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Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

The Wye river flows through the protected landscape of the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the border of Wales and England, with the serene Tintern Abbey at its centre. Birthplace of British tourism in the 18th century, even Wordsworth waxed lyrical about it. This border has shaped the land - with castles, towers, abbeys, market towns and industrial heritage dotting the landscape - and the way people experience it, with its unique blend of Welsh and English cultures. Although the stunning landscape of the lower Wye Valley may feel a million miles away, it's only twenty minutes from nearby towns in Monmouth and Chepstow and offers a wide range of activities, including sightseeing, canoeing, wild swimming and walking.

Monmouthshire towns of the Wye Valley

Chepstow

Tintern

Monmouth

Wye Valley Attractions

Chepstow Leisure Centre

Visit Chepstow Leisure centre to swim, play sports, keep fit and more.

Monnow Gate and Bridge

Monnow Bridge in Monmouth, Wales, is the only remaining mediaeval fortified river bridge in Great Britain with its gate tower still standing in place.

Chepstow Castle (Cadw)

Beautifully preserved Chepstow Castle stretches out along a limestone cliff above the River Wye like a history lesson in stone.

Parva Farm Vineyard, Wine and Gift Shop

Parva Farm is a privately owned and run vineyard in the village of Tintern, South Wales. Open to the public every day except Tuesday & Wednesday for vineyard tours and wine tastings.

Kingstone Brewery

At Kingstone Brewery, our passion is real beer. Uncompromised by the inflexibility of modern manufacture, we choose to champion a hand brewed and bottled beer using only mineral water and the finest ingredients.

Wyndcliffe Court House

Anthony and Sarah Clay are thrilled to welcome garden visitors. Wyndcliffe Court House and Garden School is held in the Edwardian Motor House recently converted into a lecture hall for informative talks and demonstrations.

Wye Valley Sculpture Garden

The Wye Valley Sculpture Garden is the vision of artist Gemma Kate Wood which in turn is an accumulation of a shared vision stretching over three generations.

Abbey Mill Wye Valley Centre

Award winning Abbey Mill is a well-established independent family business and has been trading in Tintern village for the past 60 years. Set amidst breathtaking scenery and situated in a relaxed environment on the banks of the River Wye.

High Glanau Manor

High Glanau Manor is set in twelve acres of fine gardens, designed by H. Avery Tipping in 1922. Original features include impressive stone terraces with far reaching views.

Old Station Tintern

Built as a Victorian country railway station, the Old Station, Tintern is a charming site to visit for a quiet relaxing day out or to start your walk in the beautiful Wye Valley.

Tintern Abbey (Cadw)

Tintern Abbey is a national icon – still standing in roofless splendour on the banks of the River Wye nearly 500 years since its tragic fall from grace. Open for pre-bookings from April 6th 2021.

Clearwell Caves - Ancient Iron Mines

Selected as the 'Best Family Attraction in Gloucestershire for 2003' by the Good Britain Guide, see why when you discover where ochre and iron ore has been 'won' for over 5,000 years - from the Neolithic period, to the present day.

Chepstow Bridge - Old Wye Bridge

Chepstow Bridge is the World's largest iron arch road bridge from the first 50 years (1780-1830) of iron and steel construction.

Mari Lwyd Artwork Exhibition

This exhibition brings together artwork from artists throughout the UK and beyond whose work features the Mari Lwyd in some way or the mythic world from which she has emerged.

Veddw House Garden

Located deep in the heart of Monmouthshire, Veddw House Garden has been created through more than 20 years of patient work by Anne Wareham and Charles Hawes.

Nelson Garden

Visit this hidden Georgian garden, a favourite of Admiral Nelson's, between 12 & 3pm every Friday during the Summer.

The Wye Valley Arts Centre

The Wye Valley Arts Centre in the heart of the picturesque village of Llandogo is an inspiring environment with excellent studio facilities and an ideal place for students to enjoy a wide range of courses.

The Kymin

A charming 18th-century Round House and Naval Temple standing proudly atop a prominent hill, the Kymin and its nine acres of pleasure grounds overlooks Monmouth and the beautiful Wye Valley.

Cornwall House

Town house, dating back to at least the 17th century. Red brick garden facade in Queen Anne style, dating from 1752. Street facade remodelled in Georgian style (date unknown). Many original features, including fine staircase.

Chepstow Museum

Chepstow Museum reveals the rich and varied past of this ancient town, once an important port and market centre.

Places to Stay in and around the Lower Wye Valley

Places to eat and drink in the Wye Valley

The Wild Hare Pub

At The Wild Hare, you will receive a true countryside pub experience alongside locally sourced, seasonal menus. With comfy sofas and a cosy log burner, there's nowhere better to enjoy a delicious meal or a pint of local beer.

The Filling Station Cafe

The Filling Station Café is owned and run by Vin and Lou Kennedy. We were very pleased to have been award a 5 star for food hygiene. Everyone is welcome including cyclists, walkers, tourists, families and residents.

The Boat Inn

Welcome to 18th century Boat Inn Located in a superb riverside location overlooking the River Wye, The Boat Inn was built in 1789 and still boasts many of the original interior features.

The Wye Valley Hotel Pub and Restaurant

Wye Valley Hotel and Restaurant The Wye Valley Hotel is situated in an area of breathtaking natural beauty at Tintern in the heart of the Wye Valley.

The Rose & Crown

Sally and Jason welcome you to the Rose & Crown. This historic pub is in the heart of Tintern, nestling in the beautiful Wye Valley.

The Anchor Inn

The Anchor Tintern dates from the twelfth century and is set in extensive grounds alongside the River Wye with the stunning backdrop of Tintern Abbey.

The White Monk

We serve homemade Welsh favourites such as Welsh Rabbit, homemade clotted cream scones and homemade cakes. We make our sandwiches to order and freshly cook hot snacks such as omelettes, bacon sandwiches and homemade soup.

Abbey Mill Coffee House & Restaurant

Built on recommendation our licensed Coffee House and Restaurant hosts a delight of home cooked cakes and Welsh specialities including Abbey Mill's famous 'Mill Wheel' teacake. We are renowned for our fine salads and traditional dishes.

The Wild Hare

Homemade bakes, amazing coffee and freshly made baguettes from our coffee shop.

Parva Farmhouse Hotel & Restaurant

A 17th Century former farmhouse set yards from the banks of the River Wye, less than a mile from Tintern Abbey. It has been a guesthouse for some years with a loyal following, and now has a proper restaurant too.

The Sloop Inn

The bar at the Sloop Inn is spacious and comfortable to local and visitor alike. The historic building is over 300 years old and was originally built as a cider house and mill.

The Misbah

The Misbah is a family-run Restaurant offering authentic Bangladeshi cuisine, and is located in a Grade II listed building in the heart of Monmouth, within the Picturesque Wye Valley.

The Carpenters Arms

The Carpenters Arms is a traditional country pub serving excellent locally sourced food and a varied bar including local real ales.

The Whitebrook

Set in 1 acre of tranquil, landscaped gardens in the beautiful Wye Valley, 5 miles from Monmouth, The Whitebrook are proud holders of one Michelin star and 3 AA rosettes putting us amongst the top restaurants in the country.

Old Station Tea Room Cafe

Come and visit the newly refurbished Tea Rooms which are under new ownership, and are open daily from 10am - 5pm offering a selection of takeaway refreshments.

Green & Jenks Gelato House

Homemade ice cream loving produced in our shop using locally sourced ingredients.

Discover the Picturesque Wye Tour

Take on the Wye Valley Walk

Walks in the Lower Wye Valley

Health Walk - St. Arvan's Walk

2.8 mile route through and to the west of the village of St. Arvan's.

Health Walk - Tintern Walk

2.5 mile walk from the Old Station, Tintern enjoying both sides of the River Wye.

Eagle's Nest Viewpoint & Wyndcliff Wood

Wyndcliff Wood is a superb example of a lower Wye Valley gorge woodland. There is a waymarked walk (with 365 steps!) from the car park to the Eagles Nest lookout which is one of the best viewpoints in the Wye Valley.

18 Monmouth King's Wood

A 6.1 mile walk from Monmouth including a section of the Offa’s Dyke Path in King’s Wood.

22 Mitchel Troy to Cwmcarvan

A 5 mile walk with lots of ups, downs and spectacular views from Mitchel Troy, west of Monmouth.

5 St Arvans Roundabout

A 5.4 mile hilly walk around the community of St Arvans north of Chepstow.

Health Walk - Dixton Church Walk

1 mile walk along the River Wye to Dixton Church and back.

24 Wells and Springs at Trellech

A 5.3 mile walk from Trellech, above the Wye Valley south of Monmouth.

Whitestone (NRW)

Whitestone Wood lies adjacent to a section of the famous Wye Valley Walk. Visitors to the site can enjoy pleasant walks that take in a number of fantastic views across the Wye Valley.

23 Trellech Village

A walk of 1.2 miles around the historic attractions of the village of Trellech, above the Wye Valley, south of Monmouth.

15 Llandogo Village

A 3 mile walk around Llandogo village in the Wye Valley.

4 Tintern to Penterry

A 5.3 mile walk, starting in Tintern, with some steep sections.

19 Redbrook to Penallt

A walk of 4.4 miles in the Wye Valley south of Monmouth. Sustained ascent and descent.

Health Walk - Two Rivers Meadow Walk

2 mile walk around the land between the River Wye and the River Monnow.

17 Buckholt Wood - ROUTE CLOSED

ROUTE CURRENTLY CLOSED A 6 mile walk to the north of Monmouth

Devil's Pulpit Viewpoint

One of the most spectacular views in the Wye Valley, Devil's Pulpit looks over Tintern Abbey & the Wales / England border. Starting in Tintern, Monmouthshire, you cross into Gloucestershire before walking through woods up to the viewpoint.

Health Walk - Vauxhall Fields Walk

1.75 mile walk through part of the town and around Vauxhall Fields.

Welsh Dragon