Quality of life

Newport offers an excellent quality of life with acclaimed schools, beautiful scenery and a lively sporting and entertainment scene.

A massive investment programme is transforming the city centre with new housing, shops, offices and recreational facilities.

Property is affordable with house prices around 59% of the national average. 

Perfect for work, even better for living

Newport is a coastal city close to the breathtaking Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Brecon Beacons, the Gower coast and the Vale of Usk.

Newport city centre is being redeveloped to give retail and business premises a new lease of life and the transformed railway station provides excellent access to an impressive transport network.

Newport was the host city for the Ryder Cup in 2010. 


The A level pass rate in Newport in 2015 was 97% with the percentage of those gaining an A*-C at 76.3 per cent, above the Wales average of 74.3 per cent.

Recent investment has created two new high schools in the city.

Private education is available at Rougement school for children aged from three and a half to eighteen years and at private schools in Monmouth and Cardiff.

The University of South Wales has a world-class university building in the city centre.

Other universities within a 30 mile radius are Cardiff University, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Bristol University and the University of the West of England.


There are over 30 golf courses in the region as well as cycle and walking routes linking the city to Caerleon and the countryside and the Wales Coast Path. 

The Wales National Velodrome forms part of Newport International Sports Village which also has a competition swimming pool, football and athletics stadium, pitches for cricket and hockey, an indoor tennis centre and the football Centre of Excellence, the base for the Welsh national squad.

Rodney Parade, the city’s stadium, is home to top Welsh rugby team Newport Gwent Dragons, as well as Newport RFC and Newport County AFC.

The redeveloped riverside stadium has capacity for over 9,000 fans.

The Celtic Manor Resort offers a first-class service to leisure and business customers, set in a stunning location.

The Riverfront Theatre and Arts Centre offers a programme of professional live performances and exhibitions as well as classes, workshops and activities. 

Covering over 438 hectares, Newport Wetlands Reserve attracts many wetland birds and is also home to orchids, butterflies, dragonflies and otters.

Newport’s Tredegar House is one of Wales’s architectural wonders and one of the most significant late 17th century houses in the British Isles.