Wales

Abergavenny

A market town in Monmouthshire, Abergavenny is a popular hub for visitors and locals alike. With roots dating back centuries, it originally found fame as the site of a Roman fort and eventually became a walled medieval town. Because of its close proximity to the border between England and Wales, Abergavenny naturally became a hotspot for conflict. So much so that it was almost constantly embroiled in war in the 12th and 13th centuries.

With stories of gory massacres, treacherous sieges and fraught tensions, the area is awash with history. A throwback to these turbulent times, a number of castles can still be visited, including White Castle, 7 miles away, and Raglan Castle, 10 miles away, as well as Abergavenny’s very own castle and museum half a mile from the town centre. If you’re a history buff, a trip to one or all of these castles is a must and will reward you with an unmissable trip through time.

These days, Abergavenny is a thriving town made up of a network of streets, lanes and green parks. Take your pick of bustling pavements or quieter spaces and enjoy the atmosphere. Lined with a melting pot of architectural styles, including Georgian and Tudor facades, Abergavenny’s high street is home to both well-known names and independent boutiques. Famous for its market, you should also check out the goings-on every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at the market hall too.

Playing host to a number of festivities throughout the year, including the Abergavenny Food Festival in the second week of September every year, there is always something to look forward to. Hosting a Welsh Language and Culture Festival held each August (the National Eisteddfod) and a Writing Festival in April, all generations can share in old and new traditions. Combined with regular events and lots of shops, eateries and attractions, you can enjoy plenty of action and entertainment throughout the year.

A great base for exploring, Abergavenny also benefits from its superb location. Known as the gateway to Wales, it is ideal for discovering the Brecon Beacons and provides access to unfettered natural beauty. From Abergavenny town centre, the stunning Sugar Loaf mountain is only 3 miles away and Skirrid mountain is just 4 miles. Whether you are a hardcore adventurer or looking for some leisurely strolls with a jaw-dropping background, take up Abergavenny’s call to the wild and immerse yourself in the area’s unbeatable scenery.

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