Chepstow Castle on the River Wye

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The historic market town of Chepstow has been attracting tourists since the end of the 18th century. These early tourists were attracted by the picturesque views of Chepstow Castle that could be viewed from the Wye River, or explored on foot within the medieval town walls.

Walkers are Welcome
The walled old town of Chepstow is simply a joy to walk around and the town is nationally recognised as a 'Walkers are Welcome' town. There are a wealth of independent shops and a weekly Local Producers Market that is regarded by the culinary community as one of the finest in Britain. Walkers are spoilt for choice as in addition to numerous trails and paths that delve into the leafy Wye Valley. 

Chepstow has three town trails. All start / finish at Chepstow TIC in the Castle car park, but you can pick them up at any point in the town centre. The full trail takes approximately 90 minutes. Look out for plaques of information in pavements and walls along the way.

Chepstow is also only about a quater of a mile from the start the Offa's Dyke National Trail and is well signposted from the town. The Forest of Dean is nearby,and you can explore the rich history of this region on a visit to nearby Tintern Abbey, Chepstow Castle and the Chepstow Museum.

Chepstow Bridge which crosses the River Wye, links Wales and England close to Chepstow Castle. The bridge was first opened in 1816, and is an architectural marvel and feat of engineering that has stood the test of time. It is the world's largest iron arch road bridge from the first 50 years (1780-1830) of iron and steel construction.

Festivals and Events
Chepstow is also home to a number of festivals and annual events, including the Chepstow Festival, Hoggin’ the Bridge and of course the Welsh Grand National at Chepstow Racecourse. The accommodation is of an excellent standard, that will  make your stay in Chepstow truly memorable. Chepstow station is on the Newport to Gloucester & Cheltenham line.

Chepstow History
The strategic location of Chepstow has ensured that there has been a settlement here long before William FitzOsbern built Chepstow Castle in 1067. Since then, this prosperous market town has thrived, firstly from the export via the town's port of wine and timber from the Forest of Dean and latterly from the abundance of visitors who have been charmed by this  border town.

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M48 Junction 2.

Chepstow

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Chepstow, Monmouthshire, NP16 5EY

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