Newport Area Guide

Newport (Welsh: Casnewydd) is a cathedral and university city and a unitary authority area in south east Wales. It is located on the River Usk close to its confluence with the Severn estuary, approximately 12 miles (19 km) northeast of Cardiff and easily accessible to the Bristol city region and London via the M4 motorway.

At the 2011 census it was the third largest city in Wales, with a city population of 145,736, and an urban population of 306,844. The city forms part of the Cardiff-Newport metropolitan area, with a total population of 1,097,000. It is governed by Newport City Council and was granted city status in 2002.

The History of Newport

Newport grew significantly in the 19th century, when its port became the focus of coal exports from the eastern valleys of South Wales. Until the rise of Cardiff from the 1850s, Newport was Wales' largest coal-exporting port. While it has retained a strong industrial and engineering base, more recently it has developed strengths in technology as well as being a strong public sector base.

Newport hosted the Ryder Cup in 2010 and the city was the venue of the 2014 NATO summit.

Living in Newport Today

The city has undergone huge redevelopment in recent years while still maintaining its traditional and cultural values.

Newport has a rich sporting heritage, including the Newport Gwent Dragons rugby team who play their home matches at Rodney parade. Football is provided by Newport AFC who currently play in Football League 2. There is also the Newport International Sports Village at Liswerry which includes the Wales National Velodrome for cycling. If all of that doesn’t take your fancy, you can always play a round or two at one of the magnificent golf courses at the world-famous Celtic Manor, which hosted the Ryder Cup.

The Celtic Manor Resort has also built a brand-new conference centre increasing its capacity to hold large world events. Not only is it host to many large international conferences with big organisations, but also performances in its state of the art 1500 seat auditorium from well-known theatrical producers.

For shopping, Newport boasts both modern mall-shopping in Friars Walk and well as more traditional high street shopping. Leading the way is the flagship Debenhams store, which is joined by the likes of M&S Food, H&M and Next. There are plenty of independent retailers also, which makes for a good mix of shopping in Newport. For

eating out, there is also Usk Plaza, which houses many familiar chain restaurants such as TGI Fridays, Nandos and Chiquito.

If theatre or cinema are more your thing, there are two main theatres in Newport: The Riverfront Theatre and Arts Centre, located right in the heart of the city centre, which has a 500+ seat main auditorium and a smaller studio theatre. It also houses a cinema and various studios for dance and arts activities. Down the road a little is The Dolman Theatre, the second biggest amateur theatre in the UK. The Dolman has a rich history of performances and puts on several shows a year.

For movie buffs, there are two multi-plex cinemas showing a range of new releases for all ages.

House Values in Newport

The average house price in Newport is currently £177,590 meaning a rise in prices of 31.9% in the past five years. The majority of houses in Newport fall in to the £100-250,000 price bracket, with £250-500,000 being the second largest price bracket. The average price per square foot is £186psf.

.Source: Dataloft 2020


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