Friars Walk, Newport

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Friars Walk
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John Frost Square, Friars Walk
Location Newport, South Wales
Coordinates 51°35′09″N2°59′33″W / 51.5859°N 2.9926°W / 51.5859; -2.9926 Coordinates: 51°35′09″N2°59′33″W / 51.5859°N 2.9926°W / 51.5859; -2.9926
Opening date12 November 2015
DeveloperQueensberry Real Estate
OwnerTalisker Corporation
Total retail floor area 390,000 sq ft (36,000 m2)
No. of floors3

Friars Walk is a partially under-cover shopping centre and leisure complex in Newport city centre, South Wales. It has several levels and includes a range of high street shops, eateries, a cinema, a bowling alley and a soft play area. The complex is linked by the redeveloped John Frost Square to the Kingsway Shopping Centre, Newport Museum, Art Gallery and Central Library and Newport bus station. The complex is a short walk from the high street shops of Commercial Street and High Street. Newport railway station is also a short walk away.

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Newport city centre human settlement in United Kingdom

Newport city centre is traditionally regarded as the area of Newport, Wales bounded by the west bank of the River Usk, the George Street Bridge, the eastern flank of Stow Hill and the South Wales Main Line. Most of the city centre is contained within two conservation areas: the central area and the area around Lower Dock Street. Most of the city centre is located in the Stow Hill district.

South Wales Region of Wales

South Wales is a loosely defined region of Wales bordered by England and the Bristol Channel to the east and south. It has a population of around 2.2 million, almost three-quarters of the whole of Wales, including 400,000 in Cardiff, 250,000 in Swansea and 150,000 in Newport. Generally considered to include the historic counties of Glamorgan and Monmouthshire, South Wales extends westwards to include Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire. In the western extent, from Swansea westwards, local people would probably recognise that they lived in both south Wales and west Wales. The Brecon Beacons National Park covers about a third of South Wales, containing Pen y Fan, the highest British mountain south of Cadair Idris in Snowdonia.


The Friars Walk car park holds 350 cars and over 1000 spaces are available in the adjacent Kingsway multi-storey car park, both accessed from the A4042 Kingsway. There are cycle racks located in Usk Plaza.


The original plans by Modus Corovest were scrapped in 2009 because of the 2008 financial crisis [1] but revived in a £100 million scheme by Queensberry Real Estate in 2012. Plans included a six-screen cinema, ten pin bowling alley, eight restaurants and a 350 space carpark. [2] A new bus station was also included, with finance coming from a £90 million loan from Newport City Council. [3]

Newport City Council local government in Newport, Wales

Newport City Council is the governing body for Newport, one of the Principal Areas of Wales. It consists of 50 councillors, who represent the city's 20 wards.

The new design was by Leslie Jones Architecture. [4] Construction began in April 2014. The scheme opened on 12 November 2015, raising Newport from 200th to 77th in the UK's retail rankings and heralded as a "lifeline for Newport". [4] The total cost came to £117 million. [4]

In June 2017, the site's developer Queensberry Real Estate sold the centre to Talisker Corporation, [5] the Canadian owner of Main Square in Toronto, and Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah.

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Chartist Steps

The steps connecting Usk Plaza to John Frost Square are inscribed with the six points of the People's Charter to commemorate the Chartist movement and the Newport Rising of 1839 led by John Frost.

Chartism British democratic movement (1838-1857)

Chartism was a working-class movement for political reform in Britain that existed from 1838 to 1857. It took its name from the People's Charter of 1838 and was a national protest movement, with particular strongholds of support in Northern England, the East Midlands, the Staffordshire Potteries, the Black Country, and the South Wales Valleys. Support for the movement was at its highest in 1839, 1842, and 1848, when petitions signed by millions of working people were presented to the House of Commons. The strategy employed was to use the scale of support which these petitions and the accompanying mass meetings demonstrated to put pressure on politicians to concede manhood suffrage. Chartism thus relied on constitutional methods to secure its aims, though there were some who became involved in insurrectionary activities, notably in South Wales and in Yorkshire.

Newport Rising

The Newport Rising was the last large-scale armed rebellion against authority in Great Britain, when, on 4 November 1839, nearly 10,000 Chartist sympathisers, led by John Frost, marched on the town of Newport, Monmouthshire. The men, including many coal-miners, most with home-made arms, were intent on liberating fellow Chartists who were reported to have been taken prisoner in the town's Westgate Hotel. About 22 demonstrators were killed when troops opened fire on them. The leaders of the rebellion were convicted of treason and were sentenced to be hanged, drawn and quartered. The sentence was later commuted to transportation.

John Frost (Chartist) Welsh Chartist

John Frost was a prominent leader of the British Chartist movement in the Newport Rising.


Debenhams, opened by designer Julien MacDonald, [4] is the only anchor store. There are also several restaurants, a Cineworld cinema, [4] and a Super Bowl UK ten-pin bowling lane. [6]

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