Things To Do

Outdoor Activities

The area is superb for all sorts of outdoor activities including:

  • Road biking - take on The Tumble or Llangynidr Mountain or revel in the solitude of the Llanthony Valley.
  • Mountain biking - visit the nearby centres of Bike Park Wales or Cwm Carn or explore the local MTB trails.
  • Family cycling - visit the Forest of Dean or explore the beautiful Brecon and Monmouthshire Canal.
  • Hill Walking - climb to the top of Blorenge and enjoy the amazing views from the top of Sugar Loaf.
  • Gentle Walking - amble along level paths next to the Brecon and Monmouthshire Canal or the River Usk .
  • Climbing - the quarries & crags around nearby Gilwern Hill offer great natural climbing opportunities.
  • Waterfall Country - follow beautiful wooded gorges and marvel at the stunning waterfalls in South Wales.
  • Adventure Activities - try gorge scrambling in Clydach Gorge, rock climbing in Symonds Yat and more.
  • Canoeing - hire a canoe or kayak and paddle down the Brecon and Monmouthshire Canal or the River Wye.
  • Pony trekking - explore the slopes of the Sugar Loaf or venture into the remote Llanthony Valley.
  • Horse riding - enjoy an exhilarating hack for more experienced riders or bring your horse on holiday too
  • Golf - Abergavenny is an ideal base for a golfing holiday, boasting 2 18 hole courses

Food and Drink

Abergavenny and the surrounding area offers many options for eating out from country pubs to takeaways to Michelin star establishments.  The local pub, the Tafarn y Bont, which is a fifteen minute walk away, does good reasonably-priced food, offers a selection of real ale and cider and has a warm and inviting fire.  The newly refurbished Bluebell Inn in Glangrwney (2 miles) is a lovely venue for a special meal. The Dragons Head Inn in Llangenny is a delightful, traditional country pub with a welcoming atmosphere and delicious food.  The Angel Hotel in Abergavenny has won national awards for its afternoon teas and both The Dragon Inn and The Bear Inn in Crickhowell are real favourites.   For wonderful Italian food with a great family atmosphere, we think that Pizzorante in Abergavenny is hard to beat.

Abergavenny holds its renowned Food Festival every September.

Local Attractions

The Big Pit at nearby Blaenavon is well worth a visit and makes a fantastic rainy day option.  Retired miners take you under the ground into the mines and both entertain and shock you with their own real life accounts of life in the mines.  Amazingly, this fantastic attraction is free - although they do suggest that you make a donation. 

Other options include a mooch around the shops and coffee houses of Abergavenny or Crickhowell, a visit to Abergavenny Castle and Museum, LLanthony Priory, Raglan Castle or Tretower Court, fun at the new water slides and swimming pool complex at Ebbw Vale or a visit to the outlet village at Festival Park. The many attractions of Cardiff are less than an hour away by car and the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley are only 30 minutes drive away.  Sugar Loaf Vineyard has attractive grounds for the kids to play in while you enjoy tasting the wine whilst admiring the view from the café terrace.