Abergavenny tourist information & travel guide
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Abergavenny tourist guide
If you are interested in a food festival said by many to be the food equivalent of the FA Cup Final, then Abergavenny is for you. Usually held in early Autumn, it's a veritable feast of epicurean delight, taking in all aspects of food and drink.
Annual food festival aside, Abergavenny is very much the natural gateway to the Brecon Beacons National Park, with Sugar Loaf, Blorenge and Skirrid Fawr mountains surrounding it. Its position means it has always been an important market town, and this is reflected in the current range of retail, food, farmers, antique and craft fairs held in the town's market hall.
Abergavenny is acknowledged by many to be rich in religious heritage, a position maintained by St Mary's Priory Church, home of, amongst other artifacts, famous Jesse carving. Skirrid Fawr, the Holy Mountain, is the origin of many religious legends and the Llanthony Priory, now a ruin, has provided much motivation to religious writers and theologians over the centuries.
For walkers and explorers keen on history, the Blaenavon Industrial Landscape World Heritage Site starts nearby the town and includes the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal.
Moving to the centre of the county, the lovely yet unusually bustling village of Raglan lies between the Wye and Usk valleys.
The centre piece for the visitor is the wonderful Raglan Castle, perhaps one of the most modern of all Welsh Castles, dating back to the 15th Century and famous for being the site of one of the longest sieges seen during the English Civil War, a war that was rather unkind to its walls. June sees a wonderful rock, jazz, blues and classical music and dance festival held there each year, with a star studded gala held in the town's main hotel. The town is also well known for regularly winning Wales in Bloom awards for its fabulous floral displays.
If you are on a self-catering holiday and fancy making your own gourmet meal 'at home' there are regular farmers' markets in Abergavenny (4th Thursday each month) as well as in Brecon (second Saturday each month). They both have the freshest of produce, much of it locally grown, and being sold by the people who have produced it you will often be invited to taste before you buy.
At these farmer's markets you will find exceptional quality mountain lamb (keep a watch out for the local speciality Brecknockshire Cheviot), Welsh venison, local beef, and a variety of smoked products. You'll also find local cheeses such as Y Fenni (Welsh for 'Abergavenny') or St Illtyd, as well as cider, apple juice, mineral water and delicious ice cream. There are also many cafes, pubs and restaurants close to Abergavenny and The Walnut Tree at Llandewi Skirrid is not too far away.
For those wanting to trace the steps of Marty Wilde's 1968 hit song 'Taking a Trip Up to Abergavenny', the town has been often cited as the "traditional gateway to Wales and the Brecon Beacons National Park". It's a charming market town not only on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park but also near the wonderful Welsh Marshes. Although a compact town by all accounts, it is nevertheless a bustling commercial centre offering the visitor a staggering choice of independent shops that cry out to be browsed in.
The town, situated on a flood plain, is surrounded by some magical mountainous scenery including the Blorenge that proudly dominates the skyline and just outside the town the famous Sugar Loaf.