The Wye Valley has so much to oﬀer
Outdoors or indoors, the area is steeped in history with something for everyone – including little ones and our four legged friends.
We meet thousands of visitors to the area every year, who love Tintern and the Wye Valley as much as we do. Ideally located, there’s masses more to see and do beyond the village, Nearby towns and the wider area have a wealth of attractions to enjoy.
We’ve put together a selection of local highlights, with links to explore each of them in more detail.
Set within the historic market town of Chepstow, the castle is an impressive monument that attracts thousands of visitors every year.
Chepstow Castle sits further down the River Wye, on the bank of the river itself. It’s imposing structure still stands complete in many parts. The castle is cared for by Cadw, the organisation responsible for many of Wales’ iconic monuments including our own Tintern Abbey.
Open daily, it welcomes visitors who want to explore and learn about it’s history. With parking adjacent, it is easily accessible. The Castle sits in the lower part of the town, a short walk away from the high street if you’re looking to pick up a souvenir from your trip.
Enjoy this exceptional Cistercian abbey
Tintern Abbey wasn’t always the ruins that you see today. It remains one of the best preserved medieval Abbeys in Wales. Constructed between 1131 and 1536, with countless iterations and adaptations over that time.
For 400 years monks resided within this historic monument, but it was on September 3, 1536 Abbot Wyche surrendered Tintern Abbey to King Henry VIII’s oﬃcials, which saw it’s use cease as an Abbey and it’s fall to ruin. Through the 18th Century, the Abbey was rediscovered by the Picturesque movement, with famous artists including Turner and Wordsworth capturing its romantic qualities in words and image. At this time it stood overgrown and covered in Ivy.
Since then, the historical signiﬁcance of the Abbey has been realised, most recently, Cadw have taken custodianship of the moment and led it’s restoration and preservation. The visitor centre is open daily for visitors and can be accessed from across the car park at The Anchor.
A day at the races, only a few miles from The Anchor Inn.
Many of our visitors combine a a visit to Wales with a day at the races. Chepstow Racecourse is only 10 minutes away, hosting numerous sporting events throughout the year. In addition to its traditional race days, the event centre hosts numerous other sporting events, competitions, adventure races and runs.
Ideally located just oﬀ the M4 and 15 minutes from the M5, we’re a great alternative to those who wish to escape the hustle and bustle of the day at the races and enjoy a quiet drink or dinner. Open from 12 noon and serving food until late, we’re the ideal stop oﬀ on your way to or from you day’s entertainment at the racecourse.
To ﬁnd out what’s planned for the coming weeks and months, check out the Chepstow Racecourse website.
Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Enjoy the great outdoors with a variety of events activities right on our doorstep.
Walking, cycling, hiking and more, there really is something for everyone. As the gateway to Wales, Tintern boasts amazing views and a true rural setting that captivates visitors time and time again.
With the river Wye at the heart of the landscape, numerous walks, cycle paths and treks cross our path. Many of our visitors visit us as the ideal stop-oﬀ point for their adventure, a welcome retreat from the outdoors, with a warm log ﬁre in the winter to warm you, alternatively a terrace and outdoor area overlooking the sports grounds, ideal for a refreshing tipple in the summer.
Visit the Wye Valley website which provides a great starting point to plan your trip, including maps and suggested routes for exploring the local landscape.
3 miles: Fairly easy
The Angidy valley
3¾ miles: Fairly easy
Offa’s Dyke and the Devil’s Pulpit
5½ miles: Moderate
Open: 11:00 – 22:00
Monday – Saturday: 12:00 – 20:30
Sunday 12:00 - 20:00 (Carvery 12:00 - 16:00)
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The Anchor Inn