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Monmouthshire
Monmouthshire

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Monmouthshire

Visit Monmouthshire

In their bid to control the borderlands of Monmouthshire – also known as the Marches – the Normans built a triangle of castles: Grosmont, Skenfrith and White. At first, they were simple wooden structures strengthened by earthworks, but when the lively Welsh refused to stop attacking them, it was decided more permanent fortresses were needed. All three are worth a visit and the views from the battlements at White Castle over the surrounding countryside to the Black Mountains are stunning, as is all the scenery in this area – consisting of a patchwork of low hills, hidden valleys, fields criss-crossed with hedgerows and small belts of woodland.

Monmouth itself makes a great base to explore the beautiful Wye Valley, as well as being known as the home of Rockfield Studios, where Queen recorded Bohemian Rhapsody in 1975. The largest town in the county, Abergavenny is creating a name for itself as the foodie capital of the Usk Valley, and has held a weekly cattle market on the same site since 1863. Its location just six miles from the English border means it’s often described as the ‘gateway to Wales’.

Recommended in Monmouthshire

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Angel Hotel

AA Hotel of the Year for Wales – a former coaching inn where guest comfort and enjoyment are top priority.
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Parva Farmhouse Riverside Guest House

A friendly and relaxed family-run guest house with far-reaching views of the valley.
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The Whitebrook

A former drivers' inn surrounded by soaring trees in the lush Wye Valley.