An Hour Away

More things to do less than an hour away

With Abergavenny as your holiday base you’re ideally placed to explore attractions across South Wales and in the Welsh Marches.

A visit to Big Pit and the World Heritage Site Blaenavon Ironworks (just 20 minutes’ away) is a great day out for the family. Or further afield, in the west of the Brecon Beacons National Park are Dan-yr-Ogof caves and the beautiful, unspoilt ‘waterfall country’ of the less-visited area of the Park (less than an hour away). While you’re there you could take in a trip to the Penderyn Distillery, home of Welsh single malt whisky.

Below are more ideas for things to do, all less than an hour away. Enjoy!

Cardiff Millenium Centre

Visit Wales’ capital city

Cardiff boasts attractions including the National Museum and art gallery, Wales Millennium Centre for shows, opera, ballet and more and the Millennium Stadium for rugby and huge concerts.

There’s also Cardiff Castle and for sci-fi fans the Doctor Who Experience  in Cardiff Bay to name a few.

Abbey

Head to the beautiful Wye Valley

Why not head to the beautiful Wye Valley and see the beautiful monastic ruins of Tintern Abbey made famous by a painting by JMW Turner. There are great for walks and beautiful views all along the Wye Valley, On down river is Chepstow Castle, one of the earliest Norman castles in Britain, also a must-see.

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Enjoy the towns of the Brecon Beacons

Turning West into the Brecon Beacons National Park as well as great walking, the towns of Brecon, Talgarth and Hay-on-Wye are all worth a visit. You could take in a concert at Brecon Cathedral, visit the restored watermill and café in Talgarth and browse the bookshops and boutiques in Hay.

Visit Monmouth

Monmouth is just 15 minutes away from Abergavenny. It’s home to smart boutiques, cafes, pubs and the beautiful Monnow Bridge and River Wye. Don’t forget to check out what’s on at its small gem of a theatre too – you’ll find comedy and arts productions at the Savoy Theatre.

Take a trip to Newport

In Newport visit Tredegar House, a National Trust-owned 17th century mansion in a 90-acre park. Step inside and tour the house – there is a regular programme of events and child-friendly activities.

Discover Roman Caerleon

There are amazing Roman remains to be seen less than an hour away in Caerleon , near Newport (a Roman fortress and baths) – kids will enjoy running round the amphitheatre!