Wye Valley tourist information & travel guide
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Wye Valley tourist guide
The River Wye enters the Bristol Channel at Chepstow, the first town in south Wales, and the home of the only horseracing course in the principality. This medieval border town, with its superb riverside castle, is at the start/finish point of both the Wye Valley Walk and the Offa's Dyke Path, and is a lovely place to stay to explore this part of Wales. Chepstow Castle is one of the oldest in Britain and one of the first to have been built entirely of stone, and as it was in military service for 500 years shows the development of military architecture over this period. Renting a holiday cottage near Chepstow gives you a great place to stay in Wales and explore this fascinating town.
Following the Wye valley north, you come to one of the most beautiful ruins in Wales, Tintern Abbey, which is the most compete of Britain's ruined monasteries. The remains of colonnades, soaring walls, and gaping windows, have been reproduced by Turner, and praised by Wordsworth, and are extremely well-kept and a calming place to relax and reflect on the world.
The Wye leaves Wales here and returns at the literary town of Hay-on-Wye. This small town is known throughout the world of book collectors, as this is where they come to browse amongst the forty or so second-hand shops, with their hundreds of thousands of volumes. There is a title for every size of pocket and every age, and the highlight of the year is the Hay on Wye Literary Festival every May/June. If you want to rent a holiday cottage in Hay-on-Wye then there is a great selection of cottages to chose from - luxury cottages near Hay on Wye and lovely farm houses to rent near Hay.