What would you like to do?

Because there’s everything here for a perfect holiday, whatever your idea of holiday heaven is…

If you love the outdoors, there’s mountains, beaches, waterfalls, canals and canoeing or fishing rivers; if you’re looking for indulgence, we’ve got restaurants, independent boutique shopping and spa or beauty treatments nearby; for the historians, we’ve castles, churches, museums and stately homes; or you could just take in a movie, go to the theatre or check out the local pub.

Outdoors

Despite the rumours, we do have great weather here in Wales and there’s plenty of ways you can get out and enjoy it.  Think walking, cycling, canoeing and kayaking, bird watching, fishing… even bog snorkelling!

Indoors

Just in case it’s too wet, or even too sunny, there’s plenty to do indoors too!  We have several independent theatres and cinemas nearby (plus some of the larger chains), there’s a climbing wall, soft play, craft centres and not forgetting all the bookshops in Hay on Wye.

Attractions

We’ve everything from castles to climbing walls; or even the chance to climb around on our castle walls!  There are also cathedrals, churches, museums, gardens and stately homes… don’t miss the fairytale magic of Castell Coch or our very own Hampton Court! (Smaller than the London one, but just as unique in its own special way).

Food & Drink

There are more Michelin starred eateries than you can shake a parmesan dusted breadstick at!  Plus plenty of local suppliers, our renowned Market Hall and of course, the famous Abergavenny Food Festival.

Even learning a new skill

And if you’d like to get ‘hands-on’ with a rural skill on a working farm, check out courses at Kate’s Country School – it’s just down the road, always a great day out and we can recommend the cider making course!

This is just a fraction of what there is here for you to do; you can find out more with our handy links library…

Attractions

Abbey Dore Court Gardens

www.abbeydorecourt.co.uk

Mature, six acre, plant-lovers’ garden with formal, wild and river areas, plus a further four acre meadow full of unusual trees.


Cadw

www.cadw.gov.wales

Think National Trust, but in Wales! Cadw is Welsh for ‘to keep’ or ‘to protect’ and just like the National Trust this organisation keeps some of our most beautiful attractions open for us all to see.


Cardiff Castle

www.cardiffcastle.com

In the heart of our capital city, Cardiff Castle’s walls and fairytale towers conceal 2,000 years of history… and some amazing interiors too.


Castell Coch

www.castlewales.com/coch

Fairytale castle with uniquely stunning painted and carved interiors based on Aesop’s Fables… the beautiful fabled home of a very wealthy man.


Dewstow Gardens & Grotto

www.dewstowgardens.co.uk

Rediscovered in the year 2000, these lost garden with tunnels and underground grottoes were buried under thousands of tonnes of soil for over 50 years.


Grosmont Castle

www.cadw/grosmontcastle

One of our local Three Castles, Grosmont is free to visit; why not take a picnic?  Skenfrith Castle and White Castle are nearby too.


Hampton Court Castle

www.hamptoncourt.org.uk

15th century medieval castle, with uniquely quirky interiors and a great restaurant/café & ice cream parlour in The Orangery; plus award winning gardens and parkland: 1,000 acres to explore!


National Museums of Wales

www.museumwales.ac.uk

Our Welsh national museums are all free to visit; and we’ve got six of the seven right here in South Wales!


Nelson Museum, Monmouth

www.monmouth-museum.gov.uk

Rather oddly, despite Horatio Nelson being born in Norfolk, dying at sea and being buried in London, this museum in Monmouth is home to one of the best collections about the famous admiral in the world!


St Fagans National History Museum

www.museumwales.ac.uk/stfagans

Open-air museum with original historic buildings gathered from all around Wales and painstakingly reconstructed, stone-by-stone or brick-by-brick, here in Cardiff; beautiful gardens and landscapes too.


Tredegar House

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/tredegar-house

The National Trust says: “Tredegar House is one of the architectural wonders of Wales and one of the most significant late 17th-century houses in the whole of the British Isles”.


Tretower Court and Castle

www.cadw/tretowercourtandcastle

A real hidden gem: this is 15th century living at its best, with recreated rooms and restored gardens from the 1470s, when the owners were at the forefront of high society.


Wyndcliffe Court Sculpture Gardens

www.wyndcliffecourt.co.uk

Grade II listed gardens between Chepstow and Tintern; designed in the Arts and Crafts style; showcasing contemporary sculptures by local and well-known British artists.

Indoors

Aber Rocks Indoor Bouldering Centre

www.aberrocksclimbing.co.uk

A wide variety of climbing angles to challenge climbers of all abilities.


Baker Street Cinema, Abergavenny

www.abergavennycinema.co.uk

Our very own two screen independent cinema, showing all the latest movies.


Blake Theatre, Monmouth

www.theblaketheatre.org

Live drama, music and dance; plus live broadcasts from the National Theatre, Met Opera in New York, Royal Shakespeare Company and Royal Opera House.


Cardiff Indoor Flea Market

www.facebook.com/Cardiff-Indoor-Flea-Market

Three warehouses full of vintage and pre-loved goods, with a café and ice cream parlour too; open Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday.


Court Cupboard Craft Gallery

www.courtcupboardgallery.co.uk

Local artist’s co-operative; the gallery houses exhibitions and work for sale by members and guest exhibitors. There’s coffee and a welcoming log burner too.


 Kingdom Come Indoor Play

www.kingdomcomewales.co.uk

Softplay centre and party venue in Abergavenny.


Part-y-Seal

www.partyseal.co.uk

Local massage therapies in relaxing surroundings; with gardens & tearoom.


Savoy Theatre & Cinema, Monmouth

www.monmouth-savoy.co.uk

Live theatre and film cinema offering a mix of comedy, drama, family & children’s entertainment throughout the year.


Taurus Crafts, Lydney

www.tauruscrafts.co.uk

Arts and crafts visitor centre of 15 small artisan businesses, incl. pottery, jewellery, chocolatier and more.  Gift shop, café, food shop and hands-on activity days: paint a pot, make your own chocolates, create your own jewellery.

Outdoors

 Abergavenny Festival of Cycling

www.abergavennyfestivalofcycling.co.uk

Annual festival of cycle racing; where you can follow in the cycle tracks of the 2014 National Road Race Championships


Abergavenny Walking Routes

www.mapmywalk.com/abergavenny

Details for local walks, long and short.


Backwaters Canoe and Kayak Hire

www.backwatershire.co.uk

Company hiring open canoes, open cockpit kayaks and, for the more experienced, closed-cockpit kayaks.


Brecon Beacons Four Waterfalls Walk

www.walkscene.co.uk/4_waterfalls_walk

Four impressive waterfalls, including Sgwd yr Eira, the waterfall with a path behind the cascade: see a waterfall from the other side!


 Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

www.beacons-npa.gov.uk

Seven Hills Hideaway lies just outside the boundary of this National Park; find out all about the Authority and its work.


Canoe and Kayak Hire on the River Wye

www.hireacanoe.com

Based at Whitney Bridge, near Hay-on-Wye, offering canoe and kayak hire for people of all ages and experience levels.


Cycling In and Around Abergavenny

www.mapmyride.com/abergavenny

The best cycle routes in and around Abergavenny.


Elan Valley

www.elanvalley.org.uk

72 square miles of historic landscapes and thriving wildlife, with amazing reservoirs, a great cycle track, walks and a visitor centre (with café and exhibition) too.


Grwyne Fawr Reservoir

www.abergavennyfocus.co.uk/grwyne-fawr

A walk to Grwyne Fawr Reservoir with its impressive dam.


 Kate’s Country School

www.katescountryschool.co.uk

Friendly, fun-filled, fact-packed courses all about traditional rural skills and animal husbandry at the home of BBC’s Lambing Live, Series 1.


 Monmouth Canoe

www.monmouthcanoe.co.uk

River Wye canoe and kayak hire.


Newport Wetlands

www.rspb.org.uk/newportwetlands

RSPB reserve on the South Wales saltmarshes: tranquil reedbeds, migrating waders and stunning views of the Severn estuary.


Skirrid Fawr Walk

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/skirridfawr

All about the mountain you can see from your verandah… and how you can scale its heights!


The Sugar Loaf Circuit

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sugarloaf

Walk the Sugar Loaf… in South Wales rather than Brazil!


 The Wye & Usk Foundation; Booking Office

www.wyeuskfoundation.org/fishing

Book some of the best salmon, sea trout, trout, grayling and coarse fishing Wales and The Marches have to offer.


The Wye Valley Walk

www.wyevalleywalk.org

Dip into our local sections of this 136 mile riverside walk, which follows the course of the River Wye.


Three Castles Walk

www.abergavenny.org.uk/three-castles-walk

This walk takes in our three local castles of Whitecastle, Grosmont and Skenfrith.


 Usk Fishing Association

www.uskfishing.org

Articles and discussion about topical issues involving the River Usk and its tributaries.


World Bog Snorkelling Championships

www.green-events.co.uk

Held annually at Llanwrtyd Wells, the World Bog Snorkelling Championships are described by Lonely Planet as one of the top 50 “must do” things from around the World… do you dare enter?!

Food & Drink

Abergavenny Food Festival

www.abergavennyfoodfestival.com

Established in 1999, Abergavenny Food Festival is the biggest, best-known and best-loved food festival in Wales.


Ancre Hill Estates

www.ancrehillestates.co.uk

Guided vineyard tours, Cellar Door shop and wine tastings; cheese platter lunch available using Welsh cheeses, washed down by a glass of Estate wine.


Angel Hotel, Abergavenny

www.angelabergavenny.com

Formal or informal dining; breakfast, lunch and dinner, or just a coffee with their delicious home-made biscuits. Afternoon tea is an experience not to be missed!


Angel Inn, Grosmont

www.grosmont.org/the-angel-inn

A traditional ‘locals’ village inn, with petanque in the garden, home-cooked food and regular live music; if you’re lucky, you may find yourself in the middle of an impromptu acoustic session.


Apple County Cider

www.applecountycider.co.uk

Cider apple grower, award winning cider maker and cider shop: taste the ciders and buy homemade jams, cordials, local ales, honey and ice creams too.


Beavan Family Butchers

www.beavanfamilybutchers.co.uk

Bringing meat produced on the Beavan’s two local family farms direct to customers in Abergavenny.


The Bell at Skenfrith

www.skenfrith.co.uk

Award winning local boutique inn in a lovely riverside location; voted ‘the best place to eat – pub’ in the Wales National Tourism Awards.


Goose & Cuckoo

www.gooseandcuckoo.com

A Grade II listed pub, with old-fashioned bar area, wood burning stove and small dining room. Traditional bar games and a beer garden too.


The Hardwick

www.thehardwick.co.uk

Reputedly this is Michel Roux Junior’s “Favourite Welsh restaurant”.


Hunter’s Moon Inn, Llangattock Lingoed

www.hunters-moon-inn.co.uk

Our local pub has been serving the community here since the 13th century; open for food and drink 7 days a week.


King of Prussia

www.kingofprussiaabergavenny.com

Family friendly pub on the outskirts of Abergavenny, serving homemade pub food and cask ales, straight from the barrel.


Pizzorante, Abergavenny

www.pizzorante.co.uk

Italian restaurant and pizzeria in the central market area of Abergavenny. Home-made food from an open kitchen, so you can see your meal being prepared. Closed Sunday and Monday; booking pretty much essential!


Restaurant 1861

www.18-61.co.uk

Simon and Kate King have a passion for quality food prepared using produce sourced from local farmers, butchers and vegetable producers.


Ross-on-Wye Cider & Perry

www.rosscider.com

The Broome farm estate grows over 70 varieties, offers visits and tastings, hosts live music events and a cider festival, plus runs the local pub – The Yew Tree in Peterstow – too.


Toi et Moi

www.toietmoi.co.uk

Toi et Moi is a licensed French restaurant run by French chef Cédric Lherbier, formerly of Les Copains d’Abord restaurant in Winchester and La Benjamine in South West France.


Walnut Tree Inn

www.thewalnuttreeinn.com

A famous inn and restaurant since the early 60’s, The Walnut Tree is just down the road from Seven Hills Hideaway.


Welsh Venison Centre

www.beaconsfarmshop.co.uk

The Welsh Venison Centre and Beacons Farm Shop is a family-run business based in the Brecon Beacons National Park, just off the A40 between Abergavenny and Brecon.


The Whitebrook

www.thewhitebrook.co.uk

Chef proprietor Chris Harrod, trained at Le Manoir, has won acclaim at The Whitebrook from the Good Restaurant Guide, 3 AA rosettes and a coveted Michelin star.


Whitecastle Vineyard

www.whitecastlevineyard.com

5 acre vineyard just the other side of our village here in Llanvetherine; conducted vineyard tours and tastings.

Local & Regional

 Abergavenny Focus

www.abergavennyfocus.co.uk

The local magazine for Abergavenny news and events


Abergavenny Tourist Guide

www.abergavenny.org.uk

All about Abergavenny: gateway to Wales.


Brecon Beacons National Park

www.breconbeacons.org

All about the Brecon Beacons, our local National Park and International Dark Skies Reserve.


Brecon Beacons Tourist Information

www.visit-brecon-beacons.co.uk

Brecon Beacons tourist information and travel guide.


Hay on Wye: The Official Guide

www.hay-on-wye.co.uk

World renowned for books and bookshops.


Visit Abergavenny

www.visitabergavenny.co.uk

Abergavenny & District Tourist Association


Visit Monmouthshire

www.visitmonmouthshire.com

News, offers and information on Visit Monmouthshire.


Visit Wales

www.visitwales.com

Loads of information about what you can see and do whilst you’re with us here in Wales.

Image of Skenfrith Castle © Crown copyright (2014) Visit Wales

Your Accommodation

Skirrid Fawr

Named after the mountain you can see from your verandah (but definitely not in anything’s shadow!), Skirrid Fawr has plenty of space to sleep six in comfort and style.  Luxury furnishings, delicious welcome ‘goodies’ and a great setting make this a special place.

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The Blorenge

The Blorenge mountain is a favourite with paragliders… but rest assured, its namesake lodge is firmly grounded on the farm!  Like Skirrid Fawr, The Blorenge offers luxury glamping with all the space you need for six people, plus storage for bikes, boots, even paragliders!

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Sugarloaf

Sugarloaf mountain stands tall over Abergavenny and our Sugarloaf lodge sits at the top of the meadow, which rolls gently down to the stream below... perfect for family glamping holidays, with plenty of space for the children and plenty of luxuries for the adults.

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