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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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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.

Borderlands Outdoor

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

The Blake Theatre

We are a theatre that is at both the heart of the town and community of Monmouth. We play host to live drama, music, dance as well as renowned speakers.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mountain Biking

At Treads and Trails we offer guiding & instruction on Mountain Bikes or Walking for individuals or groups in the Black Mountains & Brecon Beacons Mountain Ranges in Wales.

Backwaters Canoe and Kayak Hire

Canoe and Kayak hire from Backwaters Adventure Equipment Ltd.

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.

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.

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.

Woodlake Park Golf & Country Club

Suberb quality golf course in rural setting with outstanding views

Borough Theatre

The Borough Theatre is a lively 300 seat venue situated right in the centre of the historic market town of Abergavenny. The Theatre presents a year round programme of professional and is part of the town hall building dating back to 1870.

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.

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.

Raglan Castle (Cadw)

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

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