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Nestled in an almost signature ‘S’ bend of theRiver Wye is the attractive market town of Chepstowin the Welsh county of Monmouthshire. With Gloucestershire just over theborder, Bristol a short drive away and Newport just down the road Chepstowis ideally located for exploring the southwest of England and the surroundingWelsh countryside but there are plenty of other reasons to plan a break in Chepstow.

On theRiver WyeFor a start there’s its rather delightful locationas the River Wye snakes its way to join the River Severn just a couple of milesdownstream. The western end of the Severn Bridge links the town withneighbouring Gloucestershire and makes an iconic sight as it reaches across theriver to join Wales and England.

ChepstowCastleAnd, of course, there’s that dramatic castleoverlooking the town like a domineering but protective patriarch. The magnificentNorman castle at Chepstow perches on top of alimestone cliff that hangs over the river, and guards the main river crossing.Miraculously intact this is actually one of the oldest castles in Britain,dating all the way back to the Norman Conquest, and the impressive Great Tower stillfeatures its original architecture.

ChepstowMuseumYou can learn all about the castle’s history in themuseum that is housed in the Lower Bailey and to bring your understanding of Chepstow’shistory up to date you can nip across the road from the castle into the 18thcentury town house in which a kid-friendly museum brings the town’s industrial andsocial history to life.

If its myth and legend that you are after then Chepstowcan provide you with plenty of romantic legends too. It is said that a cave inthe cliff underneath the castle is where King Arthur and his trusty knights areresting and conserving their powers until the next time that Britain needssaving from dark forces.

Chepstow ShopsThe name Chepstowderives from the old English ‘chepe stowe’ which means market place or tradingcentre. The town centre today has over 130 shops within easy walking distance andthe pedestrianised St Mary's Street contains antique shops, craft and giftshops, cafes and restaurants.

Festivalsin ChepstowMarkets and festivals still define the rhythms ofthe weeks and changing of the seasons here. The ChepstowFarmer’s market is held on the second and fourth Saturday of every month andthe Chepstow Show draws farmers from miles aroundto display their wares and compete for prizes every August. Meanwhile in Julythe Two Rivers Folk Festival offers three days of music and dance and there isthe Chepstow Festival packed with medievalre-enactments, pageantry and drama.

ChepstowRacecourseFor those partial to a flutter you are in the righttown: ChepstowRacecourse is the leading horse racing course in Wales. You will findit on the edge of the town, in the grounds of the ruined Piercefield House. Theracecourse itself was first opened in 1926, and has held the Welsh National since1949.

VisitChepstowWith its stunning but centrallocation, historical sights and contemporary shopping, hotels and restaurants,river views and racecourse excitement, Chepstowoffers an ideal place to explore Wales and Southwest England.

Top hotels in Chepstow

St Pierre Marriott Hotel & Country Club
St Pierre Marriott Hotel & Country Club
4 out of 5
The price is £83 per night from 15 Nov to 16 Nov

Situated on a lake, this spa hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Saint Pierre Park and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Wye Valley. David Broome Event Centre and Chepstow Castle ...

4.1/5Very Good! (646 reviews)

"The staff is absolutely kind and helpful, obviously for covid everything is up side down. I mean. The menu is reduce but is normal. The town is 7 mins drive and is fine. You can order take aways as well. The room definitely needs an upgrade but it was very spacious. We enjoyed our stay. And we book ..."…"

Reviewed on 4 Oct 2020

St Pierre Marriott Hotel & Country Club
Two Rivers by Marston's Inn
Two Rivers by Marston's Inn
4 out of 5
The price is £50 per night from 9 Nov to 10 Nov

Situated in Chepstow, this inn is within 2 miles (3 km) of Chepstow Castle, Chepstow Racecourse and Wye Valley. Saint Pierre Park is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) away. Chepstow ...

4.3/5Excellent! (60 reviews)

"Well nice and clean , could do with one free cup of coffee or tea in room maybe, a bit of road traffic noise sadly , other than that ok , would stay again ..."…"

Reviewed on 25 Aug 2020

Two Rivers by Marston's Inn
The Royal George Tintern
The Royal George Tintern
4 out of 5
The price is £115 per night from 9 Nov to 10 Nov

Situated in Chepstow, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Tintern Abbey and within 6 miles (10 km) of Chepstow Racecourse and Wye Valley. St Mary's Priory Church ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (20 reviews)

"Extremely welcoming staff. They were falling over themselves to ensure that we did not want for anything. All the meals were delicious and more than enough per portion. Would recommend this hotel to anybody."…"

Reviewed on 5 Sep 2020

The Royal George Tintern
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Chepstow

Welsh Marches at Upper Glyn Farm
Welsh Marches at Upper Glyn Farm
3.5 out of 5

Situated in Chepstow, this cottage is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Wye Valley and within 6 miles (10 km) of Chepstow Racecourse and Tintern Abbey. Chepstow Castle and ...

5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)

"Hosts were amazing and there properties too. defiantly are going to go back. ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL"…"

Reviewed on 15 Nov 2019

Welsh Marches at Upper Glyn Farm
Carpenters Cottages
Carpenters Cottages
5 out of 5

Situated in Chepstow, this luxury cottage is 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from St Mary's Priory Church and within 6 miles (10 km) of Wye Valley and Tintern Abbey. Chepstow ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (8 reviews)

"Fantastic accomodation and very friendly owners, highly recommended"…"

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2020

Carpenters Cottages
Broadrock
Broadrock
3.5 out of 5
The price is £115 per night from 25 Oct to 26 Oct

Situated in Chepstow, this cottage is within 3 miles (5 km) of Chepstow Castle, Wye Valley and Chepstow Racecourse. Offa's Dyke National Trail - Southern Terminus ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (13 reviews)

"Overnight stay on business. The owners couldn’t be more helpful. Room very well equipped and spacious."…"

Reviewed on 19 Sep 2019

Broadrock
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Chepstow

Tintern Abbey
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Tintern Abbey

4.5/5(26 reviews)

The monastic ruins of Tintern Abbey are nestled in the heart of the Wye Valley area of outstanding natural beauty and can boast 900 years of history in their walls. This was the first Cistercian abbey built in Wales and only the second in Britain, and despite now being exposed to the elements, it remains one of the most stunning surviving examples of gothic architecture in the country.

Chepstow Castle
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Chepstow Castle

3.5/5(3 reviews)

Chepstow Castle is the oldest surviving stone fort in Britain and easily one of the most spectacular castles in Wales. The impressive castle dates back to the Norman invasion and perches precariously atop a cliff on the banks of the River Wye. Any visit is sure to invoke plenty of awe and wonder.

Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
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Cardiff Motorpoint Arena

4.5/5(59 reviews)

Cardiff Motorpoint Arena is located on Mary Ann Street in the heart of Cardiff. It was opened in 1993 and is the largest purpose-built facility for staging exhibitions and concerts in South Wales.

Cardiff Bay
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Cardiff Bay

4.5/5(190 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Cardiff with a trip to Cardiff Bay. Discover the lively bars and acclaimed theatre scene in this walkable area.

Bristol Hippodrome Theatre
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Bristol Hippodrome Theatre

4.5/5(85 reviews)

This historic theater offers a wide variety of entertainment, from West End productions and Broadway shows, to traditional pantomimes and opera.

University of Bristol
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University of Bristol

4/5(169 reviews)

Wander between campus buildings and architectural landmarks, visit museums, catch a theater show and admire outdoor art displays at this city center university. 

Top things to do in Chepstow

In-Home Private Chef Experience - 5 Course
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In-Home Private Chef Experience - 5 Course

£73
Per adult
Guaranteed Weekly Departure - a Snapshot of Wales 2020
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Guaranteed Weekly Departure - a Snapshot of Wales 2020

£1,259
Per adult
2-Day Private Wales Tour to Cardiff and Aberfan from London
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2-Day Private Wales Tour to Cardiff and Aberfan from London

£811
Per adult
Cardiff City and Dr. Who Movie Private Day Tour from London
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Cardiff City and Dr. Who Movie Private Day Tour from London

£516
Per adult
Doctor Who Cardiff Walking Tour [Unofficial]
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Doctor Who Cardiff Walking Tour [Unofficial]

£12
Per adult
Blackbeard to Banksy - The Ultimate Walking Tour of Bristol
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Blackbeard to Banksy - The Ultimate Walking Tour of Bristol

£9
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Chepstow

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Scenic

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

25 Oct 2019

Local people very friendly and helpful

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

14 Oct 2019

Nice area. Sad about the hotel room through!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 Sep 2019

good place for weekend visit,people in chepstow very friendly

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

9 Sep 2019

Lovely town, beautiful scenery and walks

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

7 Jul 2019

Lovely town with plenty to see including the castle, museum and a pottery. It seems a vibrant place both during the day and at night.

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