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Itineraries for Groups

Situated on the Wales / England border this area was once fiercely contested. Thankfully it's more peaceful today, although reminders of those battles remain with nine castles dotted across the countryside. There are plenty of other historic buildings, not least the romantic ruins of Tintern Abbey or the restored Shire Hall at Monmouth, scene of the infamous Chartist trial of 1839. With the well-earned status of Food Capital of Wales, you can't visit this area without tasting some of Wales' best food and drink

Here are three suggestions for one day itineraries.

The Picturesque Wye Valley

It is 250 years since William Gilpin took a boat tour down the River Wye in 1770, an event that heralded the birth of British tourism. This tour explores what inspired Gilpin (and Turner and Wordsworth amongst many others) as you travel in his footsteps down the Wye Valley.

The full itinerary

Glorious Gardens of Monmouthshire

Monmouthshire is known as a 'Gardener's County' with both contemporary and historic gardens, large and small, to view and explore. Start in the south at the rediscovered Dewstow Gardens and Grottoes, the largest and most important Pulham site in Wales.

Then head up the Wye Valley to the contemporary romantic Veddw House Garden with its geometric yew-hedged secret rooms. Next on the itinerary is the Wye Valley Sculpture Garden nestled in its tranquil and secluded setting on a gentle sunny slope in Tintern.

From there head north to the 12 acres of pristine arts and crafts gardens at High Glanau, designed by H. Avery Tipping in 1922. 

End with a visit to Llanover Garden, a stunning 15 acre historic garden with unusual herbaceous plants, shrubs and trees, and a circular walled garden, surrounded by parkland. This garden features in the November edition of RHS Garden Magazine and is particularly stunning in autumn.

Food & History

Discover the very best of our history and food with our Explore Monmouthshire itinerary, taking you from the middle ages to modern vineyards.

Start at the Norman Caldicot Castle and its idyllic country park; travel onto the Victorian Old Station Tintern; visit the Georgian Shire Hall in Monmouth; follow up with wine tasting at White Castle Vineyard; and finally, settle in for a sumptious Afternoon Tea at The Angel Hotel in Abergavenny.

Caldicot Castle
Eating at the Angel

Chepstow 01291 689566

Shire Hall, Monmouth

Monmouth 01600 775257

White Castle Vineyard

Abergavenny 01873 821443


Legends of Agincourt

Building on the theme of Visit Wales' 2017 ‘Year of Legends’, explore the landscape into which Henry V was born, where he tested his military tactics, and from where he drew vital support for his campaign in France.

Discover how that loyalty was rewarded as Welsh nobles grew in wealth and status and we move towards the birth of the Tudor dynasty.

Shire Hall, Monmouth

Monmouth 01600 775257

Monmouth Castle

Monmouth 0300 025 6000

Raglan Castle

Brecon 01874 623857

Raglan Castle

Crickhowell 03000 252239

St Mary's Priory
Raglan Castle

Raglan 03000 252239


Tour Guides

Make sure you get the most out of your visit to the region by hiring the services of a tour guide. Members of The Wales Official Tour Guide Association are the only guides officially recognised to be able to guide in Wales. They can provide highly trained, professional and experienced Blue Badge Guides, who will help bring your journey to life.

There are dozens of guides, each with their own specialisms, interests and language skills. Blue Badge Guides can take you all over the region, whilst Green Badge Guides offer a more specialist and localised expertise.

To find a guide to suit your needs, please visit
Wales Best Guides

Refreshment Stops

Group Accommodation in Monmouthshire

Welsh Dragon