The pretty market town of Abergavenny is surrounded by mountains and makes a great base from which to explore the Bannau Brycheiniog. It also has plenty of attractions of its own and is a perfect destination for a weekend break.



1. Climb the Sugar Loaf

Overlooking Abergavenny, the Sugar Loaf Mountain is truly spectacular. Carved out of the iron-rich red sandstone, it is a haven for wildlife. There are a choice of walks to the summit, some more taxing than others, where you’ll be rewarded with the most glorious view of the Bannau Brycheiniog, and South West England. 


2. Enjoy wine tasting at Sugar Loaf Vineyards

Hidden away at the foot of the great Sugar Loaf Mountain are the most picturesque vineyards you could ever imagine. Sugar Loaf Vineyards offers wine tasting, courses in wine appreciation and a range of delicious meals in the restaurant that overlooks the vineyards. There is also a shop on-site selling artisan candles, soaps, and simply the best Welsh chocolates from the shop. 


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3. Learn about Wales at Abergavenny Museum

The castle is home to a fascinating collection of treasures looked after by the Abergavenny Museum. While several buildings within the castle complex were destroyed in the Civil War during the 1640s, the newer construction - a hunting lodge owned by the  Marquess of Abergavenny, houses the museum.
Whilst the history of Wales and particularly of Abergavenny itself are the focus of the museum's collections, there are displays from further afield, too. With an emphasis on the rural way of life, there are also archaeological finds dating back to the Mesolithic era, including Roman armour, natural history displays, and so much more. Whether you’re a history buff or not, the museum and its unique home are well worth a visit. 


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4. Treat Yourself at the Market

Abergavenny’s Market draws visitors from far and wide and is the largest in the whole of Wales. Several types are held in the same venue, including a busy flea market, antiques, artisan and crafters markets and a traditional farmers market.

With over 200 stalls, there’s something to satisfy every taste, whether it’s delicious treats, beautiful jewellery or handmade woollen goods, you’ll find it here. Stalls sell street food to hungry shoppers, and there are cafes to rest and catch your breath, or just watch the world go by. There’s so much going on here, you’re spoiled for choice.

  • Perfect for retail therapy
  • Pick up local craft items and artisanal treats
  • Something to suit every budget


5. Goytre Wharf and Canal Visitor Centre

Just outside Abergavenny is Goytre Wharf. It’s a great starting point for walks and bike rides along the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal or you can hire a canoe or canal boat to travel on the water. There’s also a cosy café to enjoy some well-deserved refreshments.

  • Great for history lovers
  • Boating, fishing, cycling and walking
  • Hire a boat or canoe


Abergavenny is a fantastic destination for a holiday or long weekend. You can relax away from the stress of everyday life, and if you have children, you know there’ll be plenty to entertain them. They won’t want to leave.