Abergavenny Travel Guide

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Abergavenny Things to Do

  • Abergavenny Food Festival.

    Update for 2014 Early news for this years festival. http://www.abergavennyfoodfestival.com/Every year at least 34,000 visitors flock into town for a - usually - lovely sunny weekend for the Festival that become not only an important local event but has been acclaimed as the best Food Festival in the UK. Abergavenny born Penelope Fillon, wife of...

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  • Linda Vista Gardens

    These gardens have beautiful views of Castle Meadows, the River Usk with the Blorenge beyond,and are tucked away off Tudor Terrace (at the opposite end to the entrance to Abergavenny Castle.) So very close to the Town centre but a haven of peace and beauty through out the year. Gardeners and botanists love them for the large and varied collection...

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  • Visit the castle museum

    Entry is free. It is in the grounds of the ruined castle. It is housed in a former hunting lodge. There are displays of various aspects of Abergavenny lifr from a shop, a Victorian kitchen, and a WWII air rain shelter. Permanent displays follow history from neolithic times.There is an exhibition about the new [Nov 2011] film Resistance, based on a...

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  • See the Millenium Tapestry in the Tithe...

    The Tithe Barn was started in 13th century, extended and enlarged in 14th and 17th centuries respectively. It was refurbished in 21st. Entry is free.Downstairs is a food court where lunches are served. The Upper floor houses the Millenium Tapestry, and has a small museum and an Interpretation Centre where visitors can hear tales of Abergavenny in...

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  • St Mary's Priory

    The Norman church has a double facade .It was founded in 1087 with a prior and 12 monks.With the dissolution of the monasteries, it continued as the parish church. Some ugly gargoyles can be seen under the roof.Inside has been restored. The floor has numerous flat memorial slabs dating to 18th century.In one area are marble or stone effigies . They...

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  • Abergavenny's Best Kept Secret(Stitchers...

    The Abergavenny Millennium Tapestry was started in 1999, the year in which the Tithe barn was bought by St Mary's Priory Church. It was always the intention that, when completed , the Tapestry would hang in a specially designed gallery on the upper floor of the Barn. For five years a group of 60 stitchers from the Abergavenny Tapestry Group met in...

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  • Visit the new Tithe Barn Exhibition

    The new Tithe Barn at St Mary's Proiry Church is open Mon-Sat 9.00-5.00 and Sun 11.00-4.00. Entrance is free. There is an excellent exhibition upstairs (they have a lift) with lots hands on activities for children. The Abergavenny Tapestry is also on show there and the volunteers who look after the exhibition are more than happy to talk about its...

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  • The Three Peaks Trial

    The Three Peaks Trail is a 20 Mile walk with 5000ft of assent, it's not a race (but some people do run) more a way to challenge yourself, both your fitness and map reading skills. There is a choice of four routes Bronze (Sugar Loaf) Silver (Blorenge and Sugar Loaf) Gold (Blorenge and Sugar Loaf and Skirrid) and Finally Platinum (Llanthony Priory...

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  • Grosmont Castle

    Part of the 3 Castles Grosmont is not as big as White castle nor does it take up the same area as Skenfrith but it is impressive and has it's fair share of history. It was once the scene of a daring night attack by the Welsh in 1233 and besieged by Owain Glyndwr in 1405. relief came in the person of Prince Hal (later King Henry IV)It's earliest...

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  • Partrishow church

    Welsh churches tend to be rather small and unassuming, unlike, for instance, the great English churches in counties such as Gloucestershire and Norfolk. Partrishow (or Patricio), one of the more interesting churches in Wales, is small, plain from the outside and isolated. Its most remarkable feature is the late 15th century rood screen and loft...

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  • St Marys Priory Church

    St Mary's Priory Church has been described as one of the finest churches in Wales. It contains some superb monuments and sculptures, said to be among the most important collections of any parish church in Britain. The Priory at Abergavenny was established at the end of the 11th century by the Norman lord Hamelin de Ballon to support a prior and 12...

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  • The Tithe Barn

    This fantastic building has a long and fascinating history. It dates back to the 12th century, when it was built to house the tithes (taxes) paid by the local community to the monks of St Mary’s Priory. Over the years it has been used for many different purposes, from a travelling theatre in the 17th century to a carpet warehouse and discotheque in...

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  • Skip breakfast before you have lunch...

    Update February 2010:Barbara (VT name Ranger49) informed me that this place has been an antique shop, a tea shop and a delicatessen in the meantime, and is now a used book shop. This sounds just as inviting to me as the Hungry Monk was, I just hope I can come back some time to browse through the books.After showing me St Mary's Priory Church Anne...

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  • Historic Inn

    The Skirrid is located just a short drive away from Abergavenny just outside Llanvihangel Crucorney. It is reputed to be the Oldest Inn in Wales and also one of the most haunted. In days gone by it was used as a court room with many a felon being hanged there for their crimes. Apparently you can still see grooves in a beam above the stairs where...

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  • Lovely Old Inn

    The Kings Arms is a fantastic late 16th Century coaching inn, It is situated next to were the towns West Gate would have been.In 1645, King Charles I on his retreat after the defeat at Naseby stayed at the Kings Arms and once again much later. The kings coat of arms can be seen at the front ot the Inn. This was commissioned during the 19th Century...

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  • Good food in an old Barn

    The restaurant in the restored Tithe Barn serves meals from 10am to 5pm but also caters for evening functions by arrangement. Sunday lunches are very popular and best booked in advance.The food served is mainly locally sourced and, as far as possible, Fair Trade produce is used. We have not tried the breakfasts but have enjoyed lunch time meals...

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  • A Modern take on an old style coffee...

    This popular Coffee House and Bistro Restaurant is housed in a fine old building that dates from about 1600. Originally only two storeys and of timber construction it was the Town House of the Vaughan family of Tretower Court and Castle - (currently closed for extensive works and further historical investigation;reopening Spring 2010)TretowerFor...

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  • Beautiful Location, Great Food.

    We are very fortunate to have both in Abergavenny and within in a couple of miles of the town centre many excellent eating places including prize winning chefs, and Michelin starred restaurants.But this one is Abergavenny's secret and our favourite, the one we return to again and again. Forget any idea of greasy, mass produced "pub grub".This...

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    by Myfanwe Written Mar 15, 2010

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    The Kings Arms is a late 16th Century coaching inn, giving a fine example of what much of Abergavenny would have looked like before formal Georgian modifications.

    In 1645, Charles I on his flight from defeat at Naseby stayed at the coaching inn and again much later in his flights from Oliver Cromwell and his Parliamentarians. In the 19th Century, a sculptor was commissioned to carve a coat of arms to commemorate the royal patronage. This is now restored over the front of building.

    We popped in here for a drink, it is a lovely old building with great wooden beams and a lovely looking restaurant area.

    The Kings Arms Charles II coat of arms The Kings Arms The Kings Arms The Kings Arms
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Abergavenny Transportation

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    by christine.j Updated Oct 22, 2006

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    Abergavenny is a busy market town and as such well connected by buses and trains. It's on the bus route from Cardiff to Brecon. I took the bus from Brecon and enjoyed the scenery very much.
    It's also one of the few small towns in Southern Wales where you can take a train. There is a train station for north-south bound trains. Coming from London you'd have to change in Newport.
    There are a number of trains going north to Hereford and Shrewsbury, coming from Newport and vice versa.

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Abergavenny Shopping

  • A booklover's dream!

    There was always - or I should say for a very long time - there was a wonderful antiquarian , second hand bookshop in Monk Street. I used to think some of our friends came to see us so they could go to Lockyers in Abergavenny - an apparently disorganised book emporium where sooner or later exactly what you were looking for would be found.But it...

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  • Everything for cooks and kitchens

    This shop is located adjacent to the main street in Nevill Street, one of the oldest surving parts of the town. You won't find anything to eat or drink inside this shop but you will be able to buy any item you need to produce food - from the most simple of meals, summer barbecues to grand entertaining. It is a veritable treasure trove of cooking...

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  • Everything for artists plus a slice of...

    This shop is housed in one of the oldest buildings in the main street of Abergavenny and until a few years ago it was a newsagents - with a bit of haberdashery, materials for artists and stationary thrown in.Everybody knew the two brothers who had taken over the shop from parents and grandparents. Their retirement and death left a vacuum and a fear...

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Abergavenny Off The Beaten Path

  • St Mabli's Church

    As we were driving from White Castle through the tiny village of Llanvapely we spotted this great Church and just had to stop to take a further look and were not disappointed. It is a great looking building with great architectural features. The Church was not open when we stopped by but there were some really interesting ancient stone memorials in...

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  • Estate Park Llanover

    You can walk though this Park their a right of way, their a grotto to see around the grotto there's seven springs. The Red wood Plantation with a path though it, and the pine trees top end of the park.

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Abergavenny Sports & Outdoors

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    by ranger49 Written Sep 26, 2009

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    Cycling in the UK, unlike in some of our neighbouring European countries, has until recently been a bit of a cinderella activity.However during the last 30 years there has been an increase in finance and resources to make cycling a safer and popular activity in our countryside and on our busy roads.
    Thanks to Sustrans, a registered charity, a National Cycle Network has been developed with numbered Routes.
    Routes 42 and 46 pass through and around Abergavenny .
    The routes are clearly indicated by white bike on small blue signs, with the route number displayed in red numerals in a white square. At some busy crossings cyclists may also be asked to dismount.

    A  special ornamental  marker behind the Castle Through the woods Through castle Meadows to the riverbank Along the canal Canal in winter

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Abergavenny Favorites

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    by Myfanwe Written Mar 15, 2010

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    Favorite thing: Abergavenny has some lovely shopping streets in the centre of town. Here you'll find small independant shops selling local produce together with the usual high street shops; not forgetting the great market stalls in the indoor market hall.

    Town centre shopping Market hall
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King Henry VIII Grammar School
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Admire the Great Georgian Buildings
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The Periwig Makers!
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The Cow Inn
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The Victorian Garden
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White Castle
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Gunter House
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Tithe Barn
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St. Marys
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Town Hall and Markets
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Market Street
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Fire Mark
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Rother House and other Georgian Properties
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Cow Inn
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Abergavenny Museum
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Abergavenny Castle
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Abergavenny Museum and Castle
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A 13th century Tithe Barn Revived.
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Visit the Priory Church
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Abergavenny Castle
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Climbing Sugar Loaf Mountain
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St Mary's Priory Church
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A wonderful example of 15th century carving
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