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About Newport

Newport, on the Pembrokeshire Coast, might be the wild card in some of our Gurus’ beach holiday destination recommendations, but this dark horse has plenty of surprises in store. It feels wonderfully tucked away with a spectacular backdrop, its beaches are long, smooth and inviting, and it’s got a thriving foodie scene. Despite its small size it has quite a few offerings accommodation-wise, and our list of the best places to stay in Newport includes a very friendly restaurant-with-rooms, and a totally charming guesthouse.

Newport’s port expanded from its Norman roots during the 12th century flourishing of the wool trade. It was also known for its pottery, and the town’s memorial hall has a wonderfully complete excavated medieval pottery kiln on display to prove it. It’s not a large town, but in the space between the sea and the village’s castle on Carningli Mountain, which overlooks the town, there’s plenty to entertain.

There are lots of places to eat in town, including great cafes, friendly pubs, and excellent restaurants — one of which appears as a restaurant-with-rooms on our list of the best places to stay in Newport. Newport is a great base for keen walkers too, it's super convenient for the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, which loops around the cliffs to the north. There are lots of shorter trails around town too, through woodlands, across the sand dunes, and around the area’s old lime kilns. Just along the coastline — a longer walk, or a short drive away — is Newport Sands, a beautiful mile of pale sand, much loved by beach enthusiasts, but also by kayakers and canoeists. 

The Best Places to Stay in Newport

For Foodies

  • Llys Meddyg 'Doctor's Court' is an artistic, family-run restaurant with rooms. Converted from a welcoming, large stone cottage, the restaurant takes up the ground floor and there are nine rooms above. Locally produced art features in all the rooms, and in the restaurant, which is known for championing local produce. In the summer the restaurant spills out into a lovely garden. The restaurant runs hunting, gathering and foraging courses, as well as cooking classes. Walkers, as well as foodies, love this hotel, and it’s great for families too.

For Great Value

  • Pretty Cnapan Guesthouse is a converted home, with five cheerfully decorated bedrooms — including some twin rooms and family suites. Investment has been made where it matters: in comfortable beds, fine linens and pretty fabrics. The views are another feature, though not all of the rooms have equally charming views. They do all have an access to a beautifully cared for garden, and the cosy, fire-lit lounge.

Prefer a Private Apartment or Cottage?

  • If you’d prefer to stay in an apartment or private villa we recommend you visit our online partner, Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Cardiff Airport and Bristol Airport are the closest airports for Newport: Cardiff is around two hours away by car or taxi, or four hours by train; and Bristol Airport is just shy of three hours away by car, and about six hours away by rail.
  • If you would like the freedom of your own car we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.
  • Newport is a beach town, but it’s not a hot beach town. Even in the summer months the temperature hovers around 20°C. The coastal position keeps things mild, but the pay off is the humidity, and the regular rain and showers. The summer is drier, but there’s still enough rain to keep the landscape looking lush and Pembrokeshire green.

Still not sure where to stay?

Best Hotels in Newport

  • Cnapan Guesthouse Newport 5 rooms from £90

    Active Holiday  -  There are a number of outdoor pursuits on offer locally
    Local exploring
    Great walks  -  Wander along the sandy beach at sunset and take in the gorgeous views
    Fishing  -  Find a quiet spot along the coast and enjoy an afternoon out fishing
    RestaurantGardenParkingNo pets
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays

    A charming guesthouse located in the pretty coastal village of Newport Pembrokeshire. Five simply styled rooms feature sink-into beds, crisp white linen and lovely rural views. Featuring a cosy fire-lit lounge and a beautifully manicured garden. A quintessentially British stay. See More

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  • Llys Meddyg 'Doctor's Court' Newport 9 rooms from £160

    Foodies  -  The hotel offers a whole range of foraging and hunting courses, teaching you to find your own food and cook it.
    Local markets  -  See work in progress and browse the beautiful merchandise at the Melin Trewynt (Woollen Mill) and Blueberry Angoras.
    Cooking classes  -  Forage and feast courses, looking for and cooking the wild food of the Pembrokeshire countryside and seashore.
    Great walks  -  There are numerous walks along the Pembrokeshire Coastal path, just ask your hosts to advise you.
    RestaurantGardenPet friendlyViewsParking
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays

    Artistic, family-run restaurant with rooms situated on the Nevern estuary in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. With miles of coastline to explore you'll be glad of the comfy beds and locally sourced, beautifully cooked cuisine. Simple and effective. See More

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