Newport is a bustling city, full of people and cultures from all over the world. It’s one of the oldest inhabited sites in Wales, with Caerleon having been home to Iron Age tribes, as well as being one of the centres of Wales’ industrial past.
On top of that, it’s also got its fair share of lush, green spots.
With that in mind, it’s no secret that Newport has a lot going for it in terms of things to do and places to see. From nature reserves to National Trust properties, it’s got you covered.
And the people of TripAdvisor, on the whole, seem to agree. Impressed by some of Newport’s best-loved spots, they’ve taken to the internet to share their positive experiences.
But there’s always an odd-one-out, isn’t there? From historic ruins ‘relying too much on their history’, to the coffee at a seventeenth century mansion being ‘too warm’, Newport’s attractions have been the subject of some hilariously disappointing reviews.
We’ve trawled through them so you don’t have to.
“Historic – but that’s it.”
Arguably Newport’s most iconic landmark, and a crowning achievement of the industrial revolution, the Transporter Bridge is one of only two such engineering feats in the UK – and one of fewer than ten worldwide.
It didn’t impress TripAdvisor user TPSBOB, however, whose review was titled: “Historic – but that’s it.”
They added: “All you do is pay your money, get taken from one side of the river bank to the other and back again. Nothing to see apart from mud flats and the back end of the city.”
Hey, you can’t just diss the Transporter Bridge like that.
“Luke-warm black coffee”
Home to the influential Morgan family for centuries, Tredegar House is a Grade-I listed property, described as being one of Britain’s most outstanding examples of a Restoration-era house.
That’s all well and good, but have you tried their coffee recently?
Going by user khla’s one-star review, simply titled “Coffee”, they clearly have.
It read: “Asked for an iced black coffee. What I got was a luke warm black coffee with an ice cube. Extremely disappointing.”
It’s OK, fear not, there’s a Costa machine around the corner at Tesco.
“Just planks of wood.”
Cast your mind back to 2002. Do you remember the sense of awe and excitement when construction workers stumbled across the remnants of a medieval ship, beautifully preserved in the Usk?
Well, I don’t think this reviewer does.
User skittler2014, actually from Newport, titled their review: “Just planks of wood.”
They wrote: “Went along to see the Newport ship,but all I saw was a few planks.
“How much this costs Newport citzens I do not know but I am sure the cost of taking care of old planks of wood could be better spent elswhere.”
I’m not so sure the people at the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Welsh Government, or plenty of university academics agree with you, skittler2014.
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National Roman Legion Museum
“Not a lot of interest, just living on its history”
Another of Newport’s most iconic spots, arguably everybody who grew up in Wales can remember a school trip here.
Which is understandable, when you consider that the museum is built around the remains of the only Roman Legionary barracks on view anywhere in Europe.
But Philip M, from Bristol, disagreed.
“Boring,” he wrote.
“Not a lot of interest, just living on its history.”
Well it is 2,000 years old, Philip.
“It passes half an hour”
Staying in Caerleon, there’s still a rich Roman heritage to explore.
Especially Caerleon’s amphitheatre – amazingly well preserved (the most complete amphitheatre left in the UK) and the alleged inspiration for King Arthur’s legendary round table.
“It passes half an hour,” wrote KJ, also from Newport.
“The amphitheatre is an okay way to spend half an hour if you’re in the area but it’s not that special that you’d want to make a special journey for it.”
Maybe someone should have told the Romans that.
“No birds to see except seagulls”
Onto some nature now, with Newport’s RSPB Wetlands. Surely people can’t get mad about nature, right?
“No birds to see except seagulls,” writes TPSBOB, offering up some more wisdom.
“The only birds we have ever seen there are seagulls, and the odd coot… There’s a ‘hide’ for those wanting to waste their life looking for birds that never appear.”
The Celtic Manor
“Nothing in comparison to a Premier Inn breakfast”
One of Wales’ finest hotels, past winner of the UK’s top hotel prize, and home to the 2010 Ryder Cup – the Celtic Manor is the embodiment of glamour.
But not for user Carolian1, whose review is titled: “Far below par.”
They wrote: “A soulless experience in a distinctly average establishment. Breakfast was tepid, nothing in comparison to a Premier Inn breakfast which is shameful considering the prices asked for.”
Luckily for this reviewer, there’s a Premier Inn just across the road.
Newport Museum and Art Gallery
“It’s the same exact things”
Home to Newport’s historic and cultural treasures, the museum and art gallery is an iconic institution.
But user Shauna G was not impressed.
Her review is simply titled: “Very disappointed.”
It said: “Went with my family because we really enjoy history. Walked around and it’s the same exact things just in different order. If you’re looking for a great day out I recommend Cardiff museum.”
You can’t just be telling people to go to Cardiff, Shauna. That’s the final straw.
Have you spotted any hilarious, disappointing or bizarre TripAdvisor reviews? Let us know in the comments.