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Rustic splendour aside, Monmouth has a fascinating history dating back to the 11th Century, when the town emerged with the building of a Norman fort. Maintaining much of its early heritage, today >Monmouth is a blossoming market town and popular tourist hub, rich in culture and with a wide range of outdoor activities available.
Visit the Grade-II listed Savoy Theatre. It has 360 seats and is reputed to be the oldest theatre in Wales. Small in size and stuffed with antique charm, the Savoy hosts films, stage performances and a range of other events too. You could also visit the Monmouth Museum, packed with artefacts relating to Admiral Nelson, who had associations with the town. Both museum and theatre are located in Monmouth’s centre.
For a rural rush, head out white water rafting on the river Wye. Perfect for both small and large groups, the wild beauty of the Wye Valley will feel as though it’s all yours when you crash through the waters of the Wye. You’ll be guided by proficient professionals, who will ensure you have all the skills and equipment you need, guaranteeing an unforgettable day out.
There are two golf courses in the Wye Valley and many more a short distance away, so golfers are really spoiled for choice here. Undoubtedly the jewel of the fairways is the Rolls of Monmouth Golf Club, a championship course set in idyllic rolling countryside. It’s considered to be one of the best courses in the UK, both for the challenge and its exquisite surrounds.
Take a tour of an award-winning vineyard at Ancre Hill Estates Winery. The vineyard’s enthusiastic owners will teach you all about grape growing and the wine distillery process. Whether it’s the countryside setting, or just the wine, this vineyard has a somewhat Mediterranean feel. It’s also a great place to sit back with a bottle of red and a cheeseboard while you watch the sun set beyond the distant woodland.
Music lovers – coincide your trip to Wales with the Monmouth Festival. This nine-day event is one of Europe’s last major music festivals that remains completely free to attend. It has a huge outdoor stage, hosting some of the biggest names in world music. It also incorporates Monmouth’s annual Carnival Day, complete with stalls and street entertainment – and of course, plenty of dancing!
Don’t hesitate – with so much to do, as well as riverside walks, great eateries and stunning views from the nearby Welsh peaks – search online and book your trip to Monmouth today.
Situated in a rural location, this guesthouse is within 12 mi (20 km) of Raglan Castle, Tintern Abbey, and Clearwell Caves. Puzzlewood and Sculpture Trail are also within 12 mi (20 km).
Situated on the riverwalk, this bed & breakfast is within 6 mi (10 km) of Tintern Abbey, Clearwell Caves, and Puzzlewood. Chepstow Racecourse and Chepstow Castle are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Located in Bristol City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cabot Circus Shopping Centre, Broadmead Shopping Centre, and The Galleries Shopping Centre. St. Peters Church and Bristol Theatre Royal are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Marriott Bristol City Centre is a 5-minute walk from Cabot Circus Shopping Centre, which houses over 120 stores and the 13-screen Cinema de Lux. Guests can walk 20 minutes to the harbor’s restaurants, bars, and amusements, and the same distance to the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery.