‘A monument to the Chartists, whose attempt to improve the lot of the working man and to extend democracy came to a bloody and disastrous end in Newport, outside the Westgate Hotel’

What to see
You’ll find accounts of what to look at in Newport in Towns of Two Halves (and of 91 other places: order the book now for £8 from For additional information plus shopping, eating out etc there’s Visit Newport.

This weekend…
For events coming up go to Visit Newport’s Events page .

Comment and colour
“I started in Caerleon in case Newport had little to offer. I needn’t have worried. And my own first impression of the city was wholly favourable. I sought to park close to the ground and asked directions of a passer-by. He said: “It’s next left, just round the corner.” I looked up and saw a sign ‘Rodney Parade’ attached to a lamp-post. “Where the sign says ‘Rodney Parade’?” I asked. “Exactly,” he said, grinning broadly.
“From there it was a short walk into the city centre across the City Footbridge, which appears on the Visitor Map with a dolphin leaping beneath it. Storm Brian was blowing a gale up the Usk and there were no dolphins. Down the Usk the Transporter Bridge would surely have been closed to pedestrians, I reasoned. I doubt I would have gathered the nerve to climb 60 metres of open ladders to a perilous gantry on a calm day, but with the wind gusting at 70mph and occasional squalls sweeping through the city horizontally it was out of the question. I set out to enjoy Newport indoors.”

(This is an extract from Towns of Two Halves. To read more on Newport and other football towns, order the book for £8 from

More Newport links:

Caerleon on Usk

National Roman Legion Museum

Newport Castle

Newport Museum & Art Gallery

Newport Rising

Old Green Mural

Public Art Trail

‘Along this promenade are more reminders of Newport’s industrial heritage: the vast red metal sculpture called the Steel Wave’

Riverfront Theatre