Our guide to Abergavenny

Together, our towns and villages reflect our history and heritage as a mining, quarrying and farming region and our role as custodians of a beautiful region of hills, valleys, lakes and waterways. Our towns and villages also offer great places to stay, eat, shop, fix up outdoor activities and chat about things to see and do. Find out more here.

This weeks guide is Abergavenny/Y Fenni

Abergavenny from the Blorenge mountain with skirrid in the backgroundThere’s a real buzz to Abergavenny on market day, whether you’re here for the weekly Tuesday market, the Wednesday Flee Market or the Farmer’s Market, held on the fourth Thursday of every month.

As an important historic market town in the heart of lush farming country, it’s no surprise that this bustling town has an excellent reputation for its food and the quality of its local produce. It’s also conveniently situated for visiting the fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site of Blaenavon (Blaenafon Safle Treftadaeth Byd), just a few miles away.

Every September, Abergavenny attracts food enthusiasts from all over the UK, who gather here to attend one of the country’s best known and most popular food festivals. Started over ten years ago, the Abergavenny Food Festival (Gwyl Fwyd y Fenni) now showcases some of the biggest names in the food and restaurant sectors, with talks, cookery demonstrations, visits to local food producers and scores of stalls selling fresh, regional produce. Click here for things you must do at Abergavenny Food Festival 2017.

Credit:Abergavenny Food festival

The Abergavenny area is also famous for its many excellent restaurants, so whether you’re looking for a simple meal in a country pub or fine dining in elegant surroundings, you’re bound to find something in the region to suit you!

Sit back and relax with a cup of coffee and a slice of cake – there are many independent cafes and coffee shops in Abergavenny. Just wander round town and take your pick!

Places to visit & things to do in the town:

Abergavenny Castle & Museum (01873 854282) Free admission. The castle is one of the best examples of a motte and bailey castle in Britain

Castle Meadows, a lovely place for a gentle stroll by the River Usk while enjoying magnificent views of the mountains.  Find out more about the walk here.

St Mary’s Priory Church & The Jesse Tree – reputed to be one of the finest medieval wood carvings in the world. Next door is the newly refurbished Tithe Barn believed to the oldest such barn in Wales, which houses the magnificent Abergavenny Tapestry and a state of the art interactive exhibition. Free admission (01873 858787)

Linda Vista’ open gardens since 1843. The gardens feature some rare orchids and enjoy stunning views across the Castle Meadows to the Blorenge Bailey Park located in the centre of the town, the park has a children’s play area and is home to Abergavenny Rugby Football club.

Places to Eat:

The Angel Hotel: Visit us for the most fantastic high tea, or a fabulous lunch or supper!

The Art Shop and Chapel: We serve everyday, simple and delicious food. We make granolas, yoghurts and compotes, jams, marmalades and curds. The menu has generally evolved from our garden produce, using pickles, preserves, cordials, chutneys and bottled fruit all made in our kitchen. A variety of wholesome breads are made daily – rye and gluten free. We generally use less dairy and wheat in our recipes. Biodynamic wines are available, craft ales and small batch roasted speciality coffees.

Pizzorante:Hand-stretched pizzas and pasta dishes in stylish, open-kitchen restaurant with exposed roof-beams.

The Hardwick: Friendly laid-back feel with outstanding restaurant

Here are 7 great ideas for days out, things to do and places to see in and around Abergavenny.

Click the links to download PDF itinteraries – or pick up a hard copy of the Trails & Tales brochure from Abergavenny Tourist Information Centre.

  1. Heritage, views and a Vineyard
  2. Experience our industrial history
  3. Visit the beautiful churches of the Black Mountains
  4. A day out exploring and experiencing Abergavenny
  5. A morning’s bike ride and an afternoon’s retail therapy
  6. Work up an appetite around Abergavenny
  7. Fun and exciting Trails and Tales for all the family.

The Abergavenny Tourist Information Centre, Swan Meadow, Cross Street, Abergavennny, Monmouthshire NP7 5HH (01873 853254, or email Click to email).

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