From ornamental parks to rural idylls. there’s a whole other world away from the urban sprawl which surrounds its heart – all you have to do is look.
So here’s our run-down of 11 of the best places to take the family to get away from all that noise and bustle during hte long school break.
Belle Vue Park
If you’re in a contemplative mood , this is just a short walk away from the downtown caterwaul of Pill.
Opened in 1894, it features everything typical of such a Victorian oasis, including conservatories, tea rooms, a pavilion, bandstand and rockeries.
The park closes at dusk each evening.
The Newport Wetlands
A veritable haven for wildlife right on the edge of the city – but, with a new RSPB visitor centre, a café, shop and children’s play area, it’s a pretty cool place for people too.
Cetti’s warblers and bearded tits can be seen and heard in the reedbeds, and ducks, geese and swans visit the reserve in large numbers during the winter – plus you can enjoy spectacular views of the Severn estuary all year round.
Allt yr Yn Nature Reserve
A diverse haven for wildlife within the city of Newport.
This reserve, which borders the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal, contains a variety of habitats including streams, a series of ponds, ancient woodland, and species-rich grassland. Located only 1km from the centre, it’s been described as “a treasure within the city.”
With its one-mile walking track, picturesque park, lake and mature trees, this 17th-century mansion – one of the architectural wonders of Wales – is a must-visit.
The house and its garden closes at 5pm but the surrounding acres of parkland is open until 9pm.
Fourteen Locks Canal Centre
Located in one of the most picturesque areas of Newport, Fourteen Locks offers an active heritage experience for everyone.
It is situated at the top of the famous Cefn Flight of canal locks, which has long been recognised as an engineering wonder of the Industrial Revolution.
There’s also plenty of other stuff to keep you interested – from tea rooms to gift shops – not to mention fit, with miles of beautiful scenery to also explore.
This ancient Woodland with bluebells is approx 18 acres in size, supporting large numbers of wild birds, butterflies, bats and small animals, including grey squirrels and hedgehogs. The wood opens out onto Ringland Top playing field – a perfect spot for a picnic with panoramic views over the Bristol Channel. There is also a small park there.
Drive along the winding reen-hugged lanes of Nash for long enough and you’ll end up here.
Fairly unpopulated, even during the summer months, an afternoon idling down by the waves is the perfect way to pass the time.
— Katherine Slade (@8thtree) October 11, 2015
Three miles of tracks and public footpaths should make Coed Craig Ruperra’s 150-acre woodland the perfect place to get away from it all.
It costs nothing and you can venture around it whenever you like.
Once a hunting preserve of Chepstow Castle, Wentwood in Llanfair Discoed is now a conifer plantation. It has a long recorded history and a number of heritage sites that gives us clues to the past uses of the forest. It is a haven for wildlife, including adders and lizards.
This 30 acre park is home to the Grade II listed Beechwood House, a late 19th century pile which was once the private residence of George Fothergill, a tobacco manufacturer and former Mayor of Newport.
In 1900, Newport Borough Council bought Beechwood House and the grounds were opened up as a public park. It also boasts a cafe called Mrs T’s.
Usk Valley Walk
Follow the River Usk upstream past its titular historic market town, via field and woodland before taking in the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal towpath and Brecon and Newport Canal.
Passing through Abergavenny and Usk it’s an enjoyable, mainly relaxed waterside walk with lots of wildlife and view of the Brecon Beacons at which to gawp.