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The cathedral city of Newport lies on the banks of the River Usk, in south-east Wales, some 12 miles north-east of the capital, Cardiff. While in the past it may have been overshadowed by its neighbour, those in the know are quickly catching on to Newport's charms. A handful of historic sites, a newly developed multi-million-pound shopping complex and a strong sporting heritage make it one of the hottest new weekend getaway destinations in Wales. It doesn't matter whether you're coming to dive into Newport's thriving foodie scene, hitting the legendary nightlife, fuelled by the large student population, or going wildlife-spotting along the 18th-century canal, there's always something to keep you entertained in Wales' 3rd largest city.
Here on a little romantic city break in Wales or treating the whole family to an attraction-fuelled weekend getaway? There'll always be a bed and breakfast in Newport that fits the bill. While the city has its fair share of hotels, there's just something so right about staying in a B&B, which offers an intimate atmosphere and a home-away-from-home feeling that you can't find anywhere else. Plus, at a fraction of the cost of a hotel guestroom, you can save your hard-earned cash to spend at the city's eateries and attractions. If you're sold on a B&B, fire up Expedia to start finding the right property for you. Just search by date and budget, scan through the detailed descriptions and photos, and book in just a few clicks. Simple. If you're on a budget, you could opt for one of the traditional bed and breakfasts housed in the rows of terraced properties near the centre, that haven't changed all that much over the years. If you're looking to impress your better half, maybe one of the new boutiques, with its Welsh-inspired decor, luxurious furnishings and immaculate service might be more your speed. If a city break isn't your thing, one of the converted farmhouses or country cottages in the rolling Welsh countryside, just outside the city, might be just the ticket. Whatever you choose, you're always assured of a comfortable stay when you book a night through Expedia
While every guestroom is different – that's the charm of a B&B – you'll find that most come equipped with all the conveniences you might expect, like a kettle for making hot drinks, a TV on the wall, so you don't have to miss out on your favourite series, and complimentary WiFi, which you can use to help plan your break. Some might have ensuite facilities stocked with toiletries, while others have large family-sized bathrooms shared between a limited number of guests. If you pick right, you could have views over the meandering river or one of Newport's historical landmarks. Come daybreak, you can enjoy a hearty start to the day, with things like full Welsh breakfasts, or lighter bites, like toast and marmalade, washed down with freshly brewed tea. Looking for a different type of break? How about a seaside getaway in the achingly hip coastal city of Brighton?
Newport punches well above its weight when it comes to attractions and things to do. If the sun is shining, there's no better place to while away an afternoon than at Tredegar House and Park, a 17th-century National Trust estate surrounded by 90 acres of outdoor space. Alternatively, you could make a dash for the RSPB Newport Wetlands Reserve, along the Severn Estuary – it's a 438-hectare park of lagoons and grassland, where you can spot everything from playful otters to peregrine falcons. Just remember to bring your binoculars. Don't miss a visit to the National Roman Legion Museum, a fortress built by the Romans more than 2,000 years ago, or a drive up to Chepstow Castle, one of the best-preserved medieval buildings in the country.