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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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Raglan Castle

Raglan Castle (Cadw)

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

Climbing and abseiling

Abseiling

Come and try abseiling in The Wye Valley. Enjoy the view and then abseil to the bottom.

Rogiet Countryside Park

Rogiet Countryside Park

Countryside managed park on the Gwent Levels.

Gallery at Home

Gallery at Home

Welcome to Gallery at Home, a new contemporary art gallery in a little town called Usk. Gallery At Home is a platform to communicate important social issues and encourage dialogue.

Gorge scrambling experience near Abergavenny

Gorge Scrambling Experience

Gorge scrambling is a very popular activity. Based near Abergavenny, this is an activity where you will get wet. You will rock climb a series of waterfalls and scrambling over the rocks and balancing along ledges.

The Priory Monmouth

The Priory Monmouth

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

Skenfrith Castle

Skenfrith Castle (Cadw)

Significant medieval fortress with a substantial central tower

Magor Marsh

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.

Severnvale Equestrian Centre

Severnvale Equestrian Centre

Severnvale is British Horse Society Approved and carries out British Eventing Accredited training. It was selected by Horse & Hound’s Total Horse magazine, as one of the 10 best riding schools and training centres in the UK.

Inspire2Adventure

Mountain Biking

Come and try this growing mountain sport and learn basic skills and techniques for Mountain Biking in The Wye Valley and South Wales.

Castle Meadows

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 Gin

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.

The Priory Centre

The Tithe Barn

The Tithe Barn is a fully restored barn dating from the 12th century. It's part of the St Mary's Priory complex and houses the welsh centre of excellence, shop, education centre and exhibition and the Abergavenny Tourist Information centre.

Monmouth Canoe

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.

Court Robert

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.

Black Rock Picnic Site

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.

Abergavenny Leisure Centre

Abergavenny Leisure Centre

Visit Abergavenny Leisure Centre for swimming, sporting activities, health facilities and more.

Regimental Museum Monmouth

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.

High Glanau Manor

High Glanau Manor

High Glanau Manor is set in twelve acres of fine gardens, designed by H. Avery Tipping in 1922. Original features include impressive stone terraces with far reaching views.

Chepstow Racecourse & Conference Centre

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.

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