New Homes in Newport
Welcome to Newport
Located just a short drive from the English border in South Wales, Newport is a bustling multicultural city with everything from high street shopping to world-class sports facilities and historic buildings. Known for its universities, striking cathedral and waterside location, you’ll find a little bit of everything in this bustling Welsh hub.
The history of the area
Newport started out as a 12th century Norman settlement, with its own castle. After being burned by Owain Glyndwr, Newport was rebuilt and enjoyed a boom during the 19th century when the city’s port started exporting coal and iron ore from local mines. One of the most prominent dates in Newport’s history is 1839, when the Chartists led the ‘Newport Rising’. Many were killed at the hands of the authorities, making it one of the deadliest events of the century.
In the 20th century Newport suffered bombing at the hands of the Germans during the Second World War, but has gone on to become one of the biggest and most important places in Wales, gaining its city status in the year 2002. In 2010 Newport hosted the Ryder Cup golf competition at the Celtic Manor Resort, and hosted the NATO summit in 2014.
Businesses and industry
Historically, industry in Newport has centred around the port, with the export of coal and iron from mines in the South Wales Valleys, and a successful shipbuilding industry. It was also known for leather tanning, starch and soap making, from the 13th century until around the 18th century. Today the city is home to a wide range of industries including manufacturing, retail, finance and energy.
Some of the biggest employers in Newport and the surrounding areas include Wales & West Utilities, Acorn (Synergie) UK, Gocompare.com, Premier Forest Group and Severn Power. Airbus DS, Celtic Manor Resort, JoJo Maman Bebe, Island Steel, Monmouthshire Building Society and Capita Coated Steel are also based in the region.
Things to do in the area
Newport is a bustling city with plenty to see and do, so you’ll never be short of inspiration for days out from your new home. Some of the most recognisable sights in the city include the Transporter Bridge and Newport Cathedral, while other popular attractions include Newport Museum and Art Gallery and Rodney Parade, the home ground of the Newport Gwent Dragons rugby team.
For a fix of local history, a visit to Caerwent is a must, where you’ll find Roman Baths and the remains of an amphitheatre, while Caerleon is home to the National Roman Legion Museum. The National Trust property Tredegar House is located on the outskirts of the city, while Belle Vue Park and Wentwood Forest are also great for a Sunday afternoon stroll. For evening entertainment, Ballet Cymru have their permanent home in Newport, while The Riverfront Theatre has regular performances of drama, music, comedy and dance.
If you enjoy a round or two of golf, your home in Newport is just a short drive away from the course at the Celtic Manor Resort, one of the best-kept golf courses in Wales and the UK as a whole.
Travel and commuting
Newport has excellent transport links by road and rail, making it a great base for commuters going to Cardiff, Bristol or further afield. The M4 is just a mile north of the city, while Newport train station provides a direct rail route to Swansea, Cardiff, Bristol, Gloucester and London. A journey to the Welsh capital takes 15 minutes by train, while a journey to London Paddington takes just 1 hour 50 minutes on the Great Western Railway service. For air travel, Newport is just under 40 minutes away from Cardiff Airport and 50 minutes from Bristol Airport. Both airports offer flights with budget and major airlines to Europe and the rest of the world.