Car-free MonmouthMonmouthshire

Award-winning vineyards, traditional bakeries, canoeing on the River Wye and wandering into the hills: there’s plenty to enjoy car-free around Monmouth. Birthplace of Henry V, the little market town on two rivers has a host of historical sites including a ruined castle and a unique, thirteenth-century bridge over the river Monnow. Buses to Monmouth from Newport bus station leave every two hours, Monday to Saturday, passing through a string of pretty towns and villages on the way.

  • County: Monmouthshire
  • Great for: good cafés and pubs | history | local food | vineyard | walking |
  • Refreshments: lots of choice in town including ice cream shop and friendly cafes; lunches at vineyard.
  • Please note: researched/updated October 2017. If anything’s changed or you have tips to share, do get in touch: features@goodjourney.org.uk
  1. 3. Bus from Newport

    Every couple of hours, the number 60 bus winds its way from Newport bus station through the Monmouthshire hills past castles, churches and fabulous rolling countryside to reach the little market town.

    • The trip currently costs £5.45 each way and you need exact change.
    • Crossing a stone bridge across the River Usk, the bus enters Caerleon, passing the ancient priory and the Roman legion museum; flower-decked Usk, with its whitewashed square comes soon after.
    • Approaching Monmouth, look out for the remains of Raglan Castle, the site of another at Dingestow, a grassy mound beyond the winding River Trothy and the hilltop church at Wonastow, all on the left hand side of the bus, followed by the riverside church at Mitchel Troy.
    • Newport bus station is not far from the railway station. On Sundays the NAT group runs the service. Monday to Saturday it’s a Newport Bus.

     

Look out for the Good Journey Mark – where car-free visitors are welcome and enjoy a discount