Abergavenny City Guide

Tucked in the hills of Monmouthshire in south Wales, Abergavenny sits six miles from the English-Welsh border and is known as the ‘Gateway to Wales’. Set beside the Usk River, the picturesque market town edges the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park, making it ideal for enjoying the great outdoors.

With the Black Mountains providing a stunning backdrop, the town of Abergavenny has much to offer. It is a delightful, traditional centre brimming with shops, pubs and restaurants, historic sites and a wealth of other attractions, including bustling markets and tranquil riverside walks.

Best of Abergavenny

Culture vultures, history buffs, shopaholics and foodies will find plenty to entertain them here.  Visit the grounds of Abergavenny castle to see the town’s ruined 13thcentury castle and walls, explore the town history museum and view the treasures inside St Mary’s Priory Church, a remnant of the town’s original 11th-century Benedictine priory. Check out the Tithe Barn at St Mary’s to see the magnificent Abergavenny tapestry that was created by residents to mark the millennium.

There’s plenty more on your doorstep to keep you going. You can stroll through the beautiful Linda Vista Gardens to enjoy views of nearby Blorenge Mountain, explore pretty Castle Meadows to soak up the outlook over Sugar Loaf Mountain or browse the farmer, crafts and antiques markets that regularly fill Abergavenny’s Victorian Market Hall.

Otherwise, there’s always the chance to dip in and out of Abergavenny’s eclectic shops, boutiques and other emporiums, and take a break at the many welcoming cafes, pubs and restaurants.

History of Abergavenny

Standing on the site of a Roman fort, the town of Abergavenny developed during the 11th century with the construction of both its Benedictine priory and castle — the remains of which still stand today. During the 13th century, the town grew further, with the addition of protective walls and four gateways.

Ravaged by the Black Plague in the 14th century, Abergavenny enjoyed greater stability between the 15th and 17th centuries due to its weaving and tanning industries. During this time, it became known for its weekly markets and annual fairs, a reputation that remains today.

Sights around Abergavenny

Abergavenny sits on the doorstep of rugged countryside and countless historic and cultural attractions. Strike out into the nearby Brecon Beacons to follow marked trails, see prehistoric standing stones, admire medieval churches and wonder at waterfalls, caves and the largest natural lake in Wales, LLangorse.

Nearby there is also the 15thcentury Raglan Castle, the Roman baths at Caerleon and the opportunity to discover the area’s industrial heritage at the Blaenavon World Heritage Site, going underground into the former mines at the National Coal Muesum’s Big Pit.

Alternatively, you could try the active pursuits available around Abergavenny, you can find horseriding, sailing, fishing, golfing and other exciting sports and activities.

What’s on in Abergavenny

Abergavenny bustles with events all year round. Scour its markets and shops, relax at its traditional inns, and savour fresh local food at its gastro pubs and restaurants, whatever the season. Plus, be sure to visit the Abergavenny Food Festival in September — a whirl of speciality stalls and events that promises to delight food aficionados.

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