Friars Walk

Friars Walk signage

Friars Walk, a major shopping and leisure scheme in Newport city centre, opened in November 2015 with more than 36,230 square metres of retail and leisure space including a department store, cinema, shops, restaurants, car park and bus station.

The development of Friars Walk has increased Newport's catchment from 211,000 to 367,000 with an estimated footfall of 10-12 million per annum (Source: Javelin/DTZ).

Friars Walk opened 12 November 2015 and attracted 350,000 visitors on the first weekend. 

Debenhams is the key anchor store, with Next, Topshop, New Look, River Island, H&M and other retailers.

Popular restaurants including Nando’s, Las Iguanas, Chiquitos, Prezzo, Wagamamas and TGI Fridays are situated close to Cineworld cinema. 

Friars Walk has been designed to encourage shoppers to flow into Commercial Street and the surrounding retail areas.

A new square links Friars Walk to the riverfront, the University of South Wales and the iconic footbridge.

There is a 350 space car park and bus station.

Visit Friar’s Walk website for further information.


  • 2010 - Newport City Council appoints developers Queensberry Real Estate
  • December 2013 - council agrees to lend Queensberry Real Estate £90 million in a commercial deal to ensure the development could be delivered on time
  • 2014 - demolition of John Frost Square begins
  • April 2014 - construction begins with a topping out ceremony in December 2014
  • 12 November 2015 - Friars Walk opens