The estate was built around the 17th-century parish church of St David in Bettws, which is the likely origin of the name ‘Bettws’, a place of prayer or private chapel. St David’s is a grade two listed building and is currently in need of a £40,000 renovation. John Frost, who led Chartist protests in Newport for universal suffrage in the 1830s (the Newport Rising), is alleged to have married Mary Geach at the church.
The ward is bounded by Malpas to the east, the city boundary with Torfaen to the north, Rogerstone to the west, and the M4 motorway and Allt-yr-yn to the south.
In recent years it has benefited greatly from the introduction of sporting facilities such as new football pitches. Bettws RFC is a rugby union team playing in the WRU Division Five East. Malpas Civil Service F.C. is a football team located in Bettws playing in the Gwent County Football League, Division 1. Malpas Cricket Club is also situated on Bettws Lane in Bettws.
- Closest village/town: Newport City Centre
- Post Office: 1
- Stores: Tesco extra and Spar
- Supermarket: Sainsburys
- Pubs: Harvester
- Walks: Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal Network
- Local School: Newport High