Newport is the principal town of the Isle of Wight, which is located in the centre of the Island and often referred to as its capital.
This historic town centres on two elegant squares with Georgian and Victorian architecture surrounding them, with the town’s quay a short distance away.
The Isle of Wight Festival takes place every June at Seaclose Park in Newport, which runs adjacent to the River Medina.
Things To Do in Newport
Newport offers plenty of things to do and is a great place for shopping with a number of well-known chain stores mixing with smaller independent shops across the two main squares, Newport High Street and the side streets.
There is a regular market which is based across the town on a Tuesday, with a highly rated farmers market (which is a regular stop on The Queen’s Isle of Wight visits) selling a good range of local produce on Fridays.
There are also a good selection of attractions around Newport with the Museum of Island History, Quay Arts Centre and the Newport Roman Villa all within walking distance of the centre.
Newport also offers a good range of entertainment both during the day and most evenings.
There is a multi-screen cinema just outside the town centre, with the Medina and Apollo Theatres both offering a range of shows at various times of the year, and there are also a number of late night venues located on the High Street.
A short distance outside of Newport you can find some of the most popular attractions on the Isle of Wight.
Carisbrooke Castle to the West of the town centre is the 12th century fort most famous for imprisoning Charles I after his defeat in the English Civil War.
Robin Hill Country Park is set within the heart of the Island's beautiful landscape on the outskirts of Newport. With a downhill toboggan ride, woodland gardens and amazing falconry displays, it makes a fantastic destination for the whole family.
Places To Eat in Newport
There are a lot of great options for eating out in Newport, with a range of world cuisines on offer both during the day and in the evenings at restaurants around the town.
During the day Newport buzzes with shoppers and there are a lot of places to grab a bite to eat and some refreshment, with cafes and sandwich bars located in and around the main squares.
There are also several chain restaurants and food outlets around the town.
Events in Newport
The Isle of Wight Festival is the key event in Newport’s events calendar, followed by the award-winning Bestival which takes place just outside of the town at Robin Hill.
In addition to two of the largest UK music festivals there is also a regular programme of events taking place at Newport’s theatres and the Quay Arts Centre.
The International Classic Car Show spends one of its 2 days on the Island at Newport Quay and there is are regular meets in Newport as part of the Isle of Wight Scooter Rallys.
Places To Stay in Newport
If you are looking for places to stay in Newport there are several hotels and guesthouses, with a number of self-catering options and other places to stay on the outskirts of the town.
With its central location Newport makes the ideal base for a holiday on the Isle of Wight as all sides of the Island are a short distance away with great transport links to and from Newport, making it easy to get around.
Newport Local Information
If you are looking for further information on Newport and the rest of the Isle of Wight make sure you drop in at the Newport Tourist Information Point at the County Press Shop.
Located at on Pyle Street, which is just along from St Thomas' Square where the main church can be found, they display a range of free leaflets and brochures for you to take away, plus their knowledgable staff will offer advice and help on the local area wherever possible.
Getting Around Newport
There are regular bus services running from Newport travelling in all directions across the Island, making it a great way to discover the Isle of Wight.