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Cardiff/Newport what to do?

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Cardiff/Newport what to do?

Hi all!

Me and my partner are going to be staying in Newport for 2 nights in June and we will have Saturday afternoon and Monday morning as well as the whole day Sunday and I was wondering if anyone can suggest that there's something to do in the area?

Thanks for your help! :)

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1. Re: Cardiff/Newport what to do?

Visit the Westgate hotel and see if you can spot the shot from the Chartist rebellion http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westgate_Hotel

Visit the cathedral en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newport_Cathedral

check out the clock bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-218…

Climb the transporter bridge if you are fit newport.gov.uk/heritage/…

visit a roman ampitheatre http://www.caerleon.net/intro/

go to Cardiff for the Dr Who experience http://www.doctorwhoexperience.com/

or the castle http://www.cardiffcastle.com

Edited: 31 May 2014, 11:23
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2. Re: Cardiff/Newport what to do?

If the weather is fine then Cardiff bay is the place to be, plenty of places to choose from for lunch as well as having a drink. Lots of options, boat trips, great walks, music, etc etc !!

http://cardiffbay.co.uk/

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3. Re: Cardiff/Newport what to do?

Caerleon, only a very short car or bus ride. Extensive Roman remains, amphitheatre, museum, nice cafes, riverside location. In Newport Bellevue Park with Pavilion café, Riverfront theatre for evening entertainment.

If you have a car Newport Wetlands RSPB reserve at mouth of river Usk into Bristol Channel (also nice café)

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4. Re: Cardiff/Newport what to do?

All day Sunday in Newport ? ?? ; [

If you have a car you can drive the Usk valley to Usk onto Raglan and,Abergavenny, then Sunday lunch in the Bear Crickhowell, lovely drive through glorious scenery, nice villages.... alternatively get the train to Cardiff, nice city loads to do.

Newport on Sunday ? get out ASAP

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5. Re: Cardiff/Newport what to do?

alfTupperWales that sort of rudeness discourages tourists from visiting any part of Wales. All of the things mentioned, with the possible exception of the Theatre, are available on Sunday. Pubs and restaurants will be open too.

Also, although I've not visited myself I'm told this National Trust property is interesting - and open on Sundays.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/tredegar-house/

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6. Re: Cardiff/Newport what to do?

Newport City Centre sadly has nothing to offer the casual visitor when compared to the two nearest cities of Bristol and Cardiff, thanks to some truly awful planning decisions over the decades since WWII and ongoing socio-economic trauma. I say this with a heavy heart as a born and raised Newportonian with a passion for what the city could achieve if it put its mind to it and had the blessing of benefactors or Government, whether local or national. However, if you walk through the city centre, say, during a morning when it is quiet there is some lovely Victorian/Edwardian retail/commercial architecture in Commercial Street and High Street which surpasses what you will find in Cardiff. St Woolos Cathedral is a quaint semi-medieval curiosity. The Civic Centre is a very noble 20th Century structure and the Transporter Bridge is the biggest of its type in Europe.

However, Newport's best asset is its position. Nestled amongst steep precipitous hills it is a pauper's San Francisco. What you need to do is get to the top of each hill and over to the other side because you are soon transported into beautiful countryside with villages and country pubs. My watering hole for many years was Christchurch - a tiny hamlet with pub, church and ancient houses clustered on a hilltop. Don't expect to see Raymond Blanc tucking into lunch but the setting is exquisite. Down the hill is Caerleon - fascinating Roman and Arthurian centre. Beyond is the gorgeous Usk Valley....I could go on.

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7. Re: Cardiff/Newport what to do?

Possibly first time I've seen Newport compared to San Francisco, kudos Jim!

Caerleon is well worth a visit, and you could combine it with a visit to Blaenavon, a World Heritage Site where you can do an underground tour at the magnificent Big Pit National Coal Mining Museum.

www.visitblaenavon.co.uk/en/Homepage.aspx

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8. Re: Cardiff/Newport what to do?

Rude ? to whom ?

Even Jim ex Newport said the best thing to do is get to the top of the "San Francisco hills " { a little artistic license never did no harm !!! },,, and over the other side, exactly what i suggested, only i mentioned the best way is a soon as possible.

If ever you wanted to see the result of a town {city} being DE industrialized then Newport is a prime example, the loss of the massive steel plant and the closure of the surrounding satellite industries that feed it, is plain to see in the decline of this once thriving town,, So come back Buzzard 2000, and take a walk from the bottom of Pill all the way up to the railway station, then tell us where any visitors can spend 2 days in Newport ?

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9. Re: Cardiff/Newport what to do?

Already given them suggestions, Alf, on things to do but you just don't want to see any good in Newport. Pill has always been a mess but it's not a part of town you'd expect visitors to go to any more than you would direct visitors to London to parts of the east side of London or visitors to Cardiff to it's scruffier areas.

As I'm not a golfer I forgot the Celtic Manor with it's Ryder Cup golf course and spa. http://www.spabreaks.com/venues/celtic-manor

Riverfront theatre in case there is anything there of interest https://nccsec.newport.gov.uk/tickets/

No idea about clubs but there seem to be some http://www.newportpubguide.co.uk/clubs/

The steel plant has closed but there are new industries replacing them - San Francisco is apt for an area developing its own silicon valley.

Edited: 02 June 2014, 10:00
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10. Re: Cardiff/Newport what to do?

As someone who also lived in San Francisco for two years the geographical comparison is not as crazy as it might sound!