Abergavenny is an historic town traditionally known as ‘The Gateway to Wales’ set in the lovely Vale of Usk and at the eastern end of the Brecon Beacons national Park, it is a marvellous centre for all kinds of leisure and holiday activities. The town and surrounding area feature historic buildings and places of interest, and a wide range of sports facilities.
The town centre includes 15th and 18th century buildings, presenting an attractive mix of medieval, elizabethan and georgian. Visit Abergavenny castle and Museum, full of reminders of bygone times. Take a stroll through the castle meadows by the banks of the River Usk, indulge in some shopping in the Tuesday or Friday markets or visit some of the delightful independently owned stores.
Nearby are the pretty villages of Skenfrith, Grosmont and Raglan each with its own castle – an inheritance from the centuries long conflict between Wales and England. More peaceful times are recalled by the lovely Llanthony Priory set in an exquisite valley leading up to magnificent views of Capel-y-Ffin. Walkers can enjoy even better views from the top of the Skirrid or Sugar Loaf mountains.
Fishermen can purchase licenses for the town beat of the River Usk – one of Britain’s best known salmon rivers. Abergavenny also has an excellent eighteen hole golf course. For the really energetic, riding, pony-trekking and hand gliding are widely available in the area.