Many of Wales's great castles and other monuments, such as bishop's palaces, historic houses, and ruined abbeys, are now in Cadw's (The Welsh Government’s Historic Environment Service) care. Cadw does not own them but is responsible for their upkeep and for making them accessible to the public. Cadw is also responsible for listing and ensuring the preservation of historic buildings and archaeological sites. Some local sites are Raglan Castle, Tintern Abbey, Chepstow Castle.

Other Sites

Caldicot Castle is administered by Monmouth CC and holds regular events, Caerleon Amphitheatre could seat up to six thousand spectators. Nowadays it is sometimes used for open air events and re-enactments. Caerleon is also home to the National Roman Legion Museum.


One of the area's best attractions is walking. You can take it easy with a slow riverside walk, or try taking on the larger hills. The Wye Valley Walk and Offa's Dyke Walk are close by, but there are also many family friendly shorter, circular walks nearby.


One of the highlights of the area is canoeing down the River Wye. Monmouth Canoe & Activity Centre provide trips on the whole 100 miles ofthe legally canoe-able length of the River Wye. Symonds Yat Canoe Hire is based at Symonds Yat which has several pubs for a riverside lunch.

Other Activities - Diving, Llangorse.

Clearwell Caves are a part of an extensive natural cave system, mined for iron ore to make one of Britain's most complex and oldest mine workings; dating back well over 4,500 years.

Puzzlewood is a unique and enchanting place. Explore a mile of meandering pathways, with its fantastic tree and rock formations, through this 14 acre ancient woodland. It has an atmosphere quite unlike any other wood you have visited. JRR Tolkien is reputed to have taken his inspiration for the fabled forests of Middle Earth from Puzzlewood.

Perrygrove As you can see there’s lots of things to do for children and grandchildren on a steam train day out at Perrygrove – not just a steam train ride but lots of other ideas for the kids including treehouses, under-cover play, and our wonderful woodland to explore.


Monmouthshire has many varied and challenging golf courses, the Ryder Cup hosting Celtic Manor Resort, Monmouth Golf Club, The Rolls of Monmouth Golf Club, St. Pierre Golf Club, Chepstow.


Monmouthshire contains hundreds of quiet lanes most of which offer spectacular views of the stretching Welsh countryside. The Sustrans cycle path that runs north and west from Llanfoist through Govilon and up to Brynmawr and the Peregrine Way to Symonds Yat. The Forest of Dean provides such varied terrain and scenery, with an extensive network of stoned roads and paths it is perfect for cyclists of all abilities.

Kingstone Brewery Award-winning Kingstone Brewery is a four barrel micro brewery based in Tintern, Monmouthshire, Wales. Their real ales are adapted from traditional recipes to suit modern palates.

Parva Farm Vineyard The vineyard produces award-winning wines, meads and sparkling wines for all occasions. The farm is open year-round for visiting - drop by and enjoy a tour of the vineyard and a chance to try the range of Welsh wine.

Monmouth Monmouth is in the heart of the Wye Valley, and, as a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is surrounded by magnificent countryside.

Chepstow Racecourse The Racecourse is host to over 250 events each year. Race Meetings, Exhibitions, the famous Sunday Market.