Bettws Area Guide

Bettws Area Guide

Posted on Thursday, June 3, 2021

Bettws Area Guide

Located to the north east of Newport city centre lies Bettws, one of Newport’s most popular neighbourhoods. With affordable housing, great amenities and countryside views all round, the area is growing from strength to strength. If you are thinking of moving to Bettws, check out our area guide below to find out what you need to know.


Bettws Area Guide

  1. Bettws History
  2. Bettws Properties
  3. Bettws Education
  4. Bettws Things to do
  5. Bettws Transport
  6. Bettws Employment
  7. Moving to Bettws


Bettws History

Like many other neighbourhoods in Newport, Bettws was built predominantly in the 1960s. However, the area has a far older history. At the centre of Bettws lies the 17th century parish church of St David in Bettws, after which the area is thought to have got its name. The main housing estate which characterises the area was built in 1961 and was celebrated for its salubrious situation, with “pleasant rural vistas upon which to gaze”. Many of the original well-proportioned concrete houses survive, complimented by more recent new build additions.


Bettws Properties

Bettws is a modern housing estate built in the 1960s. Therefore, the majority of properties are contemporary to this time. From the start, the neighbourhood was intended to have a range of properties to house a diverse community with different property needs. The original properties tend to be the most affordable, with a variety of flats, terraced and semi-detached houses. These are all generously proportioned with both front and back gardens. The best valued homes are considered to be ex-local authority properties, many coming in at under £100,000.

As the Bettws area has continued to grow in popularity, some new build estates have sprung up in recent years. One of the most desirable is Heol Senni, located next to Newport High School. This exclusive development is characterised by spacious detached family homes with plenty of curb appeal.


Bettws Education

One ‘primary’ reason why Bettws continues to be popular with families today is the good range of local schooling. The area is home to a good number of local primary schools, with many regarded amongst Newport’s highest achieving. Monnow Primary is one such school, having been graded ‘green’ in its latest inspection (the highest colour award under the Welsh education system). At the secondary level, the area is served by Newport High School. Other schools at the secondary level can be found in nearby neighbourhoods. For example, Rougemont School is amongst the highest performing schools in Wales.


Bettws Things to do

Bettws is traditionally a residential district. However, the area benefits from a great range of local amenities and leisure facilities. The biggest asset to the area is of course the countryside, with Bettws being surrounded by luscious rolling hills, with plenty of walking and cycling paths to enjoy along with local parks. The area also benefits from its own leisure centre with a swimming pool and children’s activities.

For the adults, there is a decent range of local watering holes, with a local Bettws social club and shopping centre offering household amenities. For larger attractions, Newport city centre is just 2½ miles away offering plenty of culture, sport, shopping and entertainment facilities. 


Bettws Transport

Transport is often a deciding factor in making an area desirable. Fortunately, Bettws benefits from strong transport facilities, for both private and public transport. The neighbourhood – like many localities in Newport – is served by a regular and reliable bus service, connecting it to nearby towns and Newport city centre. Cycle and pedestrian walkways add to this public transport offering.

By road, Bettws is just a stone’s throw from both the M4 and A4042, meaning Newport city centre is under ten minutes’ drive away. Bristol and Cardiff are both under 30 minutes away, while the Brecon Beacons and town of Abergavenny are approximately 20 miles north.


Bettws Employment

Another deciding factor in making an area desirable is of course employment. What makes Bettws a great location to live is the high number of employers here. Newport is home to some of the UK’s most successful companies. For example, Halo Foods, Wilkinson and Next Generation Data are all present in the area. Admiral PLC is another example of a local employer and just 2.5 miles from Bettws. As Bettws is conveniently located to the M4, it benefits from access to other job markets including Bristol and Cardiff.


Moving to Bettws

Bettws is a great place to live, offering spacious family homes, green spaces and a good range of local amenities. If you are interested in moving to Bettws or have a property to either sell or let in the area, get in touch with Freelancer Lets. We are an independent Newport estate agency with an excellent track record.

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