Abergavenny the natural gateway to the Brecon Beacons National Park.
Abergavenny is a popular walking and outdoor activity destination, and for history enthusiasts the recently designated Blaenavon Industrial Landscape World Heritage Site, which includes the tranquil Monmouth and Brecon Canal, is right on the doorstep. There is also a rich religious local heritage. St Mary's Priory Church has an impressive collection of medieval monuments including the famous Jesse carving, and nearby Partrishow Church has a beautiful carved oak chancel screen and gallery. The Holy Mountain (Skirrid Fawr) is associated with much religious legend whilst the grandeur of Llanthony Abbey, set amidst the mountains, has inspired visitors for centuries.
Hospitality and Tourism are both vitally important industries for Abergavenny, and the county as a whole and while so many towns are seeing their shopping areas hollowed out, it is a delight to see the way that Abergavenny's is thriving. As any business moves, there seems to be an enthusiastic new business ready to move in. visitors come to Abergavenny because there is interesting shopping including the weekly markets.
Abergavenny is a lively town, with lots going on and the arts scene is no exception. The town and the immediate area offer a fine range of drama and musical performance, as well as art and crafts of the very highest quality. Alongside the professional activity, there are ample opportunities for amateurs of all ages and skill levels to hone their expertise, to express themselves, and to be seen and heard.
Abergavenny Food Festival Goes Global It's the liveliest, most cultured and quirky food festival in the country.Described as the 'Glastonbury of Food Festivals' (Carole Cadwalladr, Observer Food Monthly, September 2005), the eighth Abergavenny Food Festival will take place over the weekend of Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September 2006. If you're passionate about food then here’s a chance to meet a growing artisan class of skilled producers, farmers and cooks with zeal for the real thing. It will be a sensory delight with well over a hundred market stalls, masterclasses, demonstrations, tutored tastings, walks and talks. details for Abergavenny food festival
Abergavenny Castle is situated within the town of Abergavenny. It is a picturesque ruin set against a backdrop of the mountains which surround this area.
The castle dates from around 1087 which at that time was a wooden construction upon a steep hillock surrounded by a ditch.As the seat of the medieval lords of Abergavenny, the castle was the focus for over three centuries of border warfare.In 1175 it was the scene of the infamous massacre of the Welsh chieftains by the Norman lord, William de Braose. From about 1190 the Normans began rebuilding the castle in stone.The castle and its grounds have been open to the public since 1881.Within the ruins is a restored 19th hunting lodge which is now the local museum containing local artifacts, a Victorian Welsh farmhouse kitchen, and a saddlers workshop.
The town offers a huge range of types of accommodation - whether you want somewhere to pitch your tent, or a luxury room in a Country House Hotel, they have just the thing. With the glorious Brecon Beacons to the west and the enchanting,Wye Valley to the east, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy yourself round Abergavenny. Activities range from hang-gliding and canoeing to walking, fishing and lots else more (including a great deal of history - from the Romans through the Normans and the Civil War to today).