Things to see and do in Newport this winter

The vibrant city of Newport offers a diverse range of places to visit from a day out at Tredegar House, wildlife spotting at the wetlands reserve, to a relaxing walk along the 18th century canal.

Whether you are staying with us or looking to book your stay in the coming months, there are plenty of places for you to enjoy. Here at Tŷ SA we have put together our 10 favourite things to see and do in and around Newport this winter time.

There is even a handy map at the end of this post so you can find all the places to visit!

Newport Transporter Bridge

Built in 1906, Newport’s Grade 1 listed Transporter Bridge is one of only six working transporter bridges worldwide and one of just two still in operation in Britain. The bridge is open for vehicle and passenger crossings Wednesday to Sunday, and for those brave enough to make the climb to the top, spectacular views of the city can be seen from the high walkway 165 feet over the River Usk.

Newport Transporter Bridge at sunset • © James Assinder

Caerleon Roman Fortress and Baths

The Caerleon Roman Fortress was built in AD 75 as one of only three permanent Roman Legionary fortresses in Britain. Visit the museum with its covered walkway over the remains of the Roman baths, then take a stroll to see the remains of the Roman barracks and fortress walls, as well as the most complete Roman amphitheatre in Britain.

Tredegar House

Tredegar House is one of the architectural wonders of Wales and one of the most significant late 17th century mansions in Britain. Situated at the western edge of the city, this beautiful 90 acre country park is the perfect place to spend the day exploring with its gardens, parkland, lake and café.

Newport Cathedral

Newport Cathedral, also known as St Woolos Cathedral to the locals, has been a site of worship since the early 6th century. The church gained full cathedral status in 1949, however Newport did not become a city until 2002 when Queen Elizabeth II made a historic visit to the city to mark her Golden Jubilee.

Newport Wetlands Nature Reserve

Newport Wetlands offers a haven for wildlife on the edge of the city, with the reserve covering over 438 hectares from Uskmouth to Goldcliff. The reserve is an excellent place to enjoy nature and wildlife whilst walking its many pathways, with spectacular views of the Severn Estuary all year round. The RSPB visitor centre provides a place for a well earned rest after a walk with a café and shop.

Pathways leading to the East Usk Lighthouse at the nature reserve • © James Assinder

Beechwood Park

Beechwood Park is a 30 acre public park situated in the eastern area of the city. The park features children’s play areas, a bowling green, a pavilion and tennis courts. Enjoy a relaxing stroll round the park, then stop by the café for a delicious coffee and a slice of cake.

Fourteen Locks Canal

Located in the picturesque area of Rogerstone, Fourteen Locks is just a short drive from the city centre. The series of locks that lead from either side of the visitor centre provide the perfect place to escape for a leisurely walk along the Monmouthshire & Brecon canal towpath all-year round.

Wentwood Forest

Wentwood Forest has over 1,000 hectares of ancient woodland, straddling the boundary between Newport and Monmouthshire. There are many tracks and pathways throughout the wood making it an excellent walking destination with breathtaking views over the Severn Estuary and plenty of wildlife to spot.

Belle Vue Park

Belle Vue Park situated in the west of the city, opened in 1894 and has many features typical of a Victorian public park, including conservatories, pavilion, bandstand and rockeries. In the heart of the park, the tea rooms offer a tranquil place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city inside the beautiful Victorian conservatory.

The Victorian pavilion and tea rooms at Belle Vue Park • © James Assinder

Newport Castle

Built in the 14th century, Newport Castle was once a significant fortress on the banks of the River Usk controlling the river crossing and trade upstream. Today, only the east side of the castle remains with the central tower and water dock, flanked by two further towers marking the north and south ends. Though it’s is no longer accessible, you can still get a sense of its scale by viewing it from the Town Bridge across the river.

The River Usk with views of the Riverfront Theatre, Town Bridge and Newport Castle in the distance • © James Assinder

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions, not all indoor areas are currently open to the public, but many of Newport’s iconic attractions and landmarks can still be enjoyed safely. Click on the link to the attraction for the latest updates before planning your visit.

Don’t forget to book direct with us for the best rates on your stay and join our accommodation club, Clwb Tŷ, for exclusive offers and discounts.

Diolch / Thank you,
Team Tŷ