Castles & Abbeys
White Castle is about 5 minutes by car and a very pleasant 45-minute walk, it is also one of the three castles comprising the ‘THREE CASTLES WALK’ the other two being, Skenfrith and Grosmont both of which are in pretty little villages and both have very fine mediaeval churches.
Abergavenny castle is 5miles, Raglan, 8 miles, Tretower Court, a fortified mediaeval house is half an hour by car and the far side of Crickhowell. Some of these castles hold events such as plays, concerts etc so if you look up their websites you may find an event you wish to attend. Chepstow Castle and the Roman Towns of Caerleon and Caerwent are also within easy driving distance.
Llanthony priory is not far, about half an hour by car, it is a remote 12th Century Cistercian Abbey and has a Hotel and Bar situated in the old ruins, well worth a visit, similarly, Abbeydore near to Ewyas Harold which also holds events. Round the corner is Abbeydore Court where the garden is open to the Public and it has a very nice Tearoom open April to September.
Big Pit Blaenavon is about half an hour away, is entirely free and you experience going underground in a former working mine and seeing what it was like for Miners hauling coal from underground. Tintern Abbey and Clearwell caves are about 45 minutes to an hour away. Hereford and its lovely Cathedral is 45 minutes or an easy train ride from Abergavenny station, as is Ludlow with its famous black and white Feathers Hotel and the Castle where Henry viii s’ elder brother, Arthur was born and where the ‘princes in the Tower’ stayed before being taken to London and to their death.