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Abergavenny

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Abergavenny (Welsh: Y Fenni) is a town in Monmouthshire in southeast Wales.

Understand

A thriving town, Abergavenny prides itself as a gateway to South Wales and the eastern gateway to the Brecon Beacons National Park where you can enjoy a relaxing short break or longer holiday amidst beautiful countryside. The town itself nestles within the beautiful Usk Valley at the point where the river emerges from amongst the mountains to flow through lowland Monmouthshire. The mass of the Black Mountains and their highly individual outliers of Sugar Loaf and Skirrid (Welsh: Ysgyryd Fawr) form a spectacular northern backdrop to the town. Along with Blorenge to the south, the opportunities for walkers are hugely varied.

Get in

On the A465 Hereford - Neath and A40 London-Fishguard road between Monmouth and Brecon

  • 1 Abergavenny railway station. on the Welsh Marches Line: Newport - Hereford.  

Get around

See

  • 1 Abergavenny Castle. Dates back to 1087 and makes for a fascinating visit.  
    • 2 Abergavenny Museum. Set in the grounds of the Norman Castle. If it’s a nice day, take a picnic, otherwise simply learn about the history of this historic market town. (updated Dec 2017)
  • 3 Sugar Loaf. 596 m (1,955 ft) heigh mountain (updated Jun 2017)
  • 4 Grosmont Castle, Grosmont. ruined castle (updated Jun 2017)
  • 5 Llanthony Priory. ruined former Augustinian priory (updated Jun 2017)
  • 6 White Castle. medieval castle (updated Jun 2017)

Do

Events

  • Abergavenny Food Festival. it stands to reason that the number of eateries on offer is more than adequate. From fancy restaurants to old-fashioned pubs, from bars and cafes to takeways, there is something offer to suit every taste.  

Buy

One of the most well-known markets in Wales, Abergavenny’s Tuesday market has more than 200 stalls offering a huge array of goods. In addition there is a Friday and Saturday market and the occasional craft fair, flea market and antique fair.

Eat

  • 1 The Greyhound Vaults, Market St, ☏ +44 1873 858549. (updated Nov 2016)
  • 2 The Walnut Tree, Llanddewi Skirrid, ☏ +44 1873 852797. (updated Nov 2016)
  • Fig Tree Espresso, 15 Nevill Street, ☏ +44 7702 580071 (mobile), ✉ figtree@abergavennycoffee.co.uk. 9AM-4PM Tue-Sa. Established in 2013 by a young couple and set in a Grade 2 Listed Georgian Townhouse, this small cafe has quickly become the place to go to get your caffeine fix in Abergavenny. Using coffee beans that have been roasted less than half an hour away and making all of the cakes and savouries themselves, this place is definitely local. Also, there is a rear courtyard to sit and enjoy your drink. (updated Jun 2018)

Drink

Abergavenny has a thriving nightlife of pubs and bars

  • The Kings Arms. Great social spot in the town centre. Generally quite quiet during the week but much busier on a Friday and Saturday night, often with live entertainment. Home to the Tudor Microbrewery serving a selection of local ales. 
  • 1 The Skirrid Mountain Inn (few miles north of Abergavenny), ☏ +44 1873 890 258. claimed to be the oldest pub in Wales (updated Nov 2016)

Sleep

  • 1 The Old Pandy Inn & Black Mountain bunkhouse, Hereford Road, Pandy, ☏ +44 1873 890208. The Black Mountain Lodge is sited at the Old Pandy Inn, a 17th Century Country Inn some 4 miles north of Abergavenny, 15 miles south of Hereford at the foot of the Black Mountains. The Offa's Dyke Path is some 400 yards away. 
  • 2 The Angel Hotel, 15 Cross St., ☏ +44 1873 857121. (updated Nov 2016)
  • 3 Llanthony Priory Hotel, Llanthony NP7 7NN, ☏ +44 1873 890487. Charming but simple hotel within the ruined priory, and it may have been the prior's lodge. Rooms have no en suite or any kind of plumbing, and four are in the tower up a spiral staircase. No children under 4 or dogs. Open all year but Nov-Mar only F-Su. B&B double £100. (updated May 2020)
  • 4 The Hardwick, Old Raglan Rd NP7 9AA (off A40 three miles south of town), ☏ +44 1873 854220. Restaurant with rooms in old pub. Assistance dogs only. B&B double £120. (updated Jun 2020)

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