Visitor and tourist
information Newport Isle Of Wight self catering,self-catering,
Geographically located in the centre of the Island, Newport is its
principal town and main shopping centre. Excellent roads and bus
services make it easy to reach from anywhere on the Island and the
Southern Vectis bus terminus is right in the centre of town. Enjoy
browsing in the major chain stores or the many individual and
intriguing little shops to be found in the lanes leading off the
High Street and two main squares.
Sunnycott caravan park is the ideal base to
explore the town from.
At the furthest navigable reach of the Medina river, Newport was a
market town with a busy port until the mid nineteenth century. In
the 3rd century the Romans built a fine Roman Villa in Cypress Road
and in the 11th century the Normans established a stronghold on the
site of a Saxon Fort at Carisbrooke, then the Island's capital.
Richard de Redvers founded the town of Newport, laying out streets
in a grid pattern, with a straight road from Quay to Castle. His
grandson Baldwin de Redvers rebuilt Carisbrooke Castle in stone
during the reign of King Stephen. Nowadays the castle opens daily to
provide visitors with a fascinating living history experience.
Newport has two elegant squares and many fine town houses date from
Georgian and early Victorian times. The colonnaded Guildhall,
designed by John Nash, now houses the Museum of Island History and
the Tourist Information Centre. Historic buildings have been
restored to provide the tiny Apollo Theatre in Pyle Street and the
Quay Arts Centre, housed in former warehouses, on the western bank
of the river, where you will find pubs, sports facilities and a
cycle way to Cowes. Leisure sports are available at Seaclose Park
and at the nearby Mountbatten Centre, a modern complex with indoor
swimming pool, theatre and adjoining Arboretum.
Newport harbour provides facilities for the visiting yachtsman and
the Riverside Centre, which is accessible to all, has a waterfront
restaurant. Car and coach parks beside the river are convenient for
visiting the Classic Boat Museum, the Bus and Coach Museum and the
craft studios at Jubilee Stores.
Whatever your age or interest, you will enjoy a great evening in
Newport. Try the multiplex cinema or fast food diners at Coppins
Bridge or join a guided Ghost Walk. Visit a nightclub or choose from
a whole host of interesting pubs and restaurants offering a range of
mouth-watering culinary delights.