What's around Newport?


Newport is the county town of the Isle of Wight and is one of the most highly populated areas on the island. It is located in the northern-central part, at the end of the River Medina which is the main river on the Isle of Wight, and there is so much to do in Newport that it is simply impossible to be bored here! Whether you are planning to rent a self-catering cottage in this town or whether you are just thinking about visiting for a day trip or two, there are many things for history and art lovers, for children and for those who just love to shop!

Newport, along with other areas of the Isle of Wight, is steeped in an interesting history that dates back to the Roman times, and this history can be explored by visitors as there is a Newport Roman Villa that welcomes the public and is truly fascinating. Having been discovered in 1926 and dating back to 280AD, the Newport Roman Villa houses a museum and a magnificently preserved Roman Bath.

For those who want to be immersed even further in times of the past, then a trip to the Museum of Island History in Newport is a must-see. Through exhibitions and displays, visitors can learn about the incredible history of the Isle of Wight, including all about when the pre-historic dinosaurs used to roam the landscape.

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Newport offers a wide variety of eateriesLovers of all things nautical will enjoy Newport, as it is situated right on the river and is home to a beautiful quay. There is also the Class Boat Museum which is worth a visit, as it is home to an impressive collection of restored power boats and classic sailing boats which date all the way back to the 1800s. There is also photography exhibition and lots of artefacts to make the museum even more exciting!

If you love a spot of art while on holiday then do be sure to have a look in both the Newport Museum and Art Gallery and the Quay Arts, which feature collections of sculptures, ceramics and paintings.

The incredible 12th century Carisbrooke Castle is very close by to Newport and remains one of the most popular things to see on the Isle of Wight. Having been the prison of King Charles I in the months leading up to his trial before he was executed, Carisbrooke Castle is a must-see

Newport offers a wide variety of eateries to suit all pockets and persuasions. It is very nice to treat the children and take them out for a meal after spending time at the cinema or soft play centre.

For people who appreciate good food, there is a farmer's market in St. Thomas' Square, held between 9am and 2 pm that sells high quality island produce. Asparagus is a really tasty treat in the spring and there are always the most tempting foods on offer. Give yourself a treat and buy some home-grown and cooked island food to take back to your holiday accommodation and if you're driving home, stock up on fruit and vegetables to take home with you. There is no better souvenir!

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Almost every holidaymaker spends a little time in Newport town centre, for shopping, for dining, the multiplex cinema or other entertainment. Being fairly central on the island, Newport is conveniently located.

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Another good reason to stay in Newport during your holiday is its links to all other parts of the island. This is especially important for people who rely on public transport for sightseeing.

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