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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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Chepstow Castle (Cadw)

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

Borderlands Outdoor

Rock Climbing, Abseiling, Caving, Bushcraft, Archery and more. Great adventurous activities for families, friends and corporate groups.

Caldicot Leisure Centre

Visit Caldicot Leisure Centre for swimming, fitness suites, sporting activities and more.

Untapped Brewing Co

Here at Untapped Brewing we create some mighty fine Real Ales, for you to enjoy at home or in your pub of choice.

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

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.

St Mary's Priory

‘This is the Westminster Abbey of South Wales, for the great ones of all the ages lie here – Norman, Plantagenet, Tudor and Stuart – with carved wood or marble or freestone above them.’

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.

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.

Nelson Museum & Local History Centre

The Nelson Museum was founded in 1924, following the bequest to Monmouth by Lady Llangattock of her collection of material relating to the famous admiral.

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.

Amazing Alpacas

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

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.

Raglan Castle (Cadw)

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

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.

Court Robert Arts

Located in the heart of the Monmouthshire countryside, Court Robert Arts sell garden sculpture by local Monmouthshire and Gloucestershire Sculptors and Artists.

Court Cupboard Gallery

The Court Cupboard is situated on the western slopes of the Skirrid Mountain in an old granary and has been managed by The Black Mountain Circle, a co-operative of local craft makers, since 1995.

Rock Climbing

If this is your first climb, we'll give you the confidence to have a go at this exhilarating sport. And for more experienced climbers, there is plenty of opportunity to challenge yourself and develop your climbing skills.

Abbey Tintern Furnace

This site contains the excavated and part restored remains of a 17th century ironworks, a Scheduled Ancient Monument. Located in the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The car park and site are open.

Stand-up Paddle Boarding (SUP)

Easy to learn, fun to do, Inspire2Adventure offers stand-up paddle board experiences! Suitable for all ages and all abilities, you can explore the River Wye on a single paddle board or/and try our mega-SUP.

Accommodation in Monmouthshire

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