Friars Walk

Friars Walk opening 12Nov2015

Friars Walk is a major new shopping and leisure scheme that will revitalise Newport city centre offering more than 36,230 square metres of retail and leisure space including a department store, multiplex, shops, restaurants, car park and bus station.

Friars Walk now open for business! 

Friars Walk was opened by the Leader of Newport City Council, Councillor Bob Bright, accompanied by the First Minister of Wales on 12 November 2015.


Take a bird’s eye view as Friars Walk takes shape in the heart of the city 

Here’s what you think

Newport city centre was brimming over with people enjoying the fifth Admiral Newport Food Festival on Saturday 3 October, a perfect time to find out what visitors to the city liked about Newport, and how they felt about the opening of Friars Walk. This is what they had to say.

Shops signed up

Debenhams is the key anchor store of Friars Walk with Next, Topshop, New Look, River Island, H&M and many other retailers also taking units and returning to the city centre.

Nando’s, Las Iguanas, Chiquitos, Prezzo, Frankie and Benny’s, Cosmo, TGI Friday's and Gourmet Burger Kitchen are just some of the popular restaurants that have also signed up.

And the city centre has a cinema once again with the opening of Cineworld.

Visit the Friar’s Walk website to keep up with developments.


Newport City Council appointed Queensberry Real Estate as the developer for Friars Walk in 2010 and the demolition of John Frost Square began in 2014 - climaxed with the controlled explosion which brought down the Capitol car park.

Construction officially began the first week of April 2014 and following swift progress, a topping out ceremony was held on 11th December 2014.

As a planned part of Queensberry’s development of the Friars Walk Scheme, an archaeological investigation was carried out to locate any historic buildings on the site.

Remains were found exactly where expected and, working with experts, have been recorded and protected.

Key facts

  • Queensberry Real Estate’s team created the South Gate centre in Bath and Victoria Square in Belfast
  • A department store, five major stores, 30 new shops, a convenience food store, a new restaurant quarter with eleven family eateries and a multiplex cinema will add to the vibrancy of the city centre
  • Friars Walk has an estimated catchment of 411,000, double the existing levels, and spend per capita is expected to be the highest in Wales on completion
  • The scheme is set to be one of the most significant retail openings in the UK in 2015
  • A modern 400 space car park and a new bus station will cater for those using public transport and those travelling by car
  • Friars Walk has been designed to encourage shoppers to flow into Commercial Street and the other surrounding retail areas
  • A new square links Friars Walk to the riverfront, the arts quarter, the University of South Wales and the iconic footbridge
  • In December 2013, the council agreed to lend Queensberry Real Estate £90 million in a commercial deal to ensure the development could be delivered on time