The Ultimate Guide to Living and Working in Newport

Here is everything you need to know about Newport, use the list below to jump between the relevant sections!

Newport insights
Newports population
House price’s in Newport
Is Newport a nice place to live?
Is Newport safe?
The best neighbourhoods to live in Newport
Travelling in Newport
What are the schools like in Newport?
Universities in Newport
Eating and drinking in Newport
Shopping in Newport
Hotels in Newport
Top 10 things to do in Newport
Need a Locksmith in Newport?


Newport Insights

Newport is a city in Wales; it is situated on the River Usk and is 12 miles northeast of Cardiff. Newport is the third largest city in Wales.

Is Newport a city? Where is Newport UK?


Newport Population

Newport city has a population of 145,700 at the 2011 census. This means that  in 2021, Newport’s population is estimated to be 317, 707.

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House Prices in Newport

In Newport the average price for a property is £193,188, which is a rise of 3.25% compared to the past 3 months.

  • Flats sell for an average of £119,222
  • Terrace houses sell for an average of £140,824
  • Semi-detached houses sell for £182,942 on average
  • Detached houses sell for £301,037 on average


Renting in Newport

The average rent in Newport is £641 per calendar month.


Is Newport a Nice Place to Live?

Newport, Wales, has recently been named as the 3rd best place to live in the UK, offering enviable views and gently rolling hills. The high-street features Victorian buildings with all the shops, eateries and takeaways you’d expect to find on a high-street. There has been some redevelopment in recent years; £100 million was spent on developing Friars Walk, a retail and leisure scheme that opened in 2015.

There is a good selection of baes, restaurants and entertainment venues including; theatres, cinemas and a bowling alley. If you like to get outdoors then the Brecon Beacons is only 30 minutes away, as is the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding National Beauty.


History and Landmarks

Houdini got in trouble in Newport

The most famous magician that ever lived had a love for Newport, Wales. He started his very first international tour in Newport in 1905. Houdini may not have been the most popular with the local police, as he showed them up by escaping, completely naked, from the cells. He returned a few years later and jumped handcuffed from Newport Bridge, thousands of people descended on the city to watch him. After all this, Houdini was summonsed to appear in front of the magistrate for obstructing a public highway, but he walked away without even a fine.

Newport Castle

Newport Castle is a ruined castle; it was built in the 14th century by Hugh de Audley, with the intention of managing the crossing of the River Usk. The castle was also used to house the administrative offices for the collection of rent and dues from local tenants. It has been a grade 2 listed building since 1951. Although it has been closed for a few years due to safety concerns, it is still a dramatic landscape for a walk or picnic.


Is Newport a Safe Place to Live?

Per annum, the crime rate in Newport area is 34.8, which means there are 34.8% reported per year per 1000 people. If you compare this to the national crime rate, Newport’s crime rate is at 110%. 28.8% of this is made up of violent crime; violent crime has decreased by 4.1% in the past year.


What are the Best Neighbourhoods to Live in Newport?


You’ll find Bassaleg about 2 miles North West of Newport, there are good schools and transport links here, which make it a desirable place to live. You can get to central Cardiff via train in about 20 minutes, which is great for those commuting for work.

Average property price: £198,963


Located on the northern outskirts of Newport, there is a lot of historical significance in Caerleon. It’s the location of a notable Roman legionary fortress and an Iron Age hill fort, as well as lots of beautiful untouched countryside. You will also find some good transport links here, to Cardiff and Bristol, the M4 is also very close by.

Average property price: £228,168


Less than 6 miles south west of Newport city centre, new housing estates have been built around an older village. The town has everything you could want; pubs, local shops and a doctor’s surgery. This is a great place for young couples and families looking to live in a village environment, is boasts several playparks, nurseries and lots of open green spaces.


Travelling in Newport

The city of Newport is extremely accessible and many people commute to Bristol. They have transformed the railway station that provides great access to the expansive transport network. 79.6% of people in Newport live within a 200 metre walk from a bus, train or tube station.

Closest Airport

The nearest airport to Newport is Bristol Airport which is 18.7 miles away. Other nearby airports include Cardiff which is 19.8 miles away, Birmingham which is 80.9 miles away, London Heathrow that is 110.3 miles from Newport and London Luton which is 114.7 miles away.

Newport’s Closest Hospital

The closest hospital to Newport is The Royal Gwent Hospital, which is located at Cardiff Rd, Newport NP20 2UB.


What are the School’s like in Newport?

In Newport 10.9% of homes are situated close to a primary school that Ofsted have awarding an ‘Outstanding’ rating to. This standard remains high for older children as well; the A-Level pass rate in Newport is 97% with 76.3% of students getting an A*-C grade, which is much higher than the Welsh national average


Universities in Newport

The world class University of South Wales is the closest university to the city and has a campus in Newport.

University accommodation costs

Type: Standard Room (En-suite)

Location: Newport city centre

Cost: £96 per week


Eating and Drinking in Newport

1. Monusk Tapas

Monusk takes its inspiration from the route Newport’s medieval ship would have taken along the Iberian Peninsula. Tapas, brunch and pintxos are on offer along with a range of ales. You can pick 3 dishes for £14 and enjoy river views with your dinner.

2. The Pod

If you’re looking for a Sunday roast then this is the place to go, it’s served on a huge platter and everyone helps themselves. They also offer a great range of quirky cocktails, which go great with the ‘small plates’ The Pod offers.

4. Meat Bar and Grill

Some would say that you’ll find the best burger in Newport here. This burger joint has a wealth of meaty concoctions for you to try that change seasonally. You can now also enjoy an amazing cooked breakfast on the weekend. If you are veggie or vegan don’t be put off, they have a great selection of dishes for you!

5. Secret Garden

This isn’t actually so secret, being located in the middle of the city centre means everyone knows about it, and for good reason! Secret Garden serves up hearty dishes with huge portion sizes! They also offer a huge vegetarian range, which means there is truly something for everyone. You can pick from hand-made burgers, tasty breakfasts and massive plates of pasta. You can also enjoy a weekly tapas night.


Shopping in Newport

Friars walk is a £100m shopping complex in Newport. There are several levels and you will find a mix of high-street shops, eateries, soft play areas and even a cinema and bowling alley. The car park holds 350 cars and there is a 1000 space car park over the road at Kingsway. The complex is only a short walk away from the high-street, so you can find everything you need in one place.


Hotels in Newport

The Priory Hotel

You’ll find The Priory Hotel on Caerleon on the River Usk. The hotel was originally a Cistercian monastery and dates back to 1180. The hotel has been modernised, but many of the original period features have been left untouched. Each room comes with a flat screen TVs and private bathrooms. Breakfast is provided in the Oak Panel room and they have a fantastic a la carte menu for evening meals, if the weather is good enough you will be able to sit in the garden to enjoy your meal.

The Old Barn Inn

The Old Barn Inn is known for its delicious food and fantastic rooms. You can enjoy, Welsh breakfasts, romantic dinners and al fresco dining. Expert chefs use local ingredients to bring you exceptional dishes, as well as local ales, beers and wins to choose from. You will find Egyptian sheets and free Wi-Fi in every room. The Brecon Beacons are an hour away and the M4 is easily accessible.

Coldra Court Hotel by Celtic Manor

Set on the outskirts of Newport, Celtic Manor is located on Langstone just off the M4. You will find a restaurant and leisure facilities such as a swimming pool, sauna and steam room. Each room has free Wi-Fi, flat-screen television and tea and coffee making facilities. What sells this hotel over some others is the smoke house and grill restaurant, it features a timber smoked oven and specialises in Southern style BBQ food. There’s a great patio for pre-dinner drinks and sofas to relax on with a coffee.


Top 10 Things to do in Newport

  1.  Newport Castle
  2. Newport Transporter Bridge
  3. The Market Hall
  4. St Woolos Cathedral
  5. The Wave
  6. Chartist Graves
  7. Newport Museum and Art Gallery
  8. The Brutalist Civic Centre
  9. Caerleon Roman Fortress and Baths
  10. Westgate Hotel


Need a Locksmith in Newport?

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