About Newport

Newport, Heart of the IslandWelcome to our new website for Newport, the Isle of Wight’s county town, which geographically sits at the heart of the Island and is built around the River Medina, so is a perfect base to use for exploring. Newport is the proud home to the largest array of shops, pubs, restaurants and attractions on the Island and being at the centre of the Island, has the best and most regular transport links.

The thriving centre of Newport has many high street chains, supermarkets and a popular traditional Farmers' Market on Fridays. With a multi-screen cinema, two theatres, the Quay Arts Centre and many great pubs and restaurants, there are plenty of entertainment choice. 

St james Square Newport Isle of WightThe town is now a mix of bustling streets, narrow lanes and smart Georgian buildings and is a popular shopping centre and home to many top high street names, some excellent supermarkets together with some unique and charming boutiques. It also has more than its fair share of good cafés, pubs and restaurants as well as a multi-screen cinema complex, theatres, galleries, museums and late night bars. 

Isle of Wight County Town

 

There is a traditional Farmers' Market in St Thomas’ Square on Fridays which is one of the few in the country to still be held weekly. There is a range of produce available including fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables, local honey, home baked bread, award winning cheeses, quality meats, handmade cakes and many more Island offerings. 

The surrounding area boasts many attractions such as Arreton Barns, Carisbrooke Castle, Newport Roman Villa, Robin Hill Adventure Park and Gardens, the Owl and Monkey Haven, Butterfly World and the Military History Museum.

 

Getting to Newport

Getting to the Isle of Wight is easy and it’s amazing how the short sea crossing can transport you to another world. Once you have travelled to Portsmouth or Southampton in Hampshire, or Lymington in the New Forest, your holiday on the Isle of Wight has practically begun. Journey times by car from London have been dramatically reduced by the opening of the Hindhead tunnel on the A3. Regular express train and coach services operate from London Waterloo and London Victoria, as well as many other city centres across the UK. 

When crossing the Solent, there are three options to take. Red Funnel run vehicle and passenger services from Southampton, Wightlink run vehicle and passenger services from Portsmouth and Lymington and Hovertravel offers a passenger service from Southsea to the Isle of Wight. Once you’ve arrived in the Isle of Wight, Newport is just a short bus, taxi or car ride from all ferry ports. Southern Vectis runs a regular bus service across the whole Island with many passing through Newport.