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AboutAt Newport, the River Usk has the highest tidal range of any city in the world, and, in 1906, a crossing was needed which wouldn't hamper the huge amount of shipping using the river. The French designer, Ferdinand Arnodin, came up with the solution of the Transporter Bridge.
Not available previously is the regular opening of the motor house, and the high level walkway, so if you've never tried it, and you're feeling energetic, why not have a go at climbing to the top? The views are spectacular and you'll be following in the footsteps of the many workers of over one hundred years ago who climbed the stairs and walked across the gantry twice every day just to save the halfpenny fares for the gondola ride.
Please bear in mind that on very wet or windy days it is not safe to use the high level walkway.
If you'd like to bring a group along for a visit, The Friends of Newport Transporter Bridge can arrange for a guide to show you around. Bring your friends, colleagues or sports club for a day out with a difference!
The bridge crossing forms part of the Wales Coastal Path and is an ideal stopping off point for walkers and cyclists using the route.
On your way home, call in at the Visitor Centre to pick up a memento of your visit, and chat to one of the friendly volunteers.
The Bridge itself featured in the British film 'Tiger Bay', Michael Portillo's 'Great Railway Journeys' and 'Welsh Towns' which also featured The Waterloo Hotel. Local café Fanny's Rest Stop has been used for location filming for 'Being Human'.
Bridge crossings will take place Wednesday to Sunday, 10am-5pm. The top walkway will also be open.
Newport Transporter Bridge was 100 years old on September 12th 2006 and a special exhibition was held at Newport Museum & Art Gallery to mark the occasion.
Adult day visitor - £2.75
Child day visitor (aged 16 years and under) - £1.75
Gives access to the high level walk way, the motor house platform and unlimited crossings on the day of purchase.
Adult - £1.00
Child - .50p
Adult - £1.50
Child - £1.00
Children aged 2 years and under travel free.
- Children welcome
- Facilities for educational visits
- Facilities for groups
- Free Parking
- Parking with charge
- Public toilets
- Accepts groups
- Coach parties accepted
Map & Directions
From either Junction 24 or Junction 28 of the M4 take the A48. This is the new dual carriageway Southern Distributor Road which runs right past the Bridge.
Transporter Bridge location: west side, Usk Way (including visitor centre) - NP20 2JG, east side, Stephenson Street, NP19 0RB
By Car: Parking is normally easy in Stephenson Street on the East side of the river or there is a car park just off the A48 (follow the yellow signs).
Disabled parking is available adjacent to the Bridge and Visitor Centre, which has a disabled-friendly toilet. Parking is free at all these locations.
By Bus: The nearest bus service is Newport Transport No 5A / 5C from the City Centre or no 40 from bus station
Accessible by Public Transport: Newport station is 0 miles away.