Newport is a vibrant city which is undergoing massive regeneration whilst also retaining it’s historic buildings and character.
It is surrounded by beautiful landscapes, including the Forest of Dean , the Wye Valley (which is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and the undulating Vale of Usk, famous for its salmon fishing.
Those who know Newport well, recognise it as a multi-cultural community with its own unique atmosphere, where traditional industries exist alongside new electronics and financial service sectors.
Standing at the gateway between England and Wales, Newport covers a geographical area of just over 73.5 square miles and is a vibrant, forward-thinking city steeped in a rich industrial and architectural heritage.
In the nineteenth century, its important strategic location really started to be capitalised on, and Newport became one of the busiest and most important ports in the world, claiming to have the world’s largest lock when Town Dock was built in 1842.
For all its historic interest, Newport has more than it’s past to commend it. In recent years, some of the more traditional industries have declined, and now the city is successfully proving that it can re-establish and adapt itself as a centre of modern industry and commerce, attracting new businesses and people in from outside the area.
It is an extremely green city, being 70% rural, and you are never far away from ornamental parks, sports fields, and the open countryside and farmland. For breathtaking walks, or a leisurely drive, the Brecon Beacons National Park, including Pen-y-Fan, which is the highest peak in Southern Britain, is less than an hour’s drive away. Cyclists are also well catered for, with cycleways linking the city and rural areas, both locally and further afield. Golfers are spoilt for choice, with over thirty golf clubs in the area, eight of which are within ten minutes drive of the city centre.