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Attractions, Activities & 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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Caving

The Monmouth Canoe Centre 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 Canoe Centre

The Monmouth Canoe Centre offer canoeing on the River Wye for families, youth and adult groups in Canadian canoes and single kayaks by the half-day or longer.

Chepstow Museum

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

Magor Marsh SSSI

Magor Marsh is the last relatively natural area of fenland on the Gwent Levels. From the fleeting glimpse of a kingfisher, to the sight of colourful dragonflies darting over the reens, this is an inspiring place to visit.

Craft Renaissance Gallery

Craft Renaissance is an independent art and craft centre near to Usk and Abergavenny in Monmouthshire.

Grosmont Castle (Cadw)

Big on the border. Grosmont is a member of an illustrious trio of strongholds.

Raglan Castle (Cadw)

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

Picturesque Wye Tour

The beauties of the Wye Valley were discovered for the first time at the close of the eighteenth century when it became fashionable to take a boat tour down the Wye Valley, to view its romantic sites and picturesque landscape.

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.

Guided Kayaking on the River Wye

Whether you're new to kayaking or already know the basics, Inspire2Adventure will make it a fun activity - learning in the scenic setting that is the River Wye just adds to the pleasure.

Black Rock Lave Net Heritage Fishery

The lave net fishermen of Black Rock promote the fishery as a heritage site and invite all to enjoy this last remaining welsh severn estuary salmon fishery which can be watched quite safely from the picnic site.

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.

Wernddu Golf Club

Wernddu Golf Club is situated just 1 mile out of Abergavenny on the B4521. It is set in one of the most picturesque positions of Abergavenny with views of the Black mountains and Usk valley at every angle.

Black Mountains Cycle Centre

Welcome to the UK's most exciting downhill & freeride centre. The ultimate mountain biking experience, set in the heart of the breathtaking Black Mountains.

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.

Chepstow Racecourse

Each year Chepstow Racecourse will hold around 32 National Hunt and Flat race meetings. With a variety of weekday, weekend and evening fixtures throughout the year, there is something for everyone.

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.

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.

Silver Circle Distillery

A brand new microdistillery in the Wye Valley Silver Circle Distillery is a brand new craft spirits producer based in the beautiful village of Catbrook, deep in the Wye Valley Area Of Natural Beauty.

Nelson Garden

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

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