Group attractions

Transporter Bridge coach visit

Newport welcomes group visitors to a number of attractions and places of interest. 

At Newport tourism unit we can assist in organising visits to all attractions and where possible can suggest local guides Phil Coates or Bob Trett.  

Roman Caerleon

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

Today it is an attractive historic town with a number of fascinating sites and a selection of pubs, restaurants and tea rooms.    

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 National Trust's Tredegar House can be pre-booked for groups and visitors can discover what life was like for those who lived above and below stairs. 

The magnificent house is set in a ninety-acre park with beautiful gardens, children's playground, jogging trail, woodland walk and lake.

Refreshments are available in the Brewhouse Restaurant and there is a National Trust gift shop.

Estimated visit time: Half or full-day

Facilities include coach parking, cafe, gift shop, artisan workshops, extensive grounds, 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

Newport's Transporter Bridge is a unique Grade 1 listed structure across the river Usk which represents the essence of industrial development in Newport.

It was built in 1906 to provide safe passage when it was essential to allow high-masted ships further upstream.

Pedestrians can travel on the gondola 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  across the road from the Bridge.

Fourteen Locks Canal Centre

Set on the Monmouthsire and Brecon canal, the Fourteen Locks Canal Centre enables visitors to trace the growth and decline of the canal and its role in transporting 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 or full-day

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

Gwent Levels and Newport Wetlands Reserve

The Newport Wetlands Reserve is a wildlife reserve situated on part of the tranquil Gwent Levels at the edge of Newport and was created to compensate for the loss of mudflats at Cardiff Bay.

Covering over 438 hectares the reedbeds, saline lagoons, wet grassland and scrub have attracted a wealth of wetland birds and is a great place to see orchids, butterflies, dragonflies and otters.

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

Estimated visit time: Half or 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

St Woolos Cathedral is a building of considerable antiquity and 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.

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