Days out with Newport Bus

6 months ago Thu 15th Jul 2021

With the school holidays in full flow, please find our shortlist of great local and bus-friendly outings to enjoy over the summer and all year long. Where no car or parking is required! Click on the links below to find a little more details. 

National Trust Tredegar Park

Located in the west of the City, National Trust Tredegar House stands in a 90-acre park, with a combination of a serpentine lake, woodland and sweeping lawns.

The open green space is popular with family for a picnic and those who want to have a kick about. The woodland is the perfect place for a moment of quiet or a game of hide-and-seek. The park is also favoured by runners, providing a running route with a mix of open space and shaded woods.

Activities will be taking place all over the summer to keep you and the whole family entertained. Find out here

The access is easy with Newport Bus - Route 35/36 - stop Nightingale Court. This is less than a 5-minute walk away from the entrance. 

The Gwent Levels (Newport Wetlands)

Discover the Gwent Levels by booking a trip to the Newport Wetlands RSPB Nature Reserve with Newport Bus Demand Responsive Transport – DRT 63. 

Newport Wetlands National Nature Reserve lies between the Severn Estuary and the River Usk on the South Wales coast. It is owned and managed by Natural Resources Wales, working in partnership with RSPB Cymru, Newport City Council and others, for the benefit of wildlife and people.

The shop and café are available between 10 am and 4 pm.

Activities will take place throughout the summer. For information, visit Newport Wetlands Nature Reserve, Gwent - The RSPB

To book DRT 63 bus from Newport city centre to the visitor centre, call us on 01633 211202 up to the day before your trip. For more info DRT - Demand Responsive Transport - Newport Bus

Fourteen Locks Canal Centre and Allt-Yr-Yn Nature Reserve

Do you fancy a nature walk with a historical backdrop? Fourteen Locks is the most spectacular flight of canal locks in South Wales. A scheduled ancient monument situated in a beautiful part of Newport, it lies on the Crumlin Arm part of the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal. Find out on the Monmouthshire, Brecon & Abergavenny Canal Trust website

The Fourteen Locks Canal Centre, gift shop, and museum are open Wednesday to Sunday from 10 am – 4 pm. The café and toilets are open 7 days a week from 10 am – 4 pm. 

You can link your trip to the centre with a walk through Allt-yr-Yn Nature Reserve, one of the two nature reserves in Newport. It is the site of the former Allt-Yr-Yn House and lido, which has now been turned into one of the ponds. The woodland is also recognised as an ancient semi-natural woodland, making it particularly important for wildlife. Here are the details of the walk as seen on TV!  Fourteen Locks Walk - Weatherman Walking (BBC)

Using the fflecsi service, you and your party can be dropped at the canal centre and picked up where you end up – The Ridgeway or back at the centre. Giving you full travel flexibility – information on the fflecsi and how to book it can be found here. 

Caerleon – Roman museum and amphitheatre

Caerleon is an attractive historic suburb of Newport City, with a good selection of pubs, restaurants and tea rooms. Caerleon is also one of the most important military roman sites in the United Kingdom. 

Enjoy a visit to the National Roman Legion Museum, free entry as part of the Welsh national museums or visit the Roman fortress and baths managed by CADW, more info on the CADW website Roman Fortress and Baths.

Caerleon is very well served by three bus routes from Newport City Centre and Cwmbran. Routes 27 and 28 serve Caerleon and the Route 29 serves Cwmbran. These routes are also operated in priority by Newport Bus zero-emission fully electric buses. 

Newport City Parks 

Newport City boasts some beautifully managed easily accessible parks. Why not use Newport Bus services to create your very own tour of Newport City Parks – all in Zone 1! Here are three of the most popular:

Located on the east side of the city, Beechwood Park, a Green Flag status holder is a 30-acre park with mature trees and play areas with entrances on Chepstow Road, Christchurch Road and Beechwood Road.

Beechwood Park was originally the private ground of Beechwood House, a Grade-II listed building which went bought by Newport City Council in 1900 has had many roles, including a convalescent home during World War I. Next to the house stands the café at Beechwood for refreshment and snacks.

Beechwood Park is easily accessible; at the bottom from Chepstow Road, Stop: Beechwood Park with routes 6/6E, 7, 8A/C, 73, 74A/C and at the top from Christchurch Road, Stops: Hove Avenue and Beechwood Top Road with routes 20A/C and 26C.

Belle Vue Park, the closest to the city centre, just off Cardiff Road and next to the Royal Gwent Hospital lays a typical Victorian public park, with a bandstand, pavilion and conservatories, including a tearoom where you can enjoy food and drink as well as the views over the Severn Estuary. Belle Vue Park is a Green Flag status holder and has been awarded Heritage Status by CADW.  Read about it here. For information on activities taking place at Belle Vue Park, please visit the Facebook page Belle Vue Park Tea Rooms.

Belle Vue Park is easily accessible from the city centre via a range of services stopping on Cardiff Road (2 A/C, 30, 35/36, 37, 40/41) – stops Belle Vue Park or Waterloo Road. 

At the far west of the City, off Cardiff Road Tredegar Park is known for its large expanse of playing fields, pitch and putt course and its skateboarding park for scooters, skateboarders and BMXers alike. The perfect venue for a family picnic, Tredegar Park is also the venue for large scale outdoor events. Find out what's on here

It is easily accessible with Routes 30, 37, 35/36 – Park Drive stop Outbound / Tredegar Park stop Inbound.

Castle trail - Cardiff Castle/Raglan Castle/Caldicot Castle/Chepstow Castle 

Why not create your Castle Trail with Newport Bus? Visit Cardiff Castle (Route 30), Raglan Castle (Route 60), Caldicot Castle (Route X74) and Chepstow Castle (Route 73 and X74). 

Cardiff Castle: In the heart of the Capital City of Cardiff, Cardiff Castle is a fantastic place to visit and one of the leading heritage attractions. With events throughout the summer, it’s never been a better time to discover or re-discover Cardiff castle. Here is the link to the events at the Castle - Events at Cardiff Castle

No worries about parking, with Route 30 from Newport City Centre to Cardiff Customs House Street (opposite end St Mary Street) or Route X30 for a more direct route into Cardiff to Greyfriars Road. Choose our City Day Plus (Zone 2) ticket or Family Day ticket (£8.50 for 2 adults and 3 children).

Raglan Castle: To the north of Newport stands the mighty fortress-palace of Raglan castle, managed by CADW. Set-up in beautiful countryside, this will be a great day out for the family. You will need to pre-book your visit to the castle and with falconry events planned this summer, you don’t want to miss it. Plan your visit on Cadw website / Raglan Castle

Travel there with the 60 services to Monmouth, stop at Cadoc’s Church in the lovely village of Raglan. This is a pleasant 15-minute walk to the castle mews. 

Caldicot Castle: To the east of Newport, you find Caldicot Castle and Country Park. Founded by the Normans and developed over the centuries to a beautiful Victorian mansion, Caldicot Castle has a lot to offer. Look out for Nerys the dragon when you visit. At the site, you will find a café for refreshments and light snacks and toilets, all open Tuesday - Sunday (11 am-4 pm). More info on Visit Monmouthshire website

Travel from Newport City Centre or Chepstow with the X74 – stop at Nedern Bridge to enter the country park to the South or at Church Road for a longer walk. 

Chepstow Castle: The last but not the least of our castles, Chepstow Castle, located on the River Wye, is a magnificent fortress, now managed by CADW. For more than six centuries, Chepstow was home to some of the wealthiest and most powerful men of the medieval and Tudor ages. To visit, pre-booking is required at present, and with events taking place throughout the summer, you can choose what is the best time for you. Plan your trip on the Cadw website / Chepstow Castle

Travel to Chepstow Bus Station from Newport City Centre with the 73 for a scenic route via Penhow or the X74 through the Gwent Levels via Magor, Undy and Caldicot. Chepstow castle is a 10-minute walk through the lovely town centre of Chepstow, where you will find cafes and independent shops. 

Monmouth 

Spend a day in Monmouth and be enchanted by this lovely border town on the River Wye!. 

Monmouth has a lot to offer for a day out with its historical buildings – The Great Castle House, the Shire Hall, St Mary’s Priory Church, the Nelson military museum for example and its independent shops, bars and restaurants. For more information on the market town of Monmouth, visit the Visit Monmouthshire website  . 

Travel on Route 60 via Usk and Raglan, enjoying a picturesque ride through the rolling countryside. Our service 60 can drop you off at Agincourt Place, right in the centre of the town. 

If you enjoy trekking or simply longer day walks, get your rucksack and walking shoes ready and board our buses. Our routes will bring you and your party to the edge of Wentwood Forest and Offa’s Dike Path.

Wentwood Forest

Discover Wentwood Forest, 1000 hectares of ancient and diverse woodland located between Newport and Monmouthshire.

Wentwood Forest is the ideal location for exhilarating walks with views across the Severn Estuary thanks to many tracks and pathways to follow and wildlife to spot. You will also find the remains of an old mill and charcoal hearths within the forest, proof of its historical past. Start plan your walk on the Woodland Trust - Wentwood Forest website.  

From Newport or Cheptow, the 73 services will take you via Parc Seymour, where you will start your hike. The bus stops at Greenmeadow Drive in Parc Seymour, which is a mile south of the Wentworth Gate entrance. 

Offa’s Dyke Path – Monmouth to Chepstow or vice-versa

2021 sees the 50th anniversary of the Offa’s Dyke Path (1971-2021). Completed in 1971, Offa's Dyke path follows approximately the 8th-century old earthwork that was built on the command of King Offa to separate the Kingdom of England and Wales. Its diversity makes it one of the World’s greatest walks (as chosen by Lonely Planet). 

Why not take part in the celebrations by walking the southern section of the path: Chepstow to Monmouth? Offa’s Dyke Path section from Chepstow to Monmouth starts just on the other side of the River Wye by Wyecliffe House and leads you through fields and woodland, to Monmouth via the Kymin. Full information on Offa’s Dyke path can be found here on the National Trail website 

Your starting or/and finishing points are only a bus ride away from Newport City Centre. To or from Chepstow, catch the service 73 or X74. To or from Monmouth use the 60 route. Whichever way you go, it's all for the cost of a MonDay ticket.

 

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