Place Category: Feature
An ancient port, a thriving community, a gateway to North Pembrokeshire, Newport is an enchanting town full of unique shops and places to eat, quirky and luxurious places to stay, a swathe of beach to play on, and the mysterious Preseli Hills to explore…
Newport – or Trefdraeth (the town by the beach) – was established in around 1197, a port founded on the medieval wool trade in the area. Sadly, the plague hit the town in the 16th century and much of the trade moved to Fishguard. Although Newport itself didn’t exist until the 12th century, there is plenty of evidence of much earlier settlements – as far back as 3,500 BC – all around the area. Not just a tourist destination, Newport is a thriving community in its own right. While tourism sustains it, there are many small businesses – artisans, crafters and jewellers – displaying and selling their wares. Try The Gallery (Yr Oriel) and the Newport Collective for interesting and exciting pieces. There’s a Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Visitor Centre close to the centre of the town, a great place to start if you want to explore the area. Newport has a lovely beach, reached by leaving the town and driving over the river, but the harbour area (The Parrog) is also worth a stroll and is where sailors will find Newport Boat Club and a slipway. Out of the summer months, you can take a cookery course at the Vic North Café. Of course, as the gateway to the Preseli Mountains, there’s a wealth of Neolithic history to take in – the ancient burial site at Pentre Ifan and the reconstructed Iron Age village at Castell Henllys are two examples of many.
ACCOMMODATION FOOD & DRINK
There’s a wealth of good-quality accommodation in Newport – self-catering accommodation is in good supply or try Llys Meddyg ‘Restaurant with Rooms’ if you don’t want to cook. B&Bs include the splendid Llwyngwair Manor; there’s camping down by the Parrog at Morawelon and at Ty Canol up on the headland, with sweeping views of the bay.
For foodies, Newport is pretty much heaven. There’s a weekly market full of local produce, a fabulous independent butcher and a fishmonger, so you can cook with the best local produce.
If cooking is off the menu, you’re spoilt for choice for places to eat: everything from fine dining at Cnapan, good quality pub food at establishments such as the Golden Lion to the small but perfectly formed, locally focussed menu at Tides and crowd-pleasing burgers and pizza at The Canteen. There is really something for everyone and somewhere different for every night of the week.
NEED TO KNOW
Getting to Newport: Newport is on the A487 between Fishguard and Cardigan.
Parking: Pay and Display (March – October) in the centre of Newport, and limited parking at the Parrog. Pay and display parking at the beach.
Public Transport: Nearest train stations are at Fishguard and Clunderwen; the T5 service between Cardigan and Haverfordwest serves Newport, as does the coastal Poppit Rocket, between Fishguard and Cardigan.
Dogs: The beach at Newport allows dogs all year round.
Richards Brothers 01239 613756 http://www.richardsbros.co.uk/local-bus-services/
St Dogmaels Abbey & The Coach House http://www.stdogmaelsabbey.org.uk/ 01239 615389
Cardigan Bay Fish http://cardiganbayfish.co.uk/home/ 01239 621043
Glebelands Market Garden http://www.glebelandsmarketgarden.co.uk/ 075115 46701
The Ferry Inn http://www.ferry-inn.co.uk/ 01239 615172
The Webley Hotel http://www.webleyhotel.co.uk/ 01239 612085
AlltyCoed Campsite & Yurts http://www.alltycoedcamping.co.uk/ 01239 612673
The Boat Shed Gallery http://boatshedgallery.co.uk/ 01239 612580
Poppit Sands Lifeboat http://rnli.org/findmynearest/station/Pages/Cardigan-Lifeboat-Station.aspx
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