Situated just over 10 miles to the north-east of Cardiff, Newport is Wales' third largest city and a hub for business, tourism and civic art. Designated as a city in 2002, it has actually been a significant port since Norman times and later thrived as a coal exporter. More recently it has excelled in engineering and manufacturing. Car hire in Newport is an ideal way to see the city and its surrounding area - the perfect base for a coastal drive whether you're heading to Cardiff or Snowdonia.
With a wide range of travellers passing through our locations every day, we've got a wide range of vehicles on offer to suit your needs - from smart executive saloons to compact family hatchbacks. ***
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Still a town until just after the millennium, Newport has retained much of its charm despite its strong industrial heritage. It's also part of a ruggedly beautiful coast that rewards exploration.
Newport Castle might be a ruin, but what remains of it reeks of history. Originally built in the 14th century (the earlier, 11th century Norman castle is completely lost) to guard the River Usk crossing, it later saw battle in the early 15th century and was seized by Oliver Cromwell in the Civil War. When it was painted by Turner in the 1790's it was already in disrepair.
Much better preserved is Tredegar House, a 17th century mansion maintained by The National Trust. This isn't a dry country house, but one imbued with eccentricity and ostentation. From the gaudy Gilt Room to the Great Kitchen where you can explore the food of the day, it's ideal for a family day out. The walled garden outside is perfect in spring, summer and autumn, while 90 acres of parkland and a lake full of wildfowl are free for you to roam. Along with the ruins of Roman baths and a Norman cathedral, Newport has lots to offer the history buff.
Lord Tredegar opened the Newport Transporter Bridge in 1906, and today it remains in operation, one of less than ten worldwide that still work. Closed, refurbished and repaired numerous times, it's a modern landmark and very much the symbol of Newport. Travelling back even further, the Newport Ship was only discovered during excavation work for a new riverfront theatre in 2002. The ship dates back to the 15th century and much of the lower hull remains intact, while coins and other finds onboard have helped the trust set up to look after it. The existence of such an old trade ship further paints a picture of Newport as a centre of trade in medieval times.
On a clear day make a detour to the Newport Wetlands National Nature Reserve. Whether you're a bird watcher or just fancy an amble, it's a glorious piece of greenery on the city's edge. In winter, graceful swans and geese glide across the water, while twitchers can visit the RSPB centre on site. Keep your eyes peeled for the local shrill carder bee or harmless grass snakes.
Car hire in Newport is a great way to see all that this historically rich area has to show you, and a great springboard for the coast beyond.
Please note that from 15 Nov to 15 Apr many cities are required by law to restrict the circulation to only vehicles equipped with snow chains or winter tyres. For a summary of the orders, please visit www.poliziadistato.it. To comply with the regulations, in specific locations subject to this requirement, vehicles are equipped with snow chains - the price is included in the rental charges through the cost of "Winterization Fee". At pick-up if you decide to bring your own snow chains or do not intend on driving on the roads subject to this requirement, you may decline the equipment by signing the appropriate release form. This change will be reflected in the rental charges. For more information on the fees, please click here. In all other regions, we recommend that you check before renting if your journey includes one of the roads subject to this requirement and therefore request the snow chains, if necessary.