Newport is a relatively busy city, just east of Cardiff, tucked in the southeast region of the country. It's one of the larger cities in Wales, and sits on the River Usk. Though it is in close proximity to England, Newport is easily reached by car from most parts of the UK and from Cardiff, though parking can sometimes be a bit of a hassle (and you will have to pay for it). Coming in by rail or by bus is easy, and Megabus runs a very cheap (daily) express bus to and from London. You can either take a bus or a train to Cardiff from Newport, if you want to head further into Wales. The closest airport is in Cardiff.
There a lots of shops in the city, so finding cheap groceries to make a meal at your Newport hostel is not a problem. The indoor market is worth paying a visit, especially if you enjoy local wares. There is a nightlife scene in Newport -- Le Pub is a popular music venue, and generally a hit for the late teen/early twenties crowds. The Horn Blower is also a decent pub. You can often find cheap food from street vendors in Newport as well, so try a kebab while you are out! There are also plenty of ATMs and banks around. Newport can also get rough in some areas (like all cities), so stick to the less-shady-looking areas at night. It is a fun stop for a day or so, perhaps, but it's best to move further west to see the beautiful landscapes there.
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