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Historic Site, £1.50-£3

The Kymin National Trust

The Kymin National Trust


The Round House,
The Kymin,
NP25 3SF


Landmark hill topped by two interesting Georgian buildings.

Nine acres of pleasure grounds and woods offer a tranquil escape from modern life. The Kymin has been used as a picnic spot for over 200 years. It's a great place to sit and admire the spectacular views across Wales.

A group of local gentlemen at the end of the 18th century had been in the habit of meeting up at local beauty spots for one day each year to enjoy a picnic.

In the summer of 1793 one of the friends suggested the Kymin, and this is where our story really starts.

The party enjoyed their day so much that they all agreed to return the following week, and then the following week and so on until bad weather got in their way.

Picnics for all seasons

This obstacle - rainy days - only prompted the group to start up a collection in order to pay for a building to be erected on top of the hill, so they could continue meeting up without interruption.

They soon raised more than 80 guineas between themselves and their family and friends.

Plans were drawn up for the Round House and, on 1 May 1794, the first foundation stone was laid. The building was completed two years later, much to the pleasure of the townsfolk of Monmouth, as well as the 'Kymin Club' gentlemen.

Please note: a small fee is charged for entry to The Round House.

National Trust PropertyPicnic site

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs accepted

Opening Details

Open all the time

Park open every day.

Round House: open 25 - 28 March, & Saturdays, Sundays & Mondays 2 April to 31 October 11:00 - 16:00.

Car park open during daylight hours only.


Round House admission prices:
Adult: £3.00
Child: £1.50
Family: £6.75
Groups (10+) Adult £2.00, Child £1.00



See location of The Kymin on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SO 526126  Lat: 51.81001 Long: -2.68893

1 mile east of Monmouth between A466 and A4316. Please note - not suitable for coaches as there is a steep narrow road with hairpin bends from junction with the A4136

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 14 miles from Lydney station


  • National Trust PropertyNational Trust Property
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted