Monmouthshire (Sir Fynwy) attractions

Top Choice Abbey in Lower Wye Valley

Tintern Abbey

The haunting riverside ruins of this sprawling monastic complex have inspired poets and artists through the centuries, most notably William Wordsworth, who penned 'Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey' dur…
Top Choice Castle in Chepstow (Cas-gwent)

Chepstow Castle

Imposing Chepstow Castle perches atop a limestone cliff overhanging the river, guarding the main river crossing from England into South Wales. It is one of the oldest castles in Britain – building started in 1067, l…
Top Choice Church in Abergavenny (Y Fenni)

St Mary's Priory Church

Although you wouldn't guess it from the outside, this large stone church has been described as the 'Westminster Abbey of South Wales' because of the remarkable treasury of aristocratic tombs that lies within. It was…
Castle in Monmouthshire (Sir Fynwy)

Raglan Castle

The last great medieval castle to be built in Wales, Raglan was designed more as a swaggering declaration of wealth and power than a defensive fortress. A magnificent, sprawling complex built of dusky pink and grey …
Mountain in Abergavenny (Y Fenni)

Blorenge

Of the three mountains encircling Abergavenny, Blorenge (561m) is the closest to town – the round trip is only 5 miles – but it is a steep and strenuous outing, and good walking boots are recommended. This is one of…
Historic Building in Abergavenny (Y Fenni)

Tithe Barn

The large blocky building next to the church is the former abbey's 12th-century tithe barn, the place where people brought their obligatory contributions to the church, usually 10% of whatever they produced. This pa…
Museum in Abergavenny (Y Fenni)

Abergavenny Museum & Castle

Abergavenny castle's keep was converted into a hunting lodge during the Victorian era and now houses a small museum. It tells the history of the castle and the town, and includes re-creations of a 19th-century Welsh…
Historic Building in Monmouth (Trefynwy)

Shire Hall

Fronting Agincourt Sq at the north end of Monnow St, this handsome Georgian building was built in 1724 to house sittings of the assizes court. It was here that three of the leaders of the pro-democracy Chartist move…
Museum in Monmouth (Trefynwy)

Nelson Museum & Local History Centre

Admiral Horatio Nelson visited Monmouth twice in 1802, officially en route to inspect Pembrokeshire forests for ship timber, though it may have had more to do with his affair with local heiress Lady Emma Hamilton. D…
Castle in Grosmont

Grosmont Castle

Part of a trio of neighbouring castles built by Hubert de Burgh in the early 13th-century (the others being Skenfrith and White Castle), Grosmont stands in a picturesque state of ruin. A wooden bridge leads across t…