A bustling market town on the Welsh border with a vibrant main street full of mostly independent shops and eateries; this is where the rivers Minnow and Wye meet and where King Henry V was born. Worth a look is the 13th century Minnow bridge, the only remaining preserved bridge of its kind and it’s quite a sight when it’s floodlit at night. If you have time visit the Castle Museum and Monmouth Castle, and at the right time of year, the lively Food Festival or Music Festival, with heaps going on for people of all ages. If you’re peckish try The Punch House in the town centre; it’s good for breakfast, lunch or dinner with good pub grub in a traditional setting. Tucked away in a little courtyard in the oldest part of town, the Whole Earth Café is also good, especially on Friday and Saturday evenings when it becomes an authentic Thai restaurant. For scrumptious bistro food and cakes head to N68.

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