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What You Should Know About Abergavenny - Monmouthshire

Ananta F. Benvenuto Friday, July 23, 2010 ,
Abergavenny - Monmouthshire is a charming market town in southeast Wales, Great Britain. Located just 10 kilometers (6 miles) from the border of England, this town combines proximity to modern industrial life with the rural charms of Welsh landscapes. The town is settled between the Blorenge and Sugar Loaf mountains, as well as five substantial hills. The Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons national park are also just north of the town's border.

Due to the area's rich history, there are many historical points of interest worth visiting. Perhaps one of the best known is Abergavenny Castle, which dates back to 1075 CE and the times of the Normans. This castle was the site of many battles over it's history, during the 12th and 13th centuries, the Owain Glyndwr Rebellion, and the English Civil War.
It was during this last period that the structure suffered much of the damage seen today, so as to prevent it from being used by enemy forces.

This castle site, which overlooks the River Usk, is now home to the Abergavenny museum. The museum is built into the keep and has now been active since the 1950's. It houses relics and artifacts from the Roman fort Gobannium, as wells as pieces from the Mesolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Medieval, Early Modern, and Victorian periods. The other castles and fortifications around are Raglan Castle, Skenfrith Castle, which dates back from the 12th century, and White Castle.

Other interesting historial spots are the Monmouthshire psychiatric hospital, which now has a memorial placed to honor those who died between 1850 and 1950 at that site, St. Mary's Church, and, of course, the various Markets. St. Mary's has some areas that date back to the 12th century and was a repeated victim of the religious struggles that plagued the British Isles during the Early Modern Period. It is now a thriving and beautiful Church, although under perpetual renovations and restoration.

In terms of other activities, there is a Leisure Center, which is well-equipped for sporting people and the Wernddu golf course within a mile of the town. There are cycling paths, sailing at Llangorse Lake, pony rides in the Llangenny Valley, and a racetrack at Chepstown.

For shoppers, there are a variety of giftshops, fashion boutiques, practical stores for hardware and home goods, art and music dealers, in addition to the incredibly popular market, which is held on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Other specialized markets have their own individual schedules.

Lastly, the accomodations in Abergavenny are varied and of high quality. The main hotels are The Angel, The Swan, and the Abergavenny Hotel. Other smaller inns like the Kings Head, Kings Arms, and the Bellmont Inn are also very accessible. There are bed and breakfasts all throughout the town and camping sites just outside of the town itself. These fine accomodations should make a stay in Abergavenny an enjoyable and interesting one.

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