Monnow Bridge
Monnow Bridge, © Travel About Britain

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.

A number of impressive bridges span the Wye, the best of which is the 13th century Monnow Bridge in Monmouth (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 century 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 a FV180 Combat Engineer Tractor, which 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 century 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

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Other Towns and Villages in South East Wales

Bridgend , Abertillery , Caerphilly , Cardiff , Merthyr Tydfil, Neath, Port Talbot, Ferndale, Pontypridd , Swansea , Pontypool , Abergavenny, Chepstow, Monmouth, Newport, Barry, Cowbridge, Llantwit Major, Penarth

Atractions and Places to Visit in South Wales

Attractions & Heritage Parks:
Blaenavon | The Big Pit | Caerleon Roman Fort | Caerwent Roman Town | Cosmeston Medieval Village | Dolaucothi Gold Mines | Kidwelly Industrial Museum | Melin Tregwynt Mill | National Roman Legion Museum | Oakwood Park | Rhondda Heritage Park | St Fagans Museum | Old Station Tintern
Gardens & Historic Houses:
Aberglasney Gardens | Bedwellty House | Colby Garden | Dyffryn Gardens | Gnoll Estate | Llancaiach Fawr | Margam Country Park | National Botanic Garden | Scolton Manor | Parc Howard | Tredegar House
Nature, Wildlife & Scenic Sites:
Afan Forest | Craig-y-Nos | Cwmcarn Forest | Dare Valley | Gower Peninsula | Parc Bryn Bach | Pembrokeshire Coast National Park | Vale of Neath | Wye Valley
Castles, Monuments & Abbeys:
Caerphilly Castle | Caldicot Castle | Carreg Cennen Castle | Carew Castle | Castell Coch | Cilgerran Castle | Coity Castle | Dryslwyn Castle | Dinefwr Castle | Lamphey Bishop's Palace | Laugharne Castle | Llansteffan Castle | Llanthony Priory | Llawhaden Castle | Neath Abbey | Newcastle | Ogmore Castle | Old Beaupre Castle | Raglan Castle | Tintern Abbey | White Castle

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