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While your are staying at Ysgubor Lan Bed and Breakfast you might wish to explore some of the great attractions that surround us from Local the quiet to the not so quiet.

 

Abergavenny Leisure Centre

Abergavenny Leisure Centre is within the grounds of King Henry VIII Comprehensive School.

Open seven days a week, except bank holidays

For further information telephone: 01873 735360

 

Symond's Yat

It's difficult to imagine a more picturesque part of Wales. With sweeping views over the River Wye far below, and peregrine falcons nesting in the cliff face nearby, Symond's Yat Rock is definitely worth a visit.

After visiting the rock, why not visit the local butterfly House? Or if you're feeling particularly adventurous, then hire a canoe and paddle down the Wye itself.

 

 

St Fagan's

A fantastic open air museum just outside Cardiff featuring houses, farms and miscellaneous buildings representing the heritage of Wales.

A great day out, you can usually find craftsmen practising their trades somewhere in the grounds. There are also various exhibitions such as Welsh costumes from times past.

For more information, please visit the St Fagan's website.

 

Blaenavon Ironworks and Big Pit

The Ironworks at Blaenavon is one of Europe's best preserved sites of the 18th century. This site was at the forefront of technology in the 1780's when a steam engine was installed.

Big Pit was a real coal mine which is now open to visitors. An experience not to be missed, it is possible to put yourself in the shoes of the miners who made their living hacking away at the coal face. The buildings associated with the mine are still there, including the blacksmith's workshop, the engine house and more.

http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/en/bigpit/

 

Raglan Castle

Raglan Castle  is a late medieval castle located just north of the village of Raglan . The modern castle dates from between the 15th and early 17th-centuries, when the successive ruling families of the Herberts and the Somersets created a luxurious, fortified castle, complete with a large hexagonal keep, known as the Great Tower or the Yellow Tower of Gwent. Surrounded by parkland, water gardens and terraces, the castle was considered by contemporaries to be the equal of any other in England or Wales. During the English Civil War the castle was held on behalf of Charles I and was taken by Parliamentary forces in 1646. In the aftermath, the castle was slighted, or deliberately put beyond military use; after the restoration of Charles II, the Somersets declined to restore the castle. Raglan Castle became first a source of local building materials, then a romantic ruin, Raglan castle is only a few minuets drive and worth the visit.

 

Grosmont Castle

One of the three castles in the Marches, Grosmont is a good example of a Norman motte and bailey castle. Likely to have been built in the early 12th century, the exact date of is still a matter of debate. Much of the original walls are still standing, with one stone staircase leading up onto the battlements. The 'motte' or moat is mostly dry now.
It's hard to imagine a more picturesque location for a castle. Grosmont is a good contender for the most beautiful village in Wales.

 

 

Abergavenny Castle

Abergavenny castle is one of the best examples of a motte and bailey castle in Britain. With a restored keep set on top of a man made mound, there are also enough walls remaining to show that this must have been an impressive castle when in full repair.
It has its dark tales to tell as well - in 1089 a Norman lord, William de Braose invited twenty Welsh chieftains to a Christmas meal in the castle. While they were feasting, they were executed.
The castle meadows, stretching out alongside the River Usk provide a picturesque scene at all times of the year, and the brick path makes for an idyllic walk at all times of year.

Cost: The castle grounds are free to enter, there is a small entrance fee for the keep and museum

 

Abergavenny market

Located right in the heart of the town, both figuratively and literally, Abergavenny market has long been the focus of trade through the town.

Take a stroll through the market on a Tuesday, Friday or Saturday, and you'll find tradesmen selling all kinds of goods, from local produce to finally crafted works of art. You'll also find a large number of townsfolk hunting for a bargain!

The cattle market provides an experience not to be missed - the sights, sounds (and smells!) of the livestock being traded have changed little over centuries.

Sadly, the days of the cattle market within the town centre are numbered. A new cattle market is planned for a site near Raglan which promises modern facilities with better provision for animal welfare.

 

 

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