Activities and attractions in Monmouthshire and Abergavenny

It’s pretty unusual on a group holiday that everyone wants to do the same things, especially if you’ve a multi generational group. Some of you will revel in the beauty of the surroundings and the opportunity to spend time together; some of you may simply want to stroll down to the pub or wander alongside the river. For those of you who like to get out and do something energetic the choices are endless and so convenient. Check out the links below.


Monmouthshire

Lower Pen-y-Clawdd Farm Fishery
Lower Pen-y-clawdd Farm Fishery, easy access A40. Stephens Pool for pleasure, Wagtail Pool for matches. Toilet facilities & adjacent parking.

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Monmouth Canoe & Activity Centre
Canoe and kayak hire on the River Wye. Families and large groups welcomed including the dog. Qualified instruction available. AALA licensed centre for U18s including rock climbing, abseiling, raft building and caving.

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Monmouth Leisure Centre
Monmouth Leisure Centre is situated on the edge of Monmouth town on the comprehensive school campus, facilities include swimming pool, sports hall, fitness suite, aerobics classes, squash courts, astro turf pitch and dedicated customer free parking.

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The Shire Hall
The Shire Hall in Monmouth, historic attraction, open daily for audio tours of the historic courtrooms, Tourist information Service and for hosting private events and functions. Public events programme throughout the year. Licensed for weddings and public entertainment.

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Abergavenny:

Abergavenny Market
The Town hall dates back to 1807, providing a meeting place for local council discussions, the Theatre has been entertaining the town for centuries. The ground floor provides a spacious arena for the indoor market.

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Abergavenny Museum
Set in  Abergavenny Castle, the museum has some excellent exhibits of Abergavenny memorabilia and history with a program of activities for children and it’s free to enter.

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Linda Vista Gardens
Looking across the Castle Meadows toward the Blorenge, the garden  was first opened to the public in 1843. Some extremely rare orchids and shrubs can be found within the garden, as well as the more usual plants and flowers which make up the glorious displays.

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Castle Meadows
Take a stroll past the castle and into the castle meadows which take you quietly past the River Usk and to the river bridge at Llanfoist a popular area for picnics, dog-walking, and handgliders landing from the Blorenge.

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Sugarloaf Vineyard
Offering superb wines. Take a walk around the vineyard, soak up the views, then head back to the gift shop to soak up some samples! Location: about a mile from the town centre.

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Castles
Abergavenny is well served by castles – as well as its own Norman keep, there are Skenfrith, Grosmont, Whitecastle and Raglan Castles all within a few miles of each other. Situated on the Marches, this area was a key line of defense/attack for the Normans. The castles date from the end of the 11th century.
A well marked path known as the ‘three castles walk‘ links the three castles at Grosmont, Skenfrith and Whitecastle.

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Abergavenny Food Festival
Plays host to some of the brightest lights of the food world

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Abergavenny Leisure Centre
Abergavenny Leisure Centre is situated on the edge of Abergavenny town on the comprehensive school campus, facilities include swimming pool, sports hall, fitness suite, fitness classes, squash courts, astro turf pitch and dedicated customer free parking.

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Big Pit
National Coal Museum – Discover Wales’s rich mining heritage in this amazing award-winning interactive museum complete with underground tour.

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Treasure Trails
Treasure Trails are a fun and hugely popular way to explore the villages and towns in the area. Solve the intriguing clues which can be found on buildings, statues, monuments and plaques, revealing fascinating history and beautiful scenery.

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Pennyclawdd:

Winetasting
Tasting of wine and cider, organically made at Wernddu Farm nearby to High Cloud. Visit their winery, tasting room, nature walks and meet their friendly herd of alpacas.

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Raglan:

Raglan Castle
A late medieval castle dating from between the 15th and early 17th-centuries.

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Caldicot:

Caldicot Castle & Country Park
The castle’s well-preserved fortifications were founded by the Normans. Restored as a family home by a wealthy Victorian, visitors can explore in a setting of tranquil gardens and wooded country park gardens.

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Caldicot Leisure Centre
Caldicot Leisure Centre is situated in the heart of Caldicot town on the comprehensive school campus, facilities include swimming pool, sports hall, fitness suite, fitness classes, sauna and steam rooms, squash courts, astro turf pitch and dedicated customer free parking.

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Chepstow:

Chepstow Racecourse
race meetings, cross country events, live music, party nights.

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Chepstow Castle
The oldest stone castle in Wales.

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Chepstow Leisure Centre
Chepstow Leisure Centre is situated on the edge of Chepstow town on the comprehensive school campus, facilities include swimming pool, sports hall, fitness suite, fitness classes, sauna and steam rooms, squash courts, astro turf pitch and dedicated customer free parking.

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Contour Outdoor
Contour Outdoor specialises in delivering, high quality, value for money adventure activities. Our unrivalled local knowledge combined with the area’s numerous crags, cliffs, trails and paths always ensures a memorable, thrilling day out , regardless of age, ability, or experience.

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DBC Leisure
Clay shooting, air rifle, archery tuition with friendly, experienced instructors; beginners, stag/hen parties, corporate events, & private shoots. On-site catering. Please ring to discuss your requirements.

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Dewstow Gardens & Grottoes
Imagine discovering a lost garden with tunnels and underground grottoes buried and forgotten under thousands of tons of soil for over 50 years. Built around 1895 the gardens at Dewstow were buried just after WW2 and rediscovered and renovated in 2000.

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