Newport Life and Visitor Travel Tips

(Newport, Gwent, South Wales, UK)

Newport is a fairly historic city, known for its grand cathedral and listed castle. With exceptional shopping facilities, many top restaurants and a lively indoor Victorian market, tourism is becoming an increasingly important part of city life.

Central Newport is an especially pleasant place to walk around and in particular, Westgate Street is well pedestrianised. When you first arrive in the city, a visit to the Newport Tourist Information Centre is a good place to start and is an excellent way to plan your stay, providing a range of visitors' advice.

Tourism and Tourist Information

Newport features two main tourist information centres, one on John Frost Square in the heart of the city, sharing the same building as the city's museum, and a further outlet in the suburban village of Caerleon, on the north-eastern outskirts of the city. Both are manned by a team of helpful staff and offer various services, including accommodation booking, travel guides, maps and route planning, and booklets about walking trails in the area, including the popular 'Caerleon Heritage Trail'. The Newport tourist bureaus will also be happy to book tickets for various theatres, events, concerts and other performances.

Newport (Gwent) Tourist Information Centre (TIC)
Address: Museum and Art Gallery, John Frost Square, Newport, Gwent, NP20 1PA, South Wales, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1633 842 962
Fax: +44 (0)1633 222 615

Caerleon Tourist Information Centre (TIC)
Address: 5 High Street, Caerleon, Gwent, NP18 1AE, South Wales, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1633 422 656
Fax: +44 (0)1633 422 656

Newport Conference Bureau
Address: Civic Centre, Newport, Gwent, NP20 4UR, South Wales, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1633 233 327
Fax: +44 (0)1633 232 334

Other useful contact details for tourist offices close to Newport are as follows:

Barry Island Tourist Information Centre (TIC)
Address: The Promenade, The Triangle, Barry Island, Glamorgan, CF62 5TQ, South Wales, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1446 747 171
Fax: +44 (0)1446 747 171

Caerphilly Tourist Information Centre (TIC)
Address: Lower Twyn Square, Caerphilly, Glamorgan, CF83 1JL, South Wales, UK
Tel: +44 (0)29 2088 0011
Fax: +44 (0)29 2086 0811

Cardiff Visitor Centre
Address: The Old Library, The Hayes, Cardiff, Glamorgan, CF10 1NE, South Wales, UK
Tel: +44 (0)8701 211 258
Fax: +44 (0)29 2023 9162

Cardiff Bay Visitor Centre
Address: Harbour Drive, Cardiff, Glamorgan, CF10 4PA, South Wales, UK
Tel: +44 (0)29 2046 3833
Fax: +44 (0)29 2046 3833

Merthyr Tydfil Tourist Information Centre (TIC)
Address: 14A Glebeland Street, Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorgan, CF47 8AU, South Wales, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1685 379 884
Fax: +44 (0)1685 350 043

Pontypridd Tourist Information Centre (TIC)
Address: Pontypridd Museum, Bridge Street, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Pontypridd, Glamorgan, CF37 4PE, South Wales, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1443 490 748
Fax: +44 (0)1443 490 746

Swansea Tourist Information Centre (TIC)
Address: Plymouth Street, Swansea, Glamorgan, SA1 3QG, South Wales, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1792 468 321
Fax: +44 (0)1792 464 602

Language in Newport

The Welsh accent is instantly recognisable and even when strong, is easy to understand. Slightly less than ten percent of Newport's overall population speak Welsh, with English being the main language. Most locals who speak Welsh are completely fluent in English, which is often now their main language. Expect many signposts to be written in both Welsh and English