The picturesque market town of Abergavenny is just over two hours from Merthyr Tydfil by train - so why not travel with us, and make a day of it? Enjoy your favourite tunes while we whisk you there in comfort. Courtesy of our free onboard Wifi, catch up with your friends or relax with your favourite soap.
In the heart of Monmouthshire and surrounded by majestic hills and mountains, Abergavenny is situated at the junction of the River Usk and its tributary, the Gavenny. Its name draws an interesting connection to the ancient deity Gofannon - a smith, and means ‘river of the blacksmiths’, honouring the town’s pre-Roman past as a centre for iron smelting. Designated as a Gateway to Wales, the town commands spectacular views and stunning walks.
The now-peaceful town of Abergavenny has seen its share of action over the centuries, owing to its position near to the English border. Once a Roman fort, it became embroiled in political and military strife as part of the Welsh Marches during the Middle Ages, which is when it acquired its distinctive walls. Plundered by legendary Welsh leader Owain Glyndwr and his raiders in 1404, the town was actually declared a nation in its own right for two memorable weeks.
No stay would be complete without a visit to the atmospheric ruins of Abergavenny Castle, scene of much of the town’s dramatic conflict. Once the accommodation of kings passing through this strategic thoroughfare, the imposing Grade I listed edifice was founded around 1087 and was the scene of a 12th century massacre of Welsh noblemen. It was mostly destroyed by order of Charles I during the English Civil War, and in Georgian times its beautiful grounds were then cultivated to appeal to tourists, after it became a popular choice for visiting artists and sightseers. Today, it houses the Abergavenny Museum, which offers free public entry.
Affording easy access to the spectacular Black Mountains and the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park, Abergavenny is the perfect destination for walkers and mountaineers. With well-established long distance footpaths such as the Marches Way and the Beacons Way passing directly through the town, it’s also convenient for smaller rambles and cycling - reserve a space for your bike when booking your travel with us!
If you’re after a relaxing afternoon spent exploring Abergavenny’s quaint streets, finishing with a cream tea or even a pint of local ale, there’s more than enough to take your fancy here. With its eclectic mix of independent shops and boutiques, not to mention traditional pubs and cafés, you’ll fall in love with Abergavenny. So why not download our free app today and get planning your visit - with our Group travel options, you can bring the whole family for a day out to remember.