Abergavenny and its surrounding area boast a wide variety of attractions, many of which are free to visit.
Known as the Gateway to Wales, the town is surrounded by dramatic mountains, making Abergavenny a mecca for walking and cycling enthusiasts. Other popular outdoor pursuits around Abergavenny include fishing, hang gliding, golf and boating. See our What to do section for more details.
Abergavenny Castle The castle is one of the best examples of a motte and bailey castle in Britain. The museum now sits amidst the ruins of the castle and makes a wonderful spot for a picnic or a walk. (Free to enter)
The Tithe Barn A five minute stroll through the town sees you arrive at The Tithe Barn, a beautifully restored building dating back to the 12th century. Enjoy a coffee out in the courtyard, explore the exhibition and view the wonderful Abergavenny Tapestry. The Tithe Barn is part of St. Marys Priory, the church being one of the largest and finest parish churches in Wales. (Free to enter).
The Llanthony Valley Regarded by many as one of the loveliest valleys in the area, with the romantic ruins of Llanthony Abbey bordered by a long stretch of the Offa's Dyke Footpath.
Clydach, with the Clydach Ironworks now an ancient monument alongside the picturesque Clydach river
Forest Coalpit with its untouched natural beauty.
Blaenavon World Heritage Centre Blaenavon World Heritage Centre is located in two beautifully restored former industrial schools just a few miles from Abergavenny. The interactive displays and the staff at the centre can help you plan your visit to the area which incorporates the Blaenavon Ironworks built in 1789, Blaenavon Heritage Town, the Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway and Big Pit, where visitors can take a tour of the mines 300 ft below ground with a real miner.
The town has lots to occupy visitors indoors as well as out. There are numerous pubs to try and:
Baker Street Cinema newly renovated 2 screen cinema
Abergavenny Borough Theatre - part of the town hall building and dates from 1870. It presents a year round programme of professional and community productions.
Aber Rocks - an indoor bouldering centre, perfect for action-packed children over 7.
The leisure centre - large pool, squash, badminton and tennis courts, and a great gym - all of which are open to non-members. Its also worth remembering that during school holidays and on weekends, all children 16 or younger swim for free in Wales at participating facilities.
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