Nestled on the River Usk between the Welsh capital and the English border, you'll find the university and cathedral city of Newport. It's a large city, and because of its proximity to Cardiff, expats living in Newport can enjoy the buzz of the combined cities' large urban area with over a million people as well as Newport's calm, friendly town center. This is a port city full of history, with a story – ironically, given its name – going back thousands of years. Thus, any expatriate in Newport who is fond of history will have their work cut out for them. Exploring the city's long past starts with the ancient artefacts in Newport Museum, moves to the old Roman fort just outside the city, in Caerleon, and on to the 'new' castle ruin and Tredegar House, a 17th-century mansion. Expats living in Newport will find just as much for sport enthusiasts as for fans of history; its nickname, "The City of the Ironsides", for example, refers to a local rugby team.
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The Welsh welcome is famous and expats moving to Newport can expect a hearty reception on arrival. Local cafés and pubs are great for settling in and getting a feel of the city. One tip for expats in Newport with an interest in sport, though – don't cheer for England. It's something of a Welsh tradition. For expatriates moving to Newport via England, the city's situated just off the M4 motorway and is also well served by trains. Cardiff Airport is the nearest airport for expats flying to Newport. You can find out more about getting to the city on Newport's own website, and for general information on expatriation, InterNations members can browse our Expat Magazine for advice, tips and topics like expat finance, family and relationships and more.
You won't find it difficult to settle into this vibrant city, although the British weather might take some adjustment (pack an extra-strong umbrella and don't worry too much about the sun cream). The center itself is a great place for expatriates working in Newport to wander around, with the central Westgate Square a hub of shopping and activity, and plenty of museums, libraries and historical monuments to enjoy. There is a lively international network in the city – and of course down the road in Cardiff – and you can contact other expats working in Newport through the InterNations website. Members around the world use our forums, private communications as well as discussion groups to chat with one another, organize meet-ups, socialize and find other global minds and local international community events. As you'll find, it isn't difficult to get to know what's going on in the city. Even when there's not a lot on, there's always a new pub to relax in over a pint of traditional Welsh ale.