Accessibility at Newport Wetlands

Summary accessibility statement

Before you visit

Check events and activities for accessibility.

How to get here

By train

The nearest railway station is Newport (approx. 5 miles from reserve).

By bus

Number 63 bus from Newport city centre goes to the visitor centre, is a demand responsive service. For booking details contact Newport Bus on 01633 211202.

By bike

Sustrans National Cycle Network route 4 has a branch to Newport Wetlands using existing roads. The car park has a covered cycle stand. Cycling on the reserve is restricted to a designated route.

By road

Join the A48 at either junction 24 or 28 of the M4. Follow the A48 until you come to the Spytty Retail Park roundabout. Exit onto the A4810 Queensway Meadows. At the first roundabout take the third exit onto Meadows Road and follow the brown tourist signs to the reserve.

Sat nav POI file: If you have a satellite navigation system that can accept POI files, please see our POI page for a download link and instructions.

Access to facilities

Visitor centre
  • Entrance by wooden walkway with a maximum gradient of 1:40.
  • Manually operated doors.
  • Non-slip tiled surface.
  • Low section on service counter.
  • Hearing loop system is installed at the service counter and in the education rooms.
  • Good natural and artificial lighting.
  • Staff can give assistance and read out any literature if required.
Car parking
130 spaces
10 Blue Badge spaces
  • 180 m/197 yards from the visitor centre.
  • Tarmac surface, path to visitor centre compacted with limestone chippings and dust.
Toilet and baby changing
  • Available on ground floor of Visitor Centre.
  • Level, step-free access.
Nature trails access
  • All level on compacted gravel and dust, with one incline using a zig-zag.
  • Floating walkways have been used by wheelchairs, scooters and pushchairs but caution should be taken due to buoyancy.
Viewing points
  • A wheelchair-accessible hide and viewing screens overlook the reedbeds and main lagoons. 
Café
  • Step-free level access.
  • Outside deck viewing area.
  • Tables are well spaced apart.
  • Good natural and overhead lighting.
  • Non slip tiles.
  • Accessible WC in the visitor centre.
Picnic area

Four picnic tables with wheelchair access outside visitor centre.

Dogs
  • There is one permissive dog walking route on the perimeter of the reserve marked by pawprint signs. You can get a map from the visitor centre, where there are tethering rings and a drinking bowl at the entrance.
  • Registered assistance dogs are welcome (please do not be offended if we ask for evidence of registration).
Educational facilities
  • Step-free, level access throughout. Non-slip flooring.
  • Artificial even lighting.
  • Portable hearing loop system available.
  • Two raised ponds nearby.

Additional accessibility information

The shop has level entry, step-free, with no doors. Non-slip tiled surface. Ample room. Well-lit with daylight and fluorescent lighting. Staff can provide assistance.

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Newport Wetlands access statement