Known as both a university and cathedral city, Newport is in southeast Wales, right on River Usk. Although it has a small-town atmosphere, it's one of the biggest cities in Wales and forms the Cardiff-Newport metro area. Having been a port city since its medieval days, Newport has a wealth of history and heritage to share with travelers.
The gardens and interior of the Tredegar House are some of the first things to see in Newport. If you're interested in history dating even further back, head to the Caerleon Roman Fortress and Baths. Then visit the National Roman Legion Museum to learn more about what you saw. The Newport Transporter Bridge stands out as a modern beacon in the middle of age-old architecture. The Caerleon Amphitheatre is a must-see, too, and you have to spend time at the Newport Wetlands to see the area's local fowl.
Downtown is one of the top places to stay in Newport. You'll find hotels and local accommodations galore, including historical spots. Find a room near Uskmouth for natural views of conservation areas. You'll enjoy booking a hotel near any of the parks — Tredegar, Beechwood or Belle Vue Park. Friars Walk is charm itself, while Kingsway offers shopping opportunities galore.
Travelers coming into Newport can fly into London via either Gatwick or Heathrow. It takes 90 minutes to get from London to Newport. There are also international airports in both Bristol and Cardiff, which are each an hour away. All three cities have rail service for a leisurely jaunt into Newport.