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About Newport Wetlands

New visitor centre, Newport Wetlands

Image: Karen Harvey

This nature reserve offers a haven for wildlife on the edge of the city, but is a great place for people too with a new RSPB visitor centre, a café, shop and children's play area.

Cetti's warblers and bearded tits can be seen and heard in the reedbeds, and ducks, geese and swans visit the reserve in large numbers during the winter. You'll enjoy spectacular views of the Severn estuary all year round.

Newport Wetlands is a partnership between Natural Resources Wales, Newport City Council and the RSPB.

Opening times

Visitor centre is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm (closed Christmas Day). The cafe is open from 10 am to 4 pm. Opening times vary in the Christmas holidays, please contact the centre for information. The carpark is locked from 5.30 pm to 8.30 am.

Entrance charges


If you are new to birdwatching...

Autumn/winter is the best time of year for birdwatching at Newport Wetlands when migratory wildfowl and wading birds begin to arrive ready for their winter stay.

Information for families

Newport Wetlands visitor centre is ideal for children and families. Guided walks and children's activities are available on the reserve, drinks and a bite to eat can be enjoyed in the coffee shop afterwards, followed by a browse in the retail area. Children will find the outdoor children's activity area with its 4 m high simulation of the East Usk Lighthouse very entertaining. We can offer a variety of fun environmental activity and exploration days for a wide range of local interest groups.

Information for dog owners

Some access for dogs - marked footpaths on perimeter of reserve. For more information, please contact the NRW enquiry line.

Contact us

Where is it?

  • Lat/lng: 51.546002,-2.961100
  • Postcode: NP18 2BZ
  • Grid reference: ST334834
  • Nearest town: Newport
  • County: Newport
  • Country: Wales

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