Crickhowell Travel Guide

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Crickhowell Things to Do

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    by himalia11 Written Oct 6, 2013

    The Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal is a canal running from Newport to Brecon. The canal was abandonded in 1962, but partly reopened several years later. It's a short walk from Crickhowell to the canal, on the other side of the Usk river above the village Llangattock. Interestingly the canal lies much higher than the river. There's a nice towpath along the canal and although it's framed by many trees and bushes you have some lovely views from some places.

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    by himalia11 Updated Oct 6, 2013

    North of the town is a mountain that quickly attracts your attention as its top looks like it was cut. It's therefore called Table Mountain. The Welsh name for this is Crug Hywel, and now you can see where the town name "Crickhowell" comes from! There's an Iron Age hill fort on the top, and some footpaths go up to it. I wish we could have spent more days in Crickhowell to climb up there!

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    by himalia11 Written Oct 6, 2013

    Crickhowell Castle was built by the Normans in the early 13th century and destroyed in the 15th century. What is left today are only the remains of a large tower while the shell-keep was found on the motte. It's a pity that there's so few left!
    The ruins are found in a little park, and from the hill you have a nice view on the town and landscape.

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    The Dragon Inn was one of the best restaurants I've been at in Wales. My husband had chicken wrapped with ham, with potatoes, tomato, aspargus and bearnaise sauce, and I had pork tenderloin with mustard sauce, vegetables and something called "bubble and squeak". To me that sounded pretty weird, but the friendly waiter explained to me that this is mashed potatoes & vegetables (in this case mainly carrots). Interesting. In any case both dishes were very good!

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    by himalia11 Written Oct 6, 2013

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    The Bear Hotel was the only restaurant in Crickhowell that was open on Sunday, so it was pretty full. It's a nice place, a half-timbered house, pretty comfortable, and food was good. I only was a bit surprised to find some fish on the Cesars Salad together with chicken, but it was okay. The only disadvantage was that you only could order food after 7pm, so as soon as it was 7pm the people started to queue up at the bar.

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    The Bear Hotel

    by Myfanwe Written Jun 1, 2010

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    We called in here for a drink while having a quick walk around Crickhowell. The Bear Hotel is a great place with lots of comfy seating areas in the bar area and a fabulous looking menu. It looked like you could eat from the bar menu and sit by the tables in the bar or there was a more formal looking restaurant area towards the rear of the bar which comprised of a number of little elegant rooms for those who want to eat more formally. Those eating in the bar near to where we were sitting recived a great service from the waiters/waitresses. I'd love to try the food here and will make a bee line for it, next time I'm hungry and in the area!!

    There is a reasonably sized car park at the rear of the hotel, just drive through the arch which has 'Post horses' written above it!

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