Newport (Welsh name is Trefdraeth - ‘town by the beach’ ) overlooks the estuary of the River Nevern where it flows into Cardigan Bay. Newport Sands (or Traeth Mawr – Big Beach) is almost a mile of flat sand stretching across the bay, providing a safe and popular place to swim whilst the Parrog, nearest to the town, is home to Newport yacht club. Surfing, sailing, canoeing and kayaking are all available.
Within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, the town is an ideal base for walking or riding in the nearby Preseli Hills or along the magnificent Pembrokeshire Coast Path. There is a wheelchair accessible path from the Parrog car park which runs along the coast for 0.7km. Seals and dolphins can be seen in Newport bay whilst kites and buzzards soar overhead.
Mountains and Monuments
Mynydd Carningli (The Mount of Angels) sits high above the town and from the top there are magnificent views across the Pembrokeshire countryside and coast. The mountain is scattered with ancient remains and monuments and there are many stories and legends associated with the area. It is said that if you spend a night on Carningli Mountain you either become a poet or go mad!
A short distance from Newport, Pentre Ifan Neolithic burial chamber is on a hilltop site with stunning views over Fishguard Bay and the Preseli Mountains. Dating from around 4000 BC it consists of a tilted capstone, weighing 16 tons, perched on three uprights which together are the remains of a dolmen type chambered tomb.
Back in Newport, Carreg Coetan Arthur is a Neolithic dolmen dating from around 3000 BC. Lying in a field about a mile and a half west along the A487 towards Fishguard, Cerrig Y Gof Bronze Age burial tomb can be viewed from the gate and consists of five small, oval burial chambers made from stone - it is one of north Pembrokeshire's lesser known ancient monuments.
Above the town are the remains of the 14th century Newport Castle which changed ownership several times and suffered many attacks before a house was built on the site of its gate house in 1859. From the surrounding area you can see this imposing conversion along with three other towers and parts of a curtain wall. The house and site is in private ownership so there is no access for the public unfortunately.
There are numerous craft and art galleries, local artists’ studios and Ty Twt Dolls House and Toy Museum houses a unique private collection.
The Memorial Hall is a focus for events, an annual Green Fair and other community activities.
Sometimes referred to as a village, the settlement has a wide range of well-established pubs, restaurants and cafés to suit most tastes.
Newport Links Golf Club and resort has spectacular views across Traeth Mawr and the Pembrokeshire coast and is only a 2 minute drive from the town.