Abergavenny, Wales Tourist Attractions
The small market town of Abergavenny on the eastern edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park marks the start of the "Head of the Valleys Road" (A465), which extends along the impressive stretch at the northern end of the "Valleys" as far as Swansea. Built in about 1100, but subsequently renovated several times, the castle now houses a museum devoted to local history.
About 8mi/13km east of Abergavenny is imposing Raglan Castle. Originally Norman, but extensively renovated in the 15th century, it is the last surviving medieval fortress in Wales. The hexagonal tower is Norman and offers marvelous views. Towards the end of the 15th century famous representatives of Welsh poetry and song met at the castle. In 1646 the Marquis of Worcester defended the castle, in which Charles I found refuge, against Fairfax. A little later Cromwell had it torn down.Some features of the Great Tower are more typical of the architecture in Northern France. A Raglan exhibition is situated in the Closet Tower.
This castle, accompanied by Grosmont and White Castle, is one of the Three Castles that was responsible for defending the routes between England and Wales through the open country between the Wye valley and the Black Mountains. It also acted as a key defensive position for defense along the Monnow river.Completely redesigned after Hubert de Burgh leveled the earlier Norman fortress, the current castle of stone is designed with noticeable influence from French fortresses.
Built upon the site of a medieval hall, this fine manor house was once under the lordship of Abergavenny, and later by Rhys Morgan.Of particular note in the buildings design are the plaster ceilings, portraits and furniture and Renaissance staircase.
Abergavenny Museum & Castle
The Abergavenny Museum chronicles local history from Prehistoric and Roman times to present. The museum is set in the ruins of Abergavenny Castle which was the site of the infamous Christmas Day 1175 massacre of Welsh Chieftains by Norman Lord, William de Braose.
Grange Trekking Centre
The center offers numerous different rides through the Vale of Ewyas for riders of all abilities. Welsh cobs are used to ride up to the tops of local mountains. Instruction is also provided.The center is approved by the Wales Trekking and Riding Association and is a Wales Tourist Board accredited activity center.
Llantilio Crossenny - White Castle
White Castle was one of the Three Castles designed to protect the open lands between the Wye Valley and the Black Mountains. Construction of this Norman castle began in 1180 and later additions were made during the 13th century. The name is most likely derived from the white plaster which once covered its walls.
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), Christmas Eve - Christian (Dec 24), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25), Day after Christmas, St Stephen's Day, Boxing Day (Dec 26)
Entrance fee: FREE
Festival of Music and Drama
This annual four-day festival takes place in late May.
Grosmont Castle in Gwent, Wales, is located near Pontrilas, which is in the English county of Hereford and Worcester.