Leisure in the Wye Valley
The Wye Valley or Dyffryn Gwy offers such a wonderful range of natural and historic attractions, places to eat, daytime and evening activities that it’s easy to see why it is often heralded as ‘the birthplace of modern tourism’ in Britain. Here is a taster of what is on offer today:
Food & Drink
Locally we have a fantastic range of restaurants, pubs, tearooms and cafes, some award-winning and with michelin stars, to suit all budgets and tastes.
We can provide you with a list of the local pubs and restaurants, and a range of menus to help whet your appetite.
For food and drink fans, Caldicot Castle hosts the Welsh Cider and Perry Festival in May and the Monmouthshire Food Festival in June. Also the Abergavenny Food Festival in September is just a 40 minute drive away. We also have the vineyards of Ancre Hill Estate and Parva Farm, and a superb little brewery (with great pizza nights) at Kingstone Brewery just 2 miles down the road. A little further to venture but definitely worth the trip is the Wye Valley Brewery, Westons Cider and the delectable Severn & Wye Smokery. The Penderyn Distillery nestles in the foothills of the nearby Brecon Beacons and is the best little distillery in Wales, producing the smoothest ‘wysgi’ on earth. Bliss!
Both the nearby Brockweir Community Shop and Tintern Old Station are well worth popping in for a bite to eat and to browse local art exhibits and pick up local information. Taurus Crafts has a rustic cafe, plus artisan shops, crafts and farm shop & deli. For something a bit different, how about stepping back to 1897 at Aunt Martha’s Tea Room, an authentic and very congenial Victorian Tea Room and Emporium, just north of Cinderford.
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)
- Tredegar House (National Trust)
- Caldicot Castle (Monmouthshire County Council)
- Caerwent Roman town (Cadw)
- National Roman Legion Museum (National Museum Wales)
- Penallt Art Festival
- Forest and Valley Open Studios
- Monmouth Festival
- Monmouth Walking Festival
- Chepstow Walking Festival
- Wye Valley AONB events
- Castell Roc at Chepstow Castle
- Devauden Music Festival
- 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.
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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 viewpoints and a waterfall. We have lots of guide books and maps here to borrow.
For birdwatchers the Forest of Dean and the Nagshead RSPB Reserve is known for hawfinch, crossbill, pied flycatcher and goshawk, and Yat Rock is the place to watch the peregrines hunting. The WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre is an easy one hour drive and makes a truly memorable day trip.
There are also some seriously fun sporting events to get psyched for such as the Whitebrook Wind-Up (running), the Monmouth Raft Race (watery fun), the Wiggle Wye Valley Warrior (road cycling), The Forest Warrior (gruelling obstacle course) and The Wild Boar Chase (mountain biking).
If you would like a day-out to taste city life, Bristol and Cardiff the vibrant Welsh capital, are both within an easy hour’s drive from Llandogo.
With unique attractions, top-class entertainment, historic centres, museums, restaurants and superb shopping centres there is so much to do whatever the weather.
We have brochures here to help you plan your day trip.