Chepstow

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Tintern Abbey showing building ruins, heritage architecture and heritage elements

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

On the River WyeFor a start there’s its rather delightful location as the River Wye snakes its way to join the River Severn just a couple of miles downstream. The western end of the Severn Bridge links the town with neighbouring Gloucestershire and makes an iconic sight as it reaches across the river to join Wales and England.

Chepstow CastleAnd, of course, there’s that dramatic castle overlooking the town like a domineering but protective patriarch. The magnificent Norman castle at Chepstow perches on top of a limestone 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 still features its original architecture.

Chepstow MuseumYou can learn all about the castle’s history in the museum that is housed in the Lower Bailey and to bring your understanding of Chepstow’s history up to date you can nip across the road from the castle into the 18th century town house in which a kid-friendly museum brings the town’s industrial and social 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 in the cliff underneath the castle is where King Arthur and his trusty knights are resting and conserving their powers until the next time that Britain needs saving from dark forces.

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

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

Chepstow RacecourseFor those partial to a flutter you are in the right town: Chepstow Racecourse is the leading horse racing course in Wales. You will find it on the edge of the town, in the grounds of the ruined Piercefield House. The racecourse itself was first opened in 1926, and has held the Welsh National since 1949.

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

Two Rivers, Chepstow by Marston’s Inns
Two Rivers, Chepstow by Marston’s Inns
4 out of 5
Newport Road, Chepstow, Wales
The price is £52 per night from 31 Jan to 1 Feb
Situated in Chepstow, this inn is within 1 mi (2 km) of Chepstow Castle and Wye Valley. Chepstow Racecourse is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) away. Chepstow Station is 13 minutes ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (103 reviews)
"Brand new very good easy parking nice staff good food from on site pub good value for money In all 10/10"

Reviewed on 4 Dec 2021

Two Rivers, Chepstow by Marston’s Inns
St Pierre Marriott Hotel & Country Club
St Pierre Marriott Hotel & Country Club
4 out of 5
The price is £84 per night from 16 Feb to 17 Feb
Situated on a lake, this spa hotel is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Chepstow Castle and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Wye Valley. Chepstow Racecourse and Caldicot Castle are also ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (731 reviews)
"We had a couple off problems with the room but they were sorted for the second night"

Reviewed on 20 Dec 2021

St Pierre Marriott Hotel & Country Club
The Wild Hare
The Wild Hare
4 out of 5
The price is £121 per night from 9 Feb to 10 Feb
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 Chepstow Castle. Wye Valley and ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (35 reviews)
"This is a family run hotel with a big welcome. It is in a beautiful spot in the Wye Valley. We will definitely be coming again."

Reviewed on 14 Nov 2021

The Wild Hare
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Charming Country Lodge Chepstow
Charming Country Lodge Chepstow
Longstone, 2 Rogerstone Grange, Chepstow, WLS
The price is £218 per night from 21 Jan to 22 Jan
Situated in Chepstow, this romantic apartment building is within 3 miles (5 km) of Chepstow Racecourse, Wye Valley and Chepstow Castle. Tintern Abbey and Offa's ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
"Stylish and spotlessly clean. Very comfortable and convenient accomodation in a delightful rural setting."

Reviewed on 21 Nov 2021

Charming Country Lodge Chepstow
Broadrock
Broadrock
3.5 out of 5
Situated in Chepstow, this apartment building is within 3 miles (5 km) of Chepstow Castle, Wye Valley and Chepstow Racecourse. Offa's Dyke National Trail - Southern ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (15 reviews)
Lovely cottage
"We booked for 2 nights and ended up staying for 3 - now think that says it all. I travel a lot and this was delightful. A very spacious and tastefully decorated in Farrow and Ball colours throughout, so for me it felt like home. 2 king-sized bedrooms with lovely en-suite bathrooms, a kitchen which ..."

Reviewed on 17 Dec 2020

Broadrock
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 ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (17 reviews)
Great stay
"A very pleasant stay. Great value. Facilities and cleanliness basic. But great location, lovely size and perfect hosts. Would highly recommend."

Reviewed on 12 Aug 2021

Carpenters Cottages
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.

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