It's the bit that welcomes you (or bids you farewell) to Wales. Monmouthshire is the
area that straddles our border with England. It's a very
picturesque area, with meandering river valleys, picturesque
villages and historic market towns.
Tintern is one such village. Sitting serenely on the banks
of the winding River Wye, the centrepiece of the village is the
huge Tintern Abbey. Although, missing
its roof, the 12th century home of an order Cistercian
Monks is still remarkably intact and is beautifully peaceful spot
to lose yourself for a couple of hours.
From Tintern, follow the winding road up the Wye Valley and you
come to Monmouth. The pretty border town
has a remarkable history. It was the birthplace of the future
King Henry V in 1387, after whom the town's Agincourt Square is
dedicated. It was also the home town of Charles Rolls, one of
the founders of the famous Rolls Royce empire.
Nearby Abergavenny is another of the area's
traditional market towns. The town is a centre for walking
enthusiasts with the town surrounded by the Blorenge and Sugar Loaf
mountains as well as five hills. Don't miss the famed Abergavenny Food
Festival. Held each September this is one of the
biggest and best food festivals in the country.
Other attractions in the area worth visiting are the remarkable
Dewstow Gardens and the historic
castles at Raglan, Caldicot and Chepstow Chepstow.
Download the group travel guide for Monmouthshire here.
For further information visit www.visitmonmouthshire.com