A region packed with historical interest, yet equally thriving
Rain or shine, you are guaranteed a great day out in Monmouthshire. Whether your idea of the perfect day is exploring local arts and crafts, discovering the county’s magnificent castles and monuments, pounding the many walking trails to be found in this special part of Wales or getting acquainted with the local gardens and vineyards, it’s fair to say there is something for everyone in this part of Wales. For those keen to unearth Monmouthshire’s rich history and monuments, a visit to Chepstow Castle is a must. Work started on building the castle in 1067, and as the centuries rolled by so its look evolved in line with military architecture. The castle is believed to be the oldest surviving post-Roman stone fortification in Britain and its location, overlooking the River Wye, is breathtaking.
In Monmouthshire, people take their food seriously. The picturesque county has gained the moniker ‘food capital of Wales’, and it’s not difficult to see why. Home to the largest food festival in Wales, Michelin-starred restaurants, some of the most exciting chefs in the country and with the most exquisite Welsh ingredients right on its doorstep, it’s safe to say that when it comes to food, the South East Wales county has good taste covered. Shopping fans will not be disappointed. Shopping in this part of Wales is something to be savoured. Forget grand shopping centres. While you will find the odd big brand name on the main shopping drags, the true joy here comes from exploring the many independent and family-run businesses stocking locally-made wares often inspired by the county’s heritage. From castles to food festivals, independent shopping to fun attractions to keep the kids busy, this wonderful Welsh county has plenty to offer.
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