Newport is located in the centre of the Island alongside the River Medina and is the Isle of Wight's capital town. The town dates back roughly 800 years and received its first charter towards the end of the 12th Century. In 1377 it was burnt to the ground and never regained its status as a major town until the 17th Century . One of the oldest surviving buildings is the old Grammar School built in 1612.
Newport is made up of a series of narrow streets, formal squares and a riverside quay. The parish church is situated on St Thomas Square and was built in 1857. St Thomas Square was once a busy corn market but now is home to a selection of small shops, tea rooms and cafes.
Carisbrook Castle can be found to the Southwest of Newport and is famed for the imprisonment of King Charles I in 1648 prior to his execution in 1649. The castle was also the home of the Governor of the Island until 1944 and is now owned by English Heritage.
Further information on attractions to discover in the area and other interesting villages to visit is available. For information on public services for Isle of Wight please take a look at the Isle of Wight local pages.