Newport Cathedral

Newport, United Kingdom

Newport Cathedral, also known as St Woolos Cathedral, is the seat of the Bishop of Monmouth. The name 'Woolos' is an English corruption of Gwynllyw, the 5th-century Welsh saint who first founded a religious establishment on the site.

An early wooden church is known to have stood on the site from sometime during the Welsh Age of the Saints. This was rebuilt in stone in the 9th century indicating the importance of the cult of Saint Gwynllyw and the wealth of the shrine, as stone buildings from this period are very rare. Sections of the present building date from Early Medieval times and part of this stone building is now incorporated into the present building as the Galilee chapel located at the western end of the cathedral. A pirate attack circa 1050 left the structure in ruins.

In about 1080 the Normans built a new nave to the east of the Saxon ruins, and a lean-to south aisle, building a new entrance archway through the Saxon wall. Circa 1200 the Saxon church was repaired so the Norman entrance became an internal archway.

It was badly damaged in 1402 when Newport was attacked by the forces of Owain Glyndŵr and underwent a major rebuilding including the addition of the tower.

It also seems to have been damaged in the English Civil War period when a statue above the main entrance representing a benefactor of the church seems to have lost its head. It is either Jasper Tudor, the Earl of Pembroke, or Humphrey Stafford, 1st Duke of Buckingham as both helped rebuild it after Glyndwr's attack.

The cathedral has been partially rebuilt or extended in every period up to the 1960s.



Your name


Founded: 9th century AD
Category: Religious sites in United Kingdom

More Information


4.7/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Konstantinos Anagnostou (13 months ago)
Wow 5th century cathedral one of the first apostles churches in the UK Wales. Beautifully placed on the top of the hill in Newport city. The new church integrated with the old church . The old arch and the superb preserved columns in a Corinthian style sounds throughout the centuries kirie eleison, Amen. In their touch one can feel the past, thousands of services and liturgies(ΘΕΊΑ ΕΥΧΑΡΙΣΤΙΑ), throughout the centuries brings the past in front of you in quietness. Really worth visiting when you stop at the Newport town. Past and present and still more into the future.
IQBaller 101 (2 years ago)
A great Cathedral. I was there for the Queen's Memorial Service and was pleasantly surprised. Aesthetically pleasing and volunteers/ Clergy are very nice.
Rebecca Edwards (2 years ago)
Beautiful cathedral with a stunning window behind the high altar. Steeped in wonderful history
Wendy Johnson (2 years ago)
Lovely peaceful and calming place to visit. The staff were so helpful and friendly - a very fitting place to leave flowers and sign the book of condolence for Her Majesty the Queen
Christopher Watkins (2 years ago)
Lovely peaceful place to visit. The volunteers were very welcoming and offered me tea and a biscuit as they were hosting an event. They also offered me a free guide book. Well preserved Cathedral and lovely volunteers. I hope to go back sometime.
Powered by Google

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

Historic Site of the week

Hohenwerfen Castle

Hohenwerfen Castle stands high above the Austrian town of Werfen in the Salzach valley. The castle is surrounded by the Berchtesgaden Alps and the adjacent Tennengebirge mountain range. The fortification is a 'sister' of Hohensalzburg Castle both dated from the 11th century.

The former fortification was built between 1075 and 1078 during the Imperial Investiture Controversy by the order of Archbishop Gebhard of Salzburg as a strategic bulwark. Gebhard, an ally of Pope Gregory VII and the anti-king Rudolf of Rheinfelden, had three major castles extended to secure the Salzburg archbishopric against the forces of King Henry IV: Hohenwerfen, Hohensalzburg and Petersberg Castle at Friesach in Carinthia.