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Monmouth Gate Bridge by Keith Moseley - CC BY-SA 2.0

Monmouth is a traditional Welsh town with some of Wales’ most spectacular countryside on its doorstep.

Monmouth is a located at the meeting point of the Trothy, Wye and Monnow rivers, just a couple of miles from the English border. The historical town centre is home to a medieval stone gated bridge, the last remaining of its kind in Britain. Monmouth is a lovely place to explore by foot, with Wales’ oldest theatre, outstanding museums and a good variety of independent shops, cafes and restaurants to explore. The countryside surrounding the town is some of Wales’ most beautiful. On Monmouth’s doorstep is the spectacular Wye Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty where you can hike, cy

Monmouth is a great place for a night out. Check out the excellent Savoy Theatre, a beautiful listed building with a cinema and theatre, where you can see small theatre productions or the latest blockbuster.

For a fairly small town, Monmouth has a surprising number of exciting annual events. The renowned nine-day Monmouth Festival is one of Europe’s biggest free music festivals, with an eclectic mix of live acts.

Pink Floyd Experience by Keith Moseley - CC BY-SA 2.0

Also worth keeping an eye out for are the Monmouth Food Festival, Monmouth Women’s Festival and Rockfield Country Music Festival.

Monmouth and the surrounding area are home to some excellent places to eat, from award-winning restaurants to traditional tearooms. Bistro Prego is one of the town’s most popular eateries, serving mouth-watering daily specials based on local, seasonal ingredients.

“Monmouthshire is a traditional Welsh town with some of Wales’ most spectacular countryside on its doorstep.”

Another good option is The Inn at Penallt, a traditional country pub with a roaring fire, good local ales and delicious food. Alternatively, check out The Stonemill, an award-winning restaurant which is known for its beautifully presented dishes and warm, relaxed atmosphere. If you’re after a cup of tea and a slice of homemade cake, look no further than The Potting Shed, which also serves light lunches, such as fig and feta salad. The Whole Earth Café Bistro is popular among locals for is excellent breakfasts, coffee and Thai takeaway.

For a glimpse into the area’s fascinating history, visit Nelson Museum, which celebrates one of the world’s most famous admirals, Horatio Nelson, and exhibits a remarkable collection of artefacts, including his glass eye. Also well worth a visit is The Castle and Regimental Museum, which tells the story of the renowned Monmouthshire Royal Engineers.

While you’re there

Kymin Hill

Take this walk to enjoy spectacular 360 degree views of Monmouth.

Monmouth Canoe and Activity Centre

Make the most of the Wye Valley’s beautiful scenery with a trip in a canoe.

Monmouth Castle and Military Museum

Learn all about the Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers and see the ruins of Monmouth Castle.

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