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Flights to Newport

image of NewportSituated in South Wales the city of Newport is only around 20 kilometres east of Wales’s capital and largest city, Cardiff, yet it has its own individual appeal and attractions. Newport offers culture, a variety of architecture, museums, and plenty of shopping, making a good alternative destination to the larger Cardiff.

Flights to Newport are generally served by the Cardiff Airport (airport code: CWL), which is nearly 50 kilometres outside of Newport. There are regular buses between the two cities for transit. The only airline that has a 1-stop flight to Newport (arriving in Cardiff) from South Africa is KLM and they make a transfer in Amsterdam. Other options include flights with Egyptair that connects in Cairo and Amsterdam, or with BMI and Virgin Atlantic. They both transfer in London and Glasgow. Most flights to Newport are around 20 to 22 hours long.

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The Tourist Attractions of Newport:

If you want to visit Wales and don’t fancy visiting the capital, Cardiff, then Newport makes a great alternative. This smaller city still offers plenty of things to see and do and being less busy than nearby Cardiff some tourists agree it’s a more pleasant and relaxing place to come. Among the many attractions in Newport are the following:

Newport Museum
Newport Museum, or the City Museum, is one of three major museums in Newport. This is the place to come if you’re interested in local (South Wales) history, with exhibits going back as far as prehistoric times right up to the late Victorian era. There is plenty of information on the Roman settlement called Isca Augusta which was located on the outskirts of Newport. This was the furthest west that the Romans went so it’s a significant place in history, and there are some remains of the Roman amphitheatre that can still be seen in Caerleon, a suburb of Newport.

National Roman Legion Museum
The ancient Roman ruins and a museum dedicated to the fortress and settlement is actually located at the site of the settlement in Caerleon so if you’re interested in seeing the ruins and finding out more about the Romans in Wales you should definitely visit this museum. Also close by is the Roman Baths Museum.

Tredegar House
From a different period in history is Newport’s Tredegar House. This is one of the best examples of a 17th century Charles II country house in the UK. It dates originally back to the early 1500s but was extensively rebuilt to the style you see today in the 1600s. The grand house was the home of the Morgan family for over 500 years but has been owned by Newport City Council since the 1970s. It’s open from Easter to September for guided tours of the house, and the grounds are open throughout the year for walks.

Newport Transporter Bridge
Considered to be the symbol of Newport, the Newport Transporter Bridge is a historic landmark and bridge that’s still used today as part of the highways network. It’s a bridge with a difference as vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists board a ferry that’s suspended from above and then transports them across the River Usk. If you visit you’ll get to experience quite a unique way of travel, on the largest of only eight transporter bridges remaining in the world.

When Should You Visit?:

Newport is generally a mild city and its location means it’s protected from most harsh weather. Like most of the UK it’s warm for the latitude, experiencing mild winters and warm summers though changeable weather that can be quite different from one day to the next.

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