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About Newport

Newport City Footbridge

Newport City Footbridge – Image Courtesy of Gretiko Photography

Newport is the third largest city in Wales, 12 miles from Wales’ largest city, Cardiff. It’s located in the south of the country, bordered by Cardiff, Caerphilly, Torfaen, Monmouthshire and the Severn Estuary.

Newport hasn’t always been a city. Historically, it was the largest urban area within Monmouthshire and later, Gwent. However to mark the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, Newport was given city status.

Industry in Newport was historically based around coal minding. During the nineteenth century Newport was the main port used in coal exportation. The importance of the docks declined during the early twentieth century, however Newport continued to thrive through it’s manufacturing and engineering industries. Presently Newport is home to the headquarters of Cassidian (the security division of the Airbus Group), the Office for National Statistics, the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office, GoCompare and the British Red Cross. Newport is also home to major divisions of Lloyds TSB and Panasonic and also has a large passport office which serves a large part of the U.K.

Many believe that Newport is a very deprived area, however the sheer quantity of businesses it homes, the rate at which it’s expanding and the number of businesses being brought to the area contradict this. In fact, Newport has been ranked the third best location to have offices outside of London and is ranked as the 7th city for robust economic growth.

There are many educational institutions within Newport, including two university campuses which are part of the University of South Wales, one of the largest universities in the United Kingdom. One campus is located in Caerleon and the other in the city centre itself. Newport is also home to one college, Nash College, which is part of the Coleg Gwent partnership, 8 state secondary schools and one private school.

The city also has a thriving sporting community. As mentioned, Rodney Parade is home to a football team and two rugby teams: Newport Country FC is a member of the Football League, Newport RFC play in the Welsh Premier Division and the Newport Gwent Dragons play in the Pro2 League. The Dragons team contains and has contained many Welsh rugby players. Along with Rodney Parade, there is also the Newport International Sports Village which contains the Welsh National Velodrome. The Great British cycling team have trained for the Olympics in this world-class centre since 2004. A variety of notable people are from Newport, including businessman Sir Terry Matthews, actor Michael Sheen, Welsh rugby captain Ryan Jones and Darren Campbell, an Olympic gold medallist.

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Overlooking Newport – Image Courtesy of Gretiko Photography

Millions of pounds have been invested into regenerating Newport. The first major improvements were unveiled in 2004. Since then, Newport has seen the opening of the Southern Distributor Road, City Bridge, Newport City Footbridge and the Riverfront Arts Centre. Rodney Parade (home to Newport RFC and the Dragons) and the railway station have also undergone major refurbishments. The regeneration is said to continue for many years as there are plans to build a new state-of-the-art hospital and an M4 relief road.

In recent years, major attempts have been made to put Newport on the map. In 2010, the Celtic Manor, a five star hotel in Newport, hosted the Ryder Cup. In September 2014, the Celtic Manor will host the NATO summit which will see major politicians from the world, including Barack Obama, visiting Newport. Many of the world’s leaders will unite at the Celtic Manor in Newport on September 4-5th to evaluate and provide strategic direction for alliance activities.


Newport Statistics

Area: 190km²

Population (Urban): 145700 (2011)

Population (Rural): 310000 (2011)

Population Density: 738km²

Mayor: Cliff Suller

Twinned with: Heidenheim, Kutaisi and Guangxi Province