Chepstow Port Wall
Remains of the town wall, constructed in the late 13th century by Roger Bigod, 5th Earl of Norfolk, for defence and tax collection purposes. It originally enclosed the whole town, but since the coming of the railway in the 1840s, it has slowly been diminished, until now only around 1km remains. Photo credit: © Crown copyright (2015) Cadw
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Assist dogs allowed
- Parking nearby
- Fully accessible
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year
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About The area
In their bid to control the borderlands of Monmouthshire – also known as the Marches – the Normans built a triangle of castles: Grosmont, Skenfrith and White. At first, they were simple wooden structures strengthened by earthworks, but when the lively Welsh refused to stop attacking them, it was decided more permanent fortresses were needed. All three are worth a visit and the views from the battlements at White Castle over the surrounding countryside to the Black Mountains are stunning, as is all the scenery in this area – consisting of a patchwork of low hills, hidden valleys, fields criss-crossed with hedgerows and small belts of woodland.
Monmouth itself makes a great base to explore the beautiful Wye Valley, as well as being known as the home of Rockfield Studios, where Queen recorded Bohemian Rhapsody in 1975. The largest town in the county, Abergavenny is creating a name for itself as the foodie capital of the Usk Valley, and has held a weekly cattle market on the same site since 1863. Its location just six miles from the English border means it’s often described as the ‘gateway to Wales’.
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