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Things to do in Monmouthshire

You don't have to be fit to come here. And you certainly don't need to work up a sweat once you've arrived, although we've got more than 1,000 miles of public footpaths to walk! We guarantee once you see our countryside that you'll want to get outdoors.

Whether it's walking the Wales Coast Path solo, kayaking down the river Wye with your family or playing a round of golf as part of a team, there's no shortage of activities for you to try. Have a go at paddleboarding - one of the fastest-growing sports to hit the UK - or for the more adventurous, experience the thrill of soaring on thermal currents on a tandem paragliding flight off the Blorenge.

And if it's raining and you don't want to get wet, there are plenty of things to do under cover. Check out one of our museums in Abergavenny, Monmouth or Chepstow to hear the stories of these towns, or visit Shire Hall in Monmouth, where in Courtroom Number 1 in 1840 the three leaders of the Chartist movement - which sought political reform - were found guilty of treason and sentenced to death.

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Chepstow Leisure Centre

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

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.

Amazing Alpacas

Amazing Alpacas is an farm specialising in breeding these beautiful and enchanting South American animals.

Raglan Castle (Cadw)

The unmistakable silhouette of Raglan crowning a ridge amid glorious countryside is the grandest castle ever built by Welshmen.

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. The Old Station Tintern opens for the season on April 12th

Shire Hall, Monmouth

Shire Hall is a former Court of Assizes and Quarter Sessions in the centre of Monmouth, South Wales. It is a Grade I listed, classically designed building in Agincourt Square at the top of Monnow Street

The Croft Barn

The Heritage Lottery Fund WHAM! project at the Croft Barn at White Castle Vineyard, Llanvetherine is welcoming visitors at a series of open afternoons, craft courses and events which start at the end of April 2016.

Climbing/Abseiling

Come and learn basic skills and techniques to successfully climb the limestone cliffs at Symonds Yat in The Wye Valley, and over in South Wales for more experienced climbers. Gorge scrambling is an activity where you will get wet wet...

Castle Meadows

In the centre of Abergavenny, easily accessible from the town centre. Some 20 hectares of riverside meadow, next to the River Usk, with bordering trees, small copses, streams and ponds.

Nelson Garden

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

Rafting

Monmouth Canoe offer canoeing on the River Wye for families, youth and adult groups in Canadian canoes and single kayaks by the half-day or longer. Overnight canoe camping or B+B trips planned for up to a week's canoeing.

Monmouth's Premier Play Centre

Visit Monmouth Leisure Centre's brand new indoor play centre with 3 floors of action-packed fun & an exciting beat the the clock timing system. Parents can relax in the air-conditioned seating area while enjoying a Costa coffee & free wifi.

Regimental Museum Monmouth

This small volunteer-run museum, with free admission, tells the story of the Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers - the only present-day regiment to have survived from the Militia.

Wye MTB

Established in 2010 by two passionate mountain bikers, WyeMTB aims to educate, encourage and enhance mountain bike participation in and around the Wye Valley

Wye Valley Meadery

We are a small, family run company founded by two brothers and based in the beautiful Wye Valley, in the Welsh borders.

The Culinary Cottage Cookery School

The Culinary Cottage is a haven for food lovers and offers a selection of residential and one day cookery courses, catering for students of all abilities.

Ancre Hill Vineyard

We planted the vineyard in two phases, April 2006 and April 2007 and grow four varieties, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Seyval Blanc, and Triomphe, the first of which we will harvest in October 2008.

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.

The Priory Monmouth

The Monmouth Priory was founded in 1070 AD by Benedictine monks, and is one of the most historic buildings in Monmouth.

Nant Y Bedd Garden

Nant y Bedd is a 6.5 acre organic RHS Partner garden and woodland located at 1200 feet up in the Black Mountains in the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales. See www.nantybedd.com for full details.

Accommodation in Monmouthshire

Welsh Dragon