Monmouth Travel Guide

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Monmouth Things to Do

  • The Priory

    Founded in 1070 AD by Benedictine Monks the Priory was traditionaly connected with Geoffrey of Monmouth who wrote the 'History of the Kings Of Britain' which chronicles the coming of christianity, the departure of the Romans and the Legends of King Arthur.The Priorys Church was dedicated in 1101 and is now St Mary's Church.The Priory oriel window...

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  • Monmow Bridge

    The bridge over the river Monmow was built around 1300 and replaced an earlier wooden bridge. The gate house was built slightly later and has been used for for a great number of purposes including a gaol and a house. Untill 2004 when a new bridge was constructed across the river the Monmow bridge was the oldest road bridge in use in Europe. It has...

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  • Bridge over the River Wye

    There is a nice bridge over the River Wye that rebuilt from an older one in 1617 and widened at a later date.

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  • Monmouth School

    Monmouth School was founded in 1614 by William Jones but nothing remains of the original buildings as in 1865 the school was rebuilt. The school offers both boarding and day places as well as preparatory departments for Boys aged 11 to 18

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  • The River Wye

    The river wye has been popular since Roman times, along the side of the river near the Wye bridge you can see the remains of stone quaysides it is likely that these quays which would first have been mud then wood and finaly stone have been used since the Romans were in Monmouth.The River is now a popular venue for rowing events

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  • The Library

    The Library at Monmouth is quite a nice building it has a weather Vane in the shape of a ship which is the symbol of monmouths river heritage

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  • Old Slaughterhouse

    If you come out of the Museum or the Tourist information and turn left, walk to the end of the building and look over the railings and back to the old market Hall building you will see that the 26 arches of what was the old Slaughter house underneith the Old market hall building. It stands along the side of the River Monmow and when the road...

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  • Monmouth Museum

    The small Museum dedicated to Nelson is in a curved building that was once the Market Hall. The building also houses the Tourist information Centre. The Museum has a nice collection of Items relating to Admiral Nelson as well as some of local interest. Entrance is free and there is also a small shop

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  • Monmouth Castle

    Monmouth Castle was once a part of a highly effective Norman defensive fortress's built by William FitzOsborn. Harry of Monmouth who later became King Henry V was born here in 1387.Thje two storeyed Great Tower is the oldest remaining building and dates from the early 12th century, the remains of the great hall once used as a court room up to the...

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  • Thank goodness for modern waste...

    Just along the road from the museum, you will come to some railings overlooking the river Monnow. If you look over the railings towards the direction of the Museum you will see a series of 26 arches which were once the Slaughterhouse. Situated on the banks of the river Monnow, the river provided a convenient method of getting rid of some of the...

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  • Geoffreys Window at the Old Priory

    The Old Priory buildings were once part of the Benedictine house and are traditionally connected with Geoffrey of Monmouth whose History of the British Kings chronicles the coming of Christianity, the departure of the Romans, and the legends of King Arthur. The building's beautiful oriel window with its castellated battlements is known as...

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  • Castle House

    The Great Castle House was constructed from the original castle stone by the Marquis of Worcester in 1673. It was to replace Raglan as his family's residence in the country following the Civil War. In 1875 the house became the headquarters of the Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers, and as such, Monmouth Castle remains one of the few British...

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  • Monmouth Castle

    Monmouth Castle was established by William Fritz Osbern, Earl of Hereford, soon after the Norman Invasion of 1066, the castle was a strategically located stronghold guarding the river crossings that linked the Forest of Dean, Celtic Gwent and Archenfield. Henry V was born here in 1387. During the Civil War it was held by both the Royalists and the...

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  • Visit the Museum

    The Nelson Museum and Local History Centre is a great place to begin your visit to the Town of Monmouth. Here you'll get an insight into the Maritime history of the town. There are some really informative displays and artefact for your perusal and the best thing of all.... admission is FREE !!There is a well equipped gift shop at the entrance to...

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  • The Shire Hall

    The Shire Hall is situated in the centre of Monmouth town. It was erected in 1724, on the site of the Elizabethan market hall which it replaced, the building was designed to house two "Courts of Judicature" and a room for the Grand Jury at Assizes and Sessions. One of the most famous trials held here was that of the leaders of the Chartists,...

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  • The smallest cinema in Wales?

    If you take a walk down Church Street you will see - book shops, art and craft shops , a butcher and deli, and a fruit vegetable shop, the National Trust Shop and a smart restaurant with rooms. Almost at the bottom of the street at the Church end you will find on the left hand side the Savoy Cinema - the only cinema in the town.A theatre is said to...

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  • Canoe down the River Wye to Monmouth

    The trip down the river Wye from Symonds Yat to Monmouth is one of the most scenic river journeys in the U.K. I have made a short video of the journey down the river with my wife in our Mad River Canoe and put it on YouTube. You can canoe down to Monmouth any time in the year. We did this trip in October to see the autumn colours at their finest,...

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  • Castle, St. Mary's, Masonic Lodge, Old...

    THE CASTLE and REGIMENTAL MUSEUM, MONMOUTH Is a nice Browse You get to hold a Rifle!Opening Times : April (or Easter) to October: Daily 2 - 5pm November to March: Saturdays & Sundays 2 - 4pm Admission: Admission is free, but donations are welcomed.This small volunteer-run museum, with free admission, tells the story of the Royal Monmouthshire Royal...

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Monmouth Hotels

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Monmouth Restaurants

  • Nice Pub

    Wether you want a meal, snack or just a drink or three the nags head is a great old pub that is certainly worth a visit. It was built before 1765 and retains some great features. We called in for a drink while walking around the town following the Trail.

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  • Monmouths Oldest Pub

    We called in the Robin Hood for a drink but the food looked lovely so it is quite high up on my list of places to visit again.It is the Oldest Pub in Monmouth and dates from around 1385, it is a grade II listed building and very Olde worlde with it's low beamed ceilings.

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  • Cafe Bistro in the Courtyard

    There is no shortage of eating places in Monmouth and all tastes and occasions ae catered for. If you are looking for a simple cafe, serving light meals and snacks this is an ideal place to stop. There is an indoor eating area for cool days and tables and chairs in the shady courtyard in front. We had very tasty tuna mayonnaise sandwiches on...

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Monmouth Transportation

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    driving in Wales

    by sue_stone Written May 5, 2006

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    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 Monmouth by bus. Stagecoach Buses run regular services from Chepstow.

    There is also a National Express coach from Birmingham each day.

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