has been a place of worship since the very beginning of the 6th century.
Open hours: daily
Admission: free, donations welcomed
Address: Clarence Place, Newport, Gwent, NP19 7AA, South Wales, UK
An interesting grade II listed structure, the remains of Newport Castle date back to the 13th century and stand alongside the western banks of the winding River Usk and in the city centre. Much of the castle was rebuilt in the early 15th century, following considerable damage ordered by the Prince of Wales at the time, Owain Glyndwr. Built to guard this stretch of the river, the castle is laid out as a rectangular structure with a courtyard, central tower and two additional octagonal towers.
Open hours: daily - 10:00 to 16:00
Tredegar House and Park
Address: Coedkernew, Newport, NP10 8YW, South Wales, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1633 815 880
Standing within a vast parkland setting, which covers almost 100 acres / 40 hectares, Tredegar House is a particularly beautiful 17th-century mansion. Part of the house actually dates back to the beginning of the 16th century and inside you will discover many period features, furnishings and antiquities. Particularly impressive are the huge state rooms, servants' quarters and family portraits. Outside are landscaped gardens, woodland trails and even a boating lake. The Tredegar House and Park has become a notable venue for functions, conferences and even weddings and many open-air events take place here during the summer, including concerts and exhibitions.
Open hours: Saturday and Sunday - 11:00 to 16:00
Admission: charge, discounts for seniors and children
Caerleon Amphitheatre Barracks and Baths
Address: High Street, Caerleon, Gwent, NP18 1AE, South Wales, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1633 422 518
The Caerleon Amphitheatre Barracks and Baths lies on the north-eastern side of Newport, in the suburban village of Caerleon. This site is home to the ancient ruins of the Roman fortress of Isca, believed to date back almost 2,000 years. Highlights here include the fascinating remains of Roman baths, legionary barracks, walls and even an amphitheatre. Guide books, videos and self-guided audio-tour tapes are available on-site, helping you understand what was actually standing here many years ago.
Open hours: April to October, daily - 09:30 to 17:00; November to March, Monday to Saturday - 09:30 to 17:00, Sunday - 11:00 to 16:00
Admission: charge, discounts for seniors, children and families