Abergavenny is surrounded by mountains and is a great base from which to explore the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park. It also has plenty of attractions of its own and is a perfect destination for a weekend break for every member of the family.



1. Climb the Sugar Loaf

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


2. Enjoy wine tasting at the Sugar Loaf vineyards

Hidden away at the foot of the great Sugar Loaf mountain are some of the most picturesque vineyards you could imagine. The Sugar Loaf vineyards offer wine tasting, courses in wine appreciation and a range of delicious meals in a restaurant that overlooks the vineyards. There’s also a shop on-site selling artisan candles, soaps and a selection of Welsh chocolates.


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.
While the history of Wales and particularly Abergavenny are the focus of the museum's collections, there’re displays from further afield, too. With an emphasis on the rural way of life, there’re 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. You’ll find antiques, artisan and crafters markets as well as 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. The stalls sell street food to hungry shoppers and there’re cafes to rest and relax, 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. Travelling with children? There’s plenty to entertain them and they won’t want to leave.

Discover more about Abergavenny and how to travel there by train on the Transport for Wales network.