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Monmouthshire – An historical county in the south east of Wales
For many centuries there was some debate over whether Monmouthshire was part of Wales or England, but this was finally resolved in 1974.
Like many other counties in Wales, there is visible evidence of its contact with Roman and Norman cultures. Whilst very little remains from Roman times, Caerleon was once one of the most important military sites for the Roman Empire in Britain, and the home for around 6,000 soldiers. The amphitheatre and barracks in Caerleon are the only Roman barracks block visible in Europe.
Reasons to visit Monmouthshire
With so much to see, it would be impossible to cover everything on a day trip, the stunning views of the Royal Forest of Dean alone would need longer than that. If you are just looking for a scenic landscape, you would have to include the Black Mountains, The Wye Valley and The Severn Vale.
The castles can only be described as spectacular and include Abergavenny Castle, Caldicot Castle, Raglan Castle, Usk Castle, White Castle, Monmouth Castle (where King Henry V was born in 1386) and many more (some in better condition than others).
You can also find a statue of Charles Stewart Rolls in Agincourt Square, Monmouth, who with Frederick Henry Royce formed Rolls-Royce Ltd in 1906.
On a sporting flavour there is the Monmouth Canoe and Activity Centre, Fishing, Swimming, Golfing (Monmouth Golf Club), Off Road Driving, Equestrian and more.
Entertainment and Dining in Monmouthshire
There are many restaurants in the area offering a variety of cuisines. The Restaurant at The Stone Mill in Rockfield (near Monmouth) offers modern British and Welsh food. This small country house contains many exposed beams and a 15th century Cider Mill.
For entertainment there is The Blake Theatre and the Savoy Monmouth, which includes a theatre and cinema.
Accommodation in Newport
There is a full range of accommodation available: Hotels, B&Bs, Guest Houses, Pubs and Inns, Cottages and Camping. For a hotel that is situated on a site that dates back to the 12th century, you may enjoy a stay at the Llansantffraed Court Hotel in Abergavenny.