With the Grange being located in the heart of this wonderful market town, with it’s legendary Food Festival, you won’t be bored for a minute. If you want a holiday indoors catching up with family and friends it’s perfect: so much space on site and so much to do you need never leave (and if you do, imagine coming home to the sauna and hot tub – wonderful). However, if you’re active and want to be out and about, it’s equally good: the Brecon Beacons are right on the doorstep for amazing walking, or you can spend time in town sampling the market, museum, castle, shopping, vineyard, climbing centre, Hidden Garden, cinema, theatre………. the list goes on. Ample pubs and restaurants within walking distance – no need for a designated driver here.
Take a look at the links below to see what’s available nearby.
Close at hand
Abergavenny Market – The Town hall dates back to 1807, providing a meeting place for local council discussions, the Theatre has been entertaining the town for centuries. The ground floor provides a spacious arena for the indoor market.
Abergavenny Museum – Set in Abergavenny Castle, the museum has some excellent exhibits of Abergavenny memorabilia and history with a program of activities for children and it’s free to enter.
Linda Vista Gardens –Looking across the Castle Meadows toward the Blorenge, the garden was first opened to the public in 1843. Some extremely rare orchids and shrubs can be found within the garden, as well as the more usual plants and flowers which make up the glorious displays.
Castle Meadows – Take a stroll past the castle and into the castle meadows which take you quietly past the River Usk and to the river bridge at Llanfoist a popular area for picnics, dog-walking, and handgliders landing from the Blorenge.
Sugarloaf Vineyard – Offering superb wines . Take a walk around the vineyard, soak up the views, then head back to the gift shop to soak up some samples! Location: about a mile from the town centre.
Castles – Abergavenny is well served by castles – as well as its own Norman keep, there are Skenfrith, Grosmont, Whitecastle and Raglan Castles all within a few miles of each other. Situated on the Marches, this area was a key line of defense/attack for the Normans. The castles date from the end of the 11th century.
A well marked path known as the ‘three castles walk‘ links the three castles at Grosmont, Skenfrith and Whitecastle.
Abergavenny Food Festival – Plays host to some of the brightest lights of the food world
Abergavenny Leisure Centre – Abergavenny Leisure Centre is situated on the edge of Abergavenny town on the comprehensive school campus, facilities include swimming pool, sports hall, fitness suite, fitness classes, squash courts, astro turf pitch and dedicated customer free parking.
Big Pit – National Coal Museum – Discover Wales’s rich mining heritage in this amazing award-winning interactive museum complete with underground tour.
Treasure Trails – Treasure Trails are a fun and hugely popular way to explore the villages and towns in the area. Solve the intriguing clues which can be found on buildings, statues, monuments and plaques, revealing fascinating history and beautiful scenery.
Out and About
There are plenty of day trips that can be made from Fairlea Grange to make the most of your time in Abergavenny. Why not visit Dan-yr-ogof Show Caves for an underground spectacle (1hr drive) Or head for the beach – The Mumbles on the Gower pensinsula (1.5hr drive).
If you’re interested in history, visit the Roman Fortress and Baths at Caerleon (30 min drive), or , head for Tintern Abbey(45 mins). Check out a medieval map in Hereford (40 min drive), and if you’ve got time afterwards pop into the Cider Museum. You could also visit the Penderyn Whisky Distillery . Take your mountain bike up a real mountain atBikeParkWales (30 mins by car), or head to Llangorse Lake for water-based fun. If you want something at a quieter pace, find yourself something to read at one of the many bookshops in Hay-on-Wye, and stop by one of the cafés for a bite to eat.
Don’t forget Cardiff, the capital of Wales of course, where you could take in a rugby match at the Millenium Stadium, see a show at the Millenium Arts Centre, see dinosaurs at the National Museum, discover science at Techniquest or do some shopping on the high street.
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