The county town of Monmouthshire, lies in the heart of the stunning Wye Valley. This attractive Georgian market town has a rich history, and its position on the navigable River Wye has ensured its success as a wealthy trading town from the middle ages onwards.
Monnow Bridge © TAB
A number of impressive bridges span the Wye, the best of which is the 13th-c stone built bridge (shown right), the only remaining fortified bridge in Britain. The narrow gateway built across the bridge, was once used as a watchtower and jail.
Monmouth Regimental Museum, located near the ruins of an 11th-c castle on the banks of the Wye, describes the history of the Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers. It has a number of British Armoured Fighting Vehicles on display. Including the FV180 Combat Engineer Tractor. A unit that I worked on myself, whilst employed as an engineer at the Royal Ordnance Factory in Nottingham, during the late 1970s.
Kymin Hill, one mile east of Monmouth, provides excellent views across the town. It is crowned by a late 18th-c white Roundhouse and a Naval Temple built to commemorate the Battle of the Nile.
Tourist Information Centre:
|Shire Hall, Agincourt Square, Monmouth NP5 3DY - Tel: 01600 775257|