City Sightseeing Newport
Discover all the great things to do and see in Newport with City Sightseeing
Prices from $12.00 for adults and $8.50 for children
Discover Newport on an open top Newport Sightseeing tour
The Newport Tour leaves from the Bus Station at the heart of the city centre redevelopment, which is just a few minutes walk from the Train Station. In the city centre are the Newport Museum and Art Gallery, the Victorian Provisions Market, and the Local Information Centre, as well as a variety of branded and independent shops. There is a wide variety of public art in the centre in the form of sculptures and murals which trace the history and heritage of the city.
As the tour leaves the station, passengers can see the impressive new University campus building on the right. The tour then travels up Kingsway and past the Riverfront Theatre and Arts Centre (award winning architectural building), the Steel Wave sculpture (a symbol of Newport’s steel and sea history), and the remains of the Castle on the riverbank, which dates from the late 1200s.
Next stop is Caerleon, which was once one of the most important military sites in Roman Britain, and housed 5,000 soldiers. The tour passes the Fwrrwm Arts and Crafts Centre, the Roman Fortress Baths and the National Roman Legion Museum. Heading down Broadway, the Roman Amphitheatre and Barracks are well worth exploring. There is free entry to all attractions, making it a great value day out, and there are plenty of places to eat and drink, all within very easy walking distance.
Leaving Caerleon, the tour travels up Belmont Hill reaching the Christchurch Viewpoint which has wonderful views across the River Usk towards Abergavenny, and the SugarLoaf and Twmbarlwm mountains. Views across the River Severn towards Somerset and Devon can be seen on the left hand side after leaving the viewpoint.
On our way to Tredegar House, we pass the world-famous Newport Transporter Bridge, which is one of only two still working in the UK, and just six in the world. Rides can be taken across the river on the gondola, and the high level walkway can be climbed, weather permitting, by those who feel energetic!
One of the best examples of a 17th Century Restoration mansion in Britain, Tredegar House and Country Park has 90 acres of beautiful parkland, and a tour of the House is recommended. The park is open all year, with free entry, and the House is open from Easter to the end of September (charges apply).
Returning towards Newport, the tour travels past the recreational Tredegar Park. Climbing up the hill past Belle Vue Park, the tour reaches the 12th Century Norman St Woolos Cathedral before dropping down into Newport city centre, passing close by the Civic Centre and Railway Station. The tour then returns to the Bus Station.
For further information on the local attractions and facilities, please visit http://www.newport.gov.uk/visiting/