Hopping on a train from Newport to Abergavenny is the easiest way to arrive at your destination feeling relaxed. With tickets costing far less than parking and petrol, the short half-hour journey is a great way to catch up on work, emails or contact old friends.
Known as the Gateway to Wales, Abergavenny sits on the Welsh border and is a glorious mix of old and new. Surrounded by mountains and the curve of the River Usk, if you plan to explore the Brecon Beacons or the Black Mountains, Abergavenny makes the perfect base.
The area is steeped in history, and the majestic Raglan Castle watches over the nearby World Heritage Centre at Blaenavon, and for culture seekers, the Borough Theatre has a lively and eclectic programme of events. However, there’s plenty of activities to take part in too with artisan bakery classes, creating beautiful textiles and magical, ethereal watercolours. You can even enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting at Abergavenny’s very own White Castle Vineyard.
For retail fans, Abergavenny has many high street names available, but the real fascination is in the independent merchants. From gorgeous handmade clothes to pottery, paintings and unique pieces of jewellery, it’s all here, laid out in beautiful boutiques, with the artisans often on hand to talk to you about their inspiration.
Ideal as a cycling base, bringing your bike on the train with you is easy, and means that the moment you reach the station you can be off, exploring the dramatic scenery around this glorious market town. With numerous cool gadgets available, such as effective puncture repair kits, portable phone chargers and more, cycling is becoming an increasingly popular way to get off the beaten track.
Abergavenny is a breath of fresh air in our hectic hustle bustle world, and catching the train here makes life relaxing and restful.