Discover Newport with megabus
Newport: top 3 things to do
1. Tiptoe across Transporter Bridge
Scared of heights? Then you might want to hold the bags for this one. You’ll need to climb 200-odd steps to get to the high-level walkway of Transporter Bridge, one of Newport’s most famous landmarks. It was originally built to get workers over the river to the steelworks, and has become a must-do visitor attraction since.
3. Visit Tredegar House
This 17th-century restoration mansion certainly has a few stories to tell, and you can hear them on a tour of Tredegar House itself. But lots of people head here just to enjoy the beautiful walled gardens and sprawling parkland that surrounds the property. Just hop on the number 30 bus from the city centre.
3. Hear the choir at St Woolos Cathedral
Newport Cathedral dates back to the Norman period, although it’s been a site of worship for far longer. It’s a beautiful building to visit any time of the week, but it’s particularly poignant when the choir are in full voice. There are several choral services held each week, plus evening rehearsals and special events, so you’ve got a good chance of hearing them in action.
Newport: getting around
Take the megabus to Newport and you can make the most of onboard features like free WiFi and power sockets during your journey. Plus, a free 20kg luggage allowance means you can bring all your essentials on the coach.
Once your bus arrives in Newport, it’s nice and easy to get around. In fact, it’s so compact that you can walk from one end of the city centre to the other in the space of about 10 minutes.
If you’re heading to the University of South Wales’ Newport City Campus, you’ve not got far to go. It’s a 10-minute walk from the train station, or you can hop on one of the local buses. You’ll find it right opposite the Friars Walk retail centre.
On top of that, Newport has some brilliant transport links to local towns and cities. Take a train or bus to Cardiff and you’ll be there in well under an hour. Or explore some of the local areas of beauty on your doorstep. The Vale of Usk, the Wye Valley and the Brecon Beacons National Park are all within easy day-tripping distance.
Newport: best for nightlife
Newport has a great selection of pubs and bars to please any resident student or first-time visitor. Le Pub is one of the most popular city-centre haunts, and live music is its piece de resistance. Close-by John Wallace Linton is equally popular with Wetherspoon-loving students, thanks to some great drinks deals.
The most-recommended spots for a decent pint and dinner are a little further out, but they’re well worth the trip. Put the Ruperra Arms and Tredegar Arms on your to-do list – they’re both about a 20-minute drive out from the centre.
Newport: best for shopping
Newport’s shopping options are all really close together, which is handy if you’ve got cash to splash. Try Commercial Street and the Kingsway Centre for high street brands you’ll recognise. The latter is right next to the Central Library and Newport’s newest retail attraction – Friars Walk shopping centre. A shiny new development, this one has shops, restaurants and attractions like a cinema and bowling alley, all under one roof. And if somehow you don’t find what you’re after, you can pick up pretty much everything under the sun at Newport’s covered market. It’s open all day Monday to Saturday.
Newport for free: our top 3
1. Visit Caerleon Roman Fortress and Baths
Book a coach to Newport and get an incredible glimpse into second-century Roman Britain at Caerleon Roman Fortress and Baths. Stretching over 50 acres, this open-air museum is home to the most complete Amphitheatre in Britain. The whole thing is open all year round bar a couple of days at Christmas, and admission is free.
2. Relax in Belle Vue Park
Just outside the city centre you’ll find this elegant Victorian park waiting to be explored. Thanks to a huge renovation project, the vast flower beds, rockeries and lawns at Belle Vue Park are in tip-top condition. Plus, there’s a nice little tea room at the pavilion that’s perfect for a stop-off.
3. Picnic in Beechwood Ornamental Park
It’s another park, yes, but this is beautiful Wales after all. Plus, Beechwood does have a unique selling point. It’s on a slope, which means you’re treated to widescreen views over Newport and the Channel from the top of the parkland. Pick your spot in the 30 acres of gardens, unroll your picnic blanket, and enjoy the peace and quiet.
Book your Newport coach tickets using the journey planner at the top of this page. Be quick - the cheapest deals sell out fast!