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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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Guided Open Canoe River Trips

Learn the basic skills and techniques of open canoeing to navigate the River Wye successfully.

Brilliant Bronze Age Exhibition

This exhibition looks at axes found in the local area, the story of how they were made, how they were used, why they might have ended up in the ground and how they were found, bringing their story right up to the present day.

Dewstow Gardens and Grottoes

Dewstow Gardens & Grottoes is one of the most beautiful and fascinating historical gardens in Monmouthshire, South Wales. With beautifully landscaped paths and decorative beds, waterfalls and pools and a labrynth of tunnels and grottoes.

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

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 Pierre Marriott Hotel & Country Club Golf

Marriott St. Pierre is built around a beautiful 14th Century Manor House set amidst 400 acres of tranquil parkland including two 18-hole golf courses.

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.

Chepstow Leisure Centre

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

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.

Chepstow Castle (Cadw)

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

St Michaels Church

Whatever your faith , we welcome you to enjoy the tranquility of our church, a place of quiet reflection, where you join the many who have passed through it's doors over 13 centuries in fellowship and peace.

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.

Black Rock Picnic Site

A great site to rest your legs offering panoramic views of the Severn Estuary and both Severn Bridge Crossings, it also offers parking if you wish to base yourself here.

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.

Nant Y Bedd Garden

Nant y Bedd is a 10 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.

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.

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.

Goytre Wharf

Goytre Wharf is located on the canal with over 200 years of industrial heritage to discover. The site is now developed for leisure within an area of outstanding natural beauty, but still retaining many of its historic features.

Climbing and Mountaineering

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.

Accommodation in Monmouthshire

Welsh Dragon