The Beechwood conservation area was designated on 15 March 1995 and comprises mainly public parkland owned by Newport City Council located approximately 2.5 kilometres to the east of Newport City Centre.
Download a plan of the Beechwood conservation area (pdf)
Beechwood House is listed grade ll for its special architectural and historic interest and the park itself is also listed grade ll on the Cadw / ICOMOS Register of Landscapes, Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest
Beechwood House is at centre of the park, an industrialist’s mid-Victorian mansion which has been extensively restored by the council. The house is situated near the top of the steeply sloping park with excellent views over Newport, the docks area and the Bristol Channel.
In style, the park is similar to Belle Vue Park on west side of the city and which was designed by Thomas Mawson.
It is possible that Mawson might have played some part in the design of Beechwood Park particularly as he was doing work for a series of tobacco manufacturers at the time.
Most of the park is laid out informally with open rolling grass and isolated ornamental trees. There are numerous features to provide additional interest including terraces, drives, ornamental water features including a notable ravine with rocks, pools and cascades.
The park is bounded by the original iron railings and has gates to all the driveways.
Today the park is surrounded by housing – Christchurch Road to the north, Beechwood Road to the east, Clevedon Road, Tennyson Road and Swinburne Close to the west and the busy Chepstow Road (A48) to the south.
However from within the park the presence of the urban surroundings is barely noticeable and the panoramic views allow the visitor to forget the busy city environment nearby.
Contact Newport City Council and ask for the conservation officer.