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What to do in And Around Abergavenny

Abergavenny is a lively market town on the very edge of the Brecon Beacons. It’s known as the “Gateway to Wales” and has a great history. Once a Roman fort, Gobannium, which was necessary because of raids from the local in the nearby Iron Age fort.

places to visit around abergavenny
The Castle Entrance

Moving on, there is the Norman castle ruins. The keep still stands and is where the local museum resides. You can see everything from Roman uniforms and locally found items to exhibits from more recent local history too.

Abergavenny Annual Food Festival

Over the past few years, Abergavenny Food Festival, which happens over 2 days in September every year has developed into an event supported and visited by people from all over the world. They have extended their activities to now include Christmas festivals. A very simple idea has turned into a valuable and necessary addition to the local economy.

Find out more about the Food Festival here.

Abergavenny food festival in the market hall

Abergavenny Market Hall
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Another famous eating place is The Walnut Tree. Made famous by the previous owner and the tradition has been kept up by the current Michelin award winning Chef, Shaun Hill.

Those looking for a compliment to their meal may be interested to know about the Sugar Loaf Vineyard, where they produce award winning Welsh wine.

Abergavenny Shopping

With many independent shops and the local market that is open on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, there is much to see and enjoy. If you want a bargain you can visit the Victorian Market Hall to visit the main market on those days, or pop along to the regular flea markets and other great events.

There are the usual supermarkets et al that add to the wider experience of this charming town.

St Marys priory church Abergavenny

St Mary's Priory Church

Nearby to Abergavenny

The Monmouthshire and Brecon canal is just up the road from the town and you can find and book canal holidays too. Beacon Park Boats are the most local with their original base at Llanfoist Wharf. They now have a larger base at Llangattock, which is near to Crickhowell.

Crickhowell is the are where the famous Glanusk Estate (The home of the Green Man Festival) is situated. There are some great walking areas, fishing and much more for your enjoyment.

Back to the canal, but moving the opposite direction towards Pontypool, you can find Goytre Wharf, which is situated up the country lanes a little. You can take your own small boat rides for a day and visit the Goytre Wharf and Canal Visitor Centre

If you want to see more of the local history, you can find the famous Llanthony Abbey and Priory not far away. On the subject of Priorys, don’t forget to visit St Mary’s Priory Church in Abergavenny. You can see the new stained glass window where the Jesse Statue sits. The church has been on the site for over 1000 years.

Llanthony Abbey and Priory

Llanthony Priory

Head towards Monmouth on the A40 and you will find the famous Raglan Castle. There are more castles in and around the area, like those at Whitecastle, Grosmont and Skenfrith. Also close by is Big Pit and there is easy access to many other places that are worth a visit in the Abergavenny area and further into South Wales.