Pulling into the Castle car park, I liked what I could see of this mighty fortress of Chepstow, the Castle that once guarded the route from England into South Wales for more than 9 centuries!Building commenced the year after the Battle of Hastings in 1067, in stone, an indication of the Castle’s importance. It has the earliest surviving stone keep...more
The castle is open daily from April to October 10am-5.30pm and November to March 10am -3,30 pm. Tickets cost £3.70 for adults, Concession £3.30.The castle stands on a narrow cliff top overlooking the Wye Valley.It has changed appearance over the centuries. It was begun in 1067 in stone, which is unusual for a Norman castle, by William FitzOsbern....more
The Railway Bridge was designed and built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and as a tubular Suspension bridge and is considered to be one of Brunel's major achievements as the bridge had to take the two tracks of the Railway across the river Wye but as Chepstow was a busy Port and shipbuilding town the Admiralty had insisted on a 91m (300 ft) clear span...more
Tintern Abbey, now majestic ruins, was Britain's second Cistercian abbey dating from 1131. It is only a few miles north of Chepstow on the A466 road to Monmouth. The Abbey is in a picturesque location next to the River Wye and Tintern village.The No.69 bus service leaves from Chepstow Bus Station every two hours (starting from 10.10am, I think)...more
I was tempted to make this a 'Warnings & Dangers' tip after myself and another person slipped on the church's treacherous steps!! Fortunately the second time I visited the weather was dry and sunny. To be honest, the outside of Chepstow's Anglican church is almost more interesting than the interior. The walls are built with sandstone in a variety...more
Chepstow Town Gate was originally the only gate in the 13th century Port Wall, founded by Roger Bigod, earl of Norfolk. The two storey stone gatehouse, was remodelled in the late 15th century and in 1524, the upper storey was made into a prison by Charles Somerset, earl of Worcester. It is now sadly hemmed in and hidden by other buildings and the...more
In the Limestone Cliffs on the Gloustershire side of the River you will see a small square hole. This is known as The Gloucester Hole.The small opening leads into a much larger chamber withing the Limestone cliffs. The are many stories and much speculation about it's origin and about what it has been used for such as storing Tea by the Shirenewton...more
Not stayed there,yet,quite expensive.Aimed at the buisnessmen/women market with lots of facilities....more
on A466, Tintern NP16 6SF, Wales, United Kingdom
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Solo
Opposite The castle is this hotel,lovely warm and relaxing bar/lounge,very comfortable,good food...more
Cripple Creek Inn, is where we met fellow VT'er and husband for lunch on our trip to Wale's.When Barbara suggested the Inn, I was very happy, as I had read her review and it sounded excellent.We found the Inn very easily, and parked in their carpark, and then went inside. We were the 1st to arrive, and were shown to a lovely window table.Having...more
This restaurant and take away is situsted off the main road and near the gateway. There are a few tables for those wanting to sit and eat. Takeaway is in strong cardboard boxes .Fish dishes cost around £4.50. Fried haddock. It is amazingly good and the chips are thick, none of the thin 'French fries'.more
Not the castle itself, but a local pub just opposite the Castle.We stopped here for lunch on Friday, 29 April 2011, the day of the Royal Wedding. A number of locals were inside enjoying a celebration of the wedding and waiting for the balcony moment in one section of the bar. We seated ourselves in the lower section, near the entrance.The menu...more
The Castle inn is an attractive building in a great position, right opposite the Castle in Chepstow (hence the name I suppose!!) Inside you will see some great stone walls, fireplaces and arches. We called in for a drink - I ended up being persuaded to have a cake too!! The food on the menu looked really good and I can wholeheartedly recommend the...more
This lovely pub is opposite the Castle car park and is a must if you visit Chepstow. It looks nice from the outside and it's fantastic on the inside. friendly service, great beer and some lovely food on offer in this lovely Old pub that dates from 1791. We had a few drinks in here as it was so relaxing and welcoming. Even the pub dog (Barney) was...more
We called into this great looking Inn on a recent visit to Chepstow. We had only gone in for a drink which was a good job as the Kitchen is closed at the moment but it does sound good.The pub is open from 10:00 to midnight but they will start earlier for those that have to be up early in the morning for work (details are on the breakfast loyalty...more
The Three Tuns is a fantastic looking building situated on the high street in Chepstow right next to the Castle. We called in for a drink while looking around the town. The interior of the pub is old and rustic but in need of a bit of decoration. It seemed quite popular with the locals and I imagine it's very busy on the weekend.more
The Five Alls is another pub in Chepstow that we called in on a recent visit. It is another old building and has been a pub since 1849.It reminds me of a student pub as it has advertisements for Wii competitions and Guitar Hero. The seem to play mostly rock music which suits me fine. It was early evening on a Tuesday when i went in and it was quiet...more
Been visiting Mythos for a while now, it was fine once but is now degenerating into a den of iniquity. Music blasting out so you cant hear yourself think.15 and 16 year old girls everywhere.Food rubbishDrugs being taken openly in the toiletsNever again will I visit it. The scruffier the bettermore
this greek restaurant has quite a nice open bar open i think 7 days a week live music every sunday night, except of course the sunday night we went, but great atmosphere, not bad music and looks like the upstairs is a restuarant with some good food, very busy even though it was a sunday! none that i could seemore
We are lucky to have our own car, so getting from London to Wales was very simple. We drove up via Bristol and crossed the fabulous Severn Bridge.
We found driving around Wales very easy. Roads were well sign posted and other drivers courteous - though the pace was a little slower than London!!
You can also get to Chepstow by train. Central Trains have a service from London Paddington, via Gloucester.
There are other train services available and bus as well from other Welsh towns.
Okay, I do not normally encourage visits to out-of-town superstores. But Chepstow Garden Centre is worth a passing visit because of its new neighbour, the Newhall Farm Shop. Here you can buy a wide range of quality local meat, cheeses, fruit, vegetables, jams and bread. There is also a long freezer filled with 'scoop-your-own' fruits and berries....more
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During the Summer months Chepstow has open-air art exhibitions, called Art on the Railings. They take place on the first Saturday of the month, May till October, in Beaufort Square. In July, August and September the display also fills the leafy lane next to St Mary's Church. Plenty of pointy cast-iron railings here and, when I visited, most of the exhibitors were sheltering from the wind and rain here!!
Quality ranged from excellent to dubious, professional artists to 'Sunday' painters, prices less than £20 to over £700.
Just off the A48 at Crick (aprox 4 miles West of Chepstow you can find The Ivy covered ruins of Runston Chapel standing in a cleared space that could once have been a cemetery, although there are no sign of any graves now. It is a small Norman Chapel that consists of a nave and a chancel, the arch of the chancel remains in good condition.more
Drive out of Chepstow on the A466 towards Monmouth and the road follows the River Wye through some pretty villages,including Tintern.Home of this Abbey,over 700 years old,and worth a visit.About 15 minutes from Chepstow on the right.It coats about £7 for a family ticket,its got the uaual facilities,ie toilets shops etc.smore
Just before Tintern Abbey (about 2miles)on your right theres a picnic area thats idyllic,really peaceful,lots of picnic tables,not many bins so take a bag for your rubbish.You can get some smashing photos from there,unfortunatels the weather wasnt so good when I took this photo.more
Chepstow is probably better known for it's racecourse.It is in the grounds of the Historic Piercefield Park and stages racing all year round and is the home to many important fixtures in the racing calendar including the coral Eurobet Welsh National and the Golden Daffodil Stakes among many.more
Chepstow Racecourse is a small undulating picturesque course. Because of the nature of the course viewing can be difficult at times. Plenty of money if you are a serious gambler but it isn`t necessary as you can have a good time with just a few small bets. A pair of binoculars would be a good idea to watch the horses when they are on the far side...more