attractions around Chepstow & the Wye Valley

Chepstow Castle
The Mighty Chepstow Castle

Steeped in history, the area is host to a multitude of attractions ranging from the 1st Century Roman Fortress of Isca at Caerleon to the 12th Century Cistercian Abbey at Tintern; there are no less than 11 Major Castles, all within a 30 mile radius together with several Minor Castle sites and ruins.

Tintern Abbey West Doorway
Tintern Abbey West Door

The Town of Chepstow, with its fortifications, 15th century gatehouse and mighty Castle lies at the base of the Wye Valley; you will also find a small but interesting Museum and pottery workshop opposite the Castle.

At the top of the valley lies the Market Town and County seat of Monmouth. Packed with shops, pubs, tea-rooms and attractions its' ruined Castle is the birthplace of King Henry V of Agincourt fame. At its centre the Georgian Shirehall sits in the aptly named Agincourt Square and on the 13th Century Monnow River Bridge you will find a unique Medieval Gatehouse. More treasures are displayed at the (Admiral) Nelson Museum and the Castle and Regimental Museum documents the histories of both castle and Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers.

In between the two towns lie the lower reaches of the Wye Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with some of the most breathtaking scenery in Britain. Not far from Monmouth stands Symonds Yat Rock, well known for it's magnificent viewpoint which overlooks the beautiful scenery as the River Wye twists its' way through the gorge. This is the western edge of the Royal Forest of Dean which is home to the "Queen of Forests", one of England's few remaining ancient forests covering over 110 square kilometres of woodland.

View from Symonds Yat Rock
Symonds Yat

The Forest of Dean lies in the western part of Gloucestershire, between the rivers Wye and Severn and on the borders of Wales and Herefordshire. It is one of the most distinctive areas of Britain having a seductive charm and character that is uniquely its own. Its range of stunning landscapes and spectacular scenery has inspired artists, craftspeople, inventors, poets and playwrights, as well as the many visitors who return to the area year after year.