Chepstow tourist information & travel guide
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Chepstow tourist guide
Mention Chepstow and you immediately think of that most grand of horse-racing events, the Welsh Grand National. This 'border' and port town, once an important home to oak export, shipbuilding and wine importing, is the site of the Norman Chepstow Castle, one of the first stone-built castles in Wales - and one of the oldest in the UK - that dates back to immediately following the Battle of Hastings in 1066. It is also a town with a very strong artistic heritage, inspiring as it did many writers and artists including Wordsworth, Coleridge and Turner, to mention just three.
There's some great shopping and plenty of cuisine styles to choose from. There are a number of fine, traditional pubs in the town that also serve great home-cooked food. Those renting a holiday home near this fascinating town, sitting as it does at the entrance to the Wye Valley, will find it a great place to stay in Wales.
As you travel slightly more north, the ruins of Tintern Abbey need a mention, not only as one of the most detailed ruins in the UK, but its fame is noted worldwide for having been written about by William Wordsworth and painted by William Turner. It makes a lovely day out for all the family.