Group attractions

Transporter Bridge coach visit

Newport has a number of attractions and places of interest which welcome group visitors.

Tour guides can be arranged, and the Newport Tourism Unit can provide assistance with organising visits to all attractions, including guides where possible. See here and here for information on local guides

Roman FortressTown of Caerleon

Caerleon was once one of the most important military sites in Britain under the Roman Empire.

Today, Caerleon is an attractive historic town with a number of fascinating historic sites and attractions, and a selection of pubs, restaurants and tea rooms, making it the perfect destination for groups of all ages.   

Estimated visit time: Half day

Facilities include free coach parking, free attractions, art and craft centre, good choice of local refreshments available.

Tredegar House

Guided tours around the house can be pre-booked for groups, and visitors can discover what life was like for those who lived above, and below, stairs by touring the impressive state rooms, and the intriguing servants’ quarters.

Set in a stunning ninety-acre park, there is plenty to interest all, with the magnificent house, beautiful gardens, children's playground, jogging trail, woodland walk and boating lake.

Refreshments are available in the Brewhouse Restaurant, and there are gifts available in the National Trust shop.

Estimated visit time: Half day- full day

Facilities include coach parking, cafe, gift shop, artisan workshops, extensive grounds, boating lake. Discounts may be available for groups. Free entry for registered tourist board guides, coach drivers and tour leaders escorting groups of 15 or more. 

Transporter Bridge

This unique, Grade 1 listed structure is the essence of industrial development in Newport.

Built in 1906, the bridge was built to provide safe passage across the river Usk in the days when it was essential to allow high-masted ships further upstream.

Pedestrians are able to travel across on the gondola which can hold up to 6 cars at a time, or climb the 177ft to the top walkway.

The visitor centre interprets the history of the bridge, and tour guides can be pre-booked for groups.

The motor house and the high level walkway are open, weather permitting, as part of the day visitor tour.

Estimated visit time: 1-2 hours

Facilities include free coach parking, guided tours for groups (pre-bookable), gift shop and visitor centre, refreshments available just across the road from the Bridge.

Fourteen Locks Canal Centre

Visitors can trace the growth and decline of the canal, and its role in transporting commodities such as coal, iron, limestone and bricks from the south Wales valleys to the ports of Newport and Cardiff.

A computer-based information point lets visitors experience a ‘virtual’ journey along the canal, learning how a canal lock works.

Outside the Visitor Centre, the flight of locks rises 160 feet in just half a mile and is still an impressive sight.

An attractive picnic area and way-marked walks along the canal tow path and surrounding countryside make Fourteen Locks an enjoyable day out for group visitors.

Guides can be arranged for a group visit.

Estimated visit time: Half day- full day

Facilities include coach parking, free entry, visitor centre, cafe and gift shop. 

Gwent Levels and Newport Wetlands Reserve

This wildlife reserve situated on part of the tranquil Gwent Levels, at the edge of the city of Newport, was created to compensate for the loss of mudflats at Cardiff Bay.

Covering over 438 hectares from Uskmouth to Goldcliff, the reedbeds, saline lagoons, wet grassland and scrub have attracted a wealth of wetland birds.

The reserve is also an excellent place to see orchids, butterflies, dragonflies and otters.

The Gwent Levels is a beautiful area of Newport for groups to discover. Guides can be arranged for group visitors.

Estimated visit time: Half day-full day 

Facilities include free coach parking, free entry, guides available for groups (pre-bookable), cafe, gift shop, access to Wales National Coast Path. Cafe voucher for driver.

Newport Cathedral: Woolos, King and Confessor

Newport Cathedral is a building of considerable antiquity, having been a site of worship since the early 6th century.

According to legend, the soldier-prince Gwynllyw was converted to Christianity when he was told in a dream to search for a white ox with a black spot on its forehead, and when he found it, to build a church as an act of penitence.

Groups are welcomed at the church and a guide can be arranged to show group visitors around.

Estimated visit time: 1 hour

Facilities include parking, guides available for groups (pre-bookable), gift shop, refreshments available