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Abergavenny

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About Abergavenny

Abergavenny is a beautiful and bustling market town at the foot of the Brecon Beacons. Long considered to be the Gateway to Wales, she is famous for her gastronomic delights, wealth of history and amazing hiking trails, making her an ideal destination for a weekend getaway. Surrounded by tall green hills, filled with charming markets and peppered with castle ruins, the best places to stay in Abergavenny will ensure that this picturesque little town will always retain a special place in your heart.

Abergavenny is much like Rome in that she nestles between seven hills. One of them, Blorenge, overlooks the town and is one of the best paragliding spots in the UK, and it is from these hills that Abergavenny's world-renowned mountain lamb, beef and venison come: far from being siphoned-off and sold to Cardiff and London, much of this produce is sold in local pubs, restaurants, hotels and of course, the local markets. In Abergavenny, there is a market every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, where you can find everything from bric-a-brac and antiques to Usk Valley cheeses and Welsh whiskey. A Mecca for foodies, Abergavenny hosts an annual autumnal food festival too, which is a must-see.

As for historic sites, you are spoilt for choice. Atop a small hill in the centre of town is Abergavenny Castle, formerly a Norman fortlet and now a museum; further afield is Raglan Castle, the home of the young Henry VII and by Chepstow is a Norman fortress. For Roman remains, Caerleon makes for a great day out: down the River Usk, the town stands on the site of a Roman amphitheatre and a legionary fortress, as well as an Iron Age hillfort. Speaking of prehistory, just outside Crickhowell is another Iron Age hillfort sitting atop Table Mountain, a great place for long walks and gorgeous views.

Not to miss

  • Markets: you cannot miss the weekly markets in Abergavenny, held on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, boasting everything from prime local venison and cheeses to rare antiques and bric-a-brac.
  • Museums: the Abergavenny Museum, situated in a Norman castle atop a hill, is a must-see and provides fascinating artefacts detailing the town's rich history.
  • Historical sites: there are many Iron Age hilltop forts around, including in Crickhowell and at Caerleon, where there is also the remains of a Roman amphitheatre and baths. Raglan Castle, just 10 minutes out-of-town, is a great place to explore as is Chepstow Castle, a Norman fortress.
  • Hiking: at the foot of the Brecon Beacons, Abergavenny is perfectly located for long rambles through wild hill-country. Table Mountain, by Crickhowell, has some great views and is a rewarding hike. For the braver among you, you should check out Blorenge Mountain, overlooking the town, that is a popular spot for paragliders.

Abergavenny is a charming market-town with a lot to explore, whether it's ruined castles or Roman remains, wholesome food or beautiful hiking spots, and the best places to stay in Abergavenny will give you a true taste of Wales.

The best places to stay in Abergavenny

In town

  • The Angel Hotel: a stylish family-ran hotel in the centre of town, offering 35 beautifully decorated rooms and several restaurants. Ideal for a weekend away.

Country retreat

  • The Hardwick: a charmingly converted country pub, offering 8 rooms and a critically-acclaimed gourmet restaurant. Great base for rambles through the countryside.

For an apartment or cottage

  • Our partner Booking.com has a wide range of cottages and apartments in the nearby area.

Travel information

  • Fly to Cardiff and get a bus or train to Abergavenny.
  • If you want to rent a car, contact our partner Rentalcars.
  • The best time to go is during the summer months: in July the temperature reaches 19 degrees. If you're a foodie, go in mid September.

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Best Hotels in Abergavenny

  • The Angel Hotel 35 rooms from £111

    Abergavenny (Monmouthshire)

    The family run Angel Hotel, located in the centre of Abergavenny offers stylish, well decorated rooms, fine dining and a fantastic base on the edge of the Brecon Beacons. A lovely wedding venue with private Castle Cottage and a 10min drive from partner Michelin-starred restaurant the Walnut Tree.

    Cycling  -  Cyclists are well catered for in both Blaenavon World Heritage Site and the Brecon Beacons National Park.
    Other Activities  -  Dozens of local gardens open as part of the National Garden Scheme.
    Sights nearby  -  Spend a whole day in Blaenavon World Heritage Site
    Great walks  -  On the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
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  • The Hardwick 8 rooms from £120

    Abergavenny

    A converted pub featuring contemporary rooms and a highly acclaimed restaurant. Simple and clean in design, rooms have floor to ceiling windows, white washed walls and modern bathrooms. A creative British menu focuses on local produce. A charming country escape.

    Foodies  -  A highly acclaimed Welsh restaurant showcasing the best of the local produce.
    Country Escape  -  This place is all about long walks, cosy fireplaces and superb food.
    Great walks  -  With the Brecons on your doorstep find miles of hiking trails to be explored.
    Sailing  -  Hire a narrowboat for the day and cruise along the scenic canal.
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