Leisure in the Wye Valley
The Wye Valley or Dyffryn Gwy is often referred to as ‘the birthplace of modern tourism‘ in Britain and, with the wonderful range of natural and historic attractions, places to eat out, events and activities, it’s easy to see why. Here is a taster of what is on offer today: Food & Drink
Attractions & Events
There are many attractions and events here in the Wye Valley all year round. Here are a few to give you a taster:
- Tintern Abbey (Cadw)
- Goodrich Castle (English Heritage)
- Chepstow Castle (Cadw)
- Raglan Castle (Cadw)
- Caldicot Castle (Monmouthshire County Council)
- Caerwent Roman town (Cadw)
- National Roman Legion Museum (National Museum Wales)
- Tredegar House (National Trust) near Newport
Events (just a few of many in 2018):
- Wye Valley AONB events – year round
- Chepstow Walking Festival – 4th > 8th April
- Annual Plant Sale – St. Briavels Pavillion 10:30-12:30, 21st April
- Devauden Music Festival – 18th & 19th May
- Wye Valley River Festival – Grand finale 19th May here in Llandogo!
- Usk Open Gardens – 20+ gardens around Usk, 23rd & 24th June
- Annual Forest Open Studios Art Trail – 7th > 15th July
- Folk on the Lawn – Tintern, 19th > 22nd July
- The Green Gathering – Chepstow Racecourse, 2nd > 5th August
- Monmouth Festival – 27th July > 4th August
- Castell Roc at Chepstow Castle – 16th August > 2 September
- Penallt Art Festival – 30th August > 2nd September
- MonDean Walking Festival – 1st > 9th October
- Chepstow Racecourse – racing fixtures and big names in music
- Puzzlewood – Magical woodland and famous film set.
- Clearwell Caves – 4,500 years of mining history.
- Dewstow Gardens – Underground grottos and lakes.
- Humble by Nature – Educational courses at Kate Humble’s farm
The Wye Valley and nearby Royal Forest of Dean offer a huge range of activities from canoeing, clay-pigeon-shooting, cycling, fishing, fly-boarding, golfing, horse-riding, kayaking and mountain-biking to Tarzan swings, rock-climbing, SCUBA diving, segway, water-walking and wire-zip-slide. And that’s all within a 15 mile radius of Llandogo. Have a look at these websites for more information:
For some breathtaking hill hiking and beautiful waterfalls the Brecon Beacons National Park is only 25 miles, or a 30 minute drive away, while the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal provides gentle walking with stunning views and great pubs. And we do have some unbeatable hiking here on our doorstep. Both the Offa’s Dyke National Trail and the Wye Valley Walk can be reached from our door. A favourite walk is the Wordsworth Walk, a 3 mile circular through pretty woodlands, climbing in the footsteps of William Wordsworth to bench viewpoints and a waterfall. We have lots of guide books and maps here to borrow.
- Wild Wye Swim (long-distance swim)
- Monmouth Challenge Aquathlon (swim/run)
- Whitebrook Wind-Up (running)
- Devauden Races (running)
- Forest of Dean Half Marathon
- Monmouth Raft Race (watery fun)
- Wiggle Wye Valley Warrior (road cycling)
- Brewin Dolphin Wye Tour (road cycling)
- The Forest Warrior (gruelling obstacle course)
- The Wild Boar Chase (mountain biking)
- Wye Valley Challenge (Arthritis Research UK charity walk)
If you would like a day out to taste city life, both Bristol and Cardiff the vibrant Welsh capital, are within an easy hour’s drive from Llandogo. Also Hereford (with its beautiful cathedral) and Gloucester (with historic docks), make great day trips. With unique attractions, historic centres, docks and waterways, museums, restaurants and superb shopping centres they particularly make good wet weather destinations. We have brochures here to help you plan your city day trips.