What You Need To Know
Newport is a cathedral and University City and 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.
Newport has been a port since medieval times, when a castle was built by the Normans. The town outgrew the earlier Roman town of Caerleon, immediately upstream, and gained its first charter in 1314. It 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. It was the site of the last large-scale armed insurrection in Britain, the Newport Rising of 1839 led by the Chartists.
At the 2011 census it is the third largest city in Wales, with a city population of 145,700 and an urban population of 306,844.
Area: 190 km²
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- The city of Newport features typically Welsh weather, with a fairly temperate climate and plenty of summer sunshine. However, much of the weather in the Newport area is fairly changeable and unpredictable, rarely remaining constant for more than several days.
- Temperatures in Newport regularly exceed 20°C / 68°F in the summer months and during the best weather, the temperatures often climb even higher. The climate can feel rather humid and oppressive at this time of year, partly due to the nearby waterfront and the rainfalls. Autumn is usually especially wet and the weather can change from day to day, and even hour to hour. Whilst the daytime temperatures remain fairly mild during September and October, topping 15°C / 59°F on most days, the evenings and nights gradually start to feel noticeable cooler and chilly at times.
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
Getting around Newport
The local bus services are provided by Newport Transport. They cover all parts of the city and there are also routes to nearby Cwmbran and Cardiff. From April to September open-top sightseeing tours by bus last 75 mins. Every 90 mins from the Bus Station.
Whilst Newport is a relatively safe city, like many others, crime can occur. Usually, you will encounter no problems, however at times the city centre can be slightly intimidating and conflict between locals is not an uncommon sight. Unfortunately, yobbish behaviour from deprived youths is on the rise in Newport. Unknown to them, this causes problems for the city’s reputation and even economy. Newport’s rough reputation is unfortunately very accurate at night. Non locals may find themselves extremely intimidated at night as thuggish behaviour is on the rise, the best way to avoid trouble at night in Newport is to always stay in groups, as the more yobbish kind will start a fight over something as small as accidently being bumped into. Note that in certain bars such as the Meze Lounge and Lloyds Queens Hotel you will be much safer than places such as Revolution. Visitors should be aware that while you may be intimidated, your personal safety in Newport on the whole is not really at risk, in the unlikely event that a threatening situation occurs it is best to simply move on and avoid offending anybody. Rest assured that the problems described above lie mainly within the youths of the city, and most people you meet will be friendly!! Newport is without a doubt the roughest city in Wales.