Planning a trip to Abergavenny? Here are the best things to do and some tips for while you’re there.

There are so many cute and totally underrated places to travel in the United Kingdom, and Wales often gets overlooked more than anywhere.

It really shouldn’t: with its beautiful scenery and delicious, locally sourced food, Wales is an ecotourism spot that should be on everyone’s bucket list.

The small town of Abergavenny epitomises the best of travel in Wales but isn’t without a few unique quirks of it own. This endearing combination makes it the perfect place to head for a getaway in the UK.  

If you’re not already convinced that you need to visit Abergavenny, you will be by the end of this post. This adorable town is full of character and surrounded by nature – and that’s just the beginning.

Here are the best things to do in Abergavenny and how to make a most of your trip there.

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Where is Abergavenny? 

Abergavenny is a bit of a hidden gem, so there’s a good chance you’ve never heard of it. 

Located in the southern Welsh county of Monmouthshire, Abergavenny is just 31 miles from Bristol and 25 miles from Cardiff. By train, it takes less than an hour to travel to Abergavenny from the Welsh capital.


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Abergavenny is also surprisingly easy to get to from London. If you want to see a different side to the UK, it’s an easy trip to tag on to your London travels thanks to the regular train services.

The Great Western Railway service takes just over 2.5 hours to get to Abergavenny from London. You can find the best ticket prices by booking in advance online.

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Entrance to Abergavenny railway station in Monmouthshire, Wales

Abergavenny accommodation

When you’re planning your trip to Abergavenny, there’s only one place to stay: The Angel Hotel

An award-winning hotel that has been named ‘Hotel of the Year for Wales’, The Angel is one of the best hotels I’ve ever stayed in.

It has a real luxurious-yet-homely interior and spacious rooms that are beautifully decorated. But what really makes it special is the super friendly staff waiting to help you with anything you need.

It’s rare to find a hotel that delivers both luxury and comfort, but The Angel in Abergavenny does it perfectly.

Abergavenny The Angel hotel

Abergavenny restaurants

Abergavenny may be small, but it has some fantastic places to eat. With something for every diet and preference, many of its eateries could rival London’s restaurant scene.

Here are some of the best Abergavenny restaurants to add to your itinerary:

The Codfather

No trip to the UK is complete without a serving of the national food: fish and chips. 

The Codfather is the only chippie to check out in Abergavenny. Reasonably priced, generously portioned and served with a smile, make sure you stop by the Codfather at least once.


Art Shop and Chapel

Art Chapel and Shop, as the name suggests, is also a shop. A fun place to browse, this renovated chapel has a great selection of books and other little cute things that would make perfect gifts.

But what really makes this place a must-visit is the food. The menu at Art Shop and Chapel is really well thought out and it’s hard to choose because it all sounds so good!

There are plenty of options for vegans, celiacs and other dietary requirements, as well as a delicious coffee menu to wash them all down with.

I ended up trying the cottage pie with root veg mash when I was there and it was amazing. I just wish I’d had room to try a cake or dessert!

Abergavenny chapel art shop books on sale
The Art Shop and Chapel has a great selection of books to browse while you wait.

Fig Tree Espresso 

Perfect for a cheeky slice of cake or a quick lunch, Fig Tree Espresso is a super cute little coffee shop. 

With plenty of vegetarian and vegan options, it’s also a great lunch spot for conscious eaters. 

Even if you only stop for a coffee, it’s likely you’ll give in an try one of the many tempting treats on display!


Things to do in Abergavenny

You could spend your entire trip to Abergavenny indulging in the local food, but there’s much more to this Welsh town. 

Here are the best things to do in Abergavenny, whatever your travel style.

If you want a taste of local life… stop by the Abergavenny market

Abergavenny is, above all else, a market town. Much of local life centres around this important meeting point, so it’s the best place to experience the local culture

The Abergavenny market takes place at an indoor market hall, meaning you won’t need to worry about the weather. 

More than that, though, this unique venue has something else to offer: a changing ceiling installation. Make sure you look up when you enter because there’s always local art displayed. When I was there, the theme was owls!

Address: 61 Cross St, Abergavenny NP7 5EH.


Abergavenny market owl installation
The Abergavenny market is a unique shopping experience!


If you’re a foodie… indulge in afternoon tea

Even if you don’t stay at The Angel Hotel, its award-winning afternoon tea is a must.

It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve had afternoon tea – you won’t be disappointed by this one. 

Abergavenny’s take on everyone’s favourite British meal is packed with platters and platters of festive sandwiches, savoury treats and beautiful cakes.

Topped off with champagne and followed by the most amazing homemade scones, it’s easily the most indulgent thing to do in Abergavenny!

READ NEXT: Why Aberdeenshire is the UK’s most underrated foodie spot.

If you like finding unique souvenirs… hit the shops

The Abergavenny market isn’t the only place to shop. 

Abergavenny is full of cute boutiques and independent designers, making it the ideal place to pick up presents and souvenirs. 

Whether you treat yourself or your loved ones back home, you can easily lose a day wandering Abergavenny’s unique shops.


Abergavenny flower shop

If you’re on a romantic break… Visit a vineyard

Looking to treat your other half? Visit the White Castle Vineyard for a relaxing day out in beautiful surroundings.

Tours are conducted the friendly and knowledgeable owners, and can be booked online.


If you love history… Visit the Abergavenny museum

The Abergavenny museum isn’t just a museum – it’s also a castle!

This ‘ruined’ Norman castle is a real life history lesson, telling the story of how Abergavenny became the town it is today.

It’s also a great place for a walk or a picnic, if the weather is on your side.

Address: Castle St, Abergavenny NP7 5EE.

؛anoramic view of the keep of Abergavenny castle. It now houses the town's museum.

If you’re an outdoor enthusiast… Climb Mount Sugar Loaf 

Nature lover or not, you really can’t visit Abergavenny and not see the beautiful scenes that surround it. 

If you love being active, there’s nothing better to do in Abergavenny than climbing Mount Sugar Loaf.


Just 2 miles outside of the town, this impressive mountain sits within the Brecon Beacons National Park. With scenery to rival that of Scotland, it’s one of the most beautiful places in all of the UK. 

It’s possible to hike alone but I took a guided with Drover Holidays and can’t recommend them enough. They run walking and cycling holidays in Wales throughout the year and even brought us mince pies to tuck into halfway up!

RELATED READ: The best hiking backpack for women.

Other things to do near Abergavenny 

Given its proximity to some of the UK’s major cities, it’s easy to tag another destination on to your Abergavenny trip.

Bristol, Cardiff and Bath are all less than two hours from Abergavenny by train or car. If you want to see more underrated towns in Wales, Llanelli, Swansea and Newport are also nearby. 

If you want to explore more of the beautiful British countryside, you could also extend youf stay in Brecon Beacons National Park. There are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy, as well as some seriously cute places to stay.

If you have more time, there are lots of amazing places to explore in North Wales and Mid Wales, too. From parks and cities to epic coastlines, Wales has no shortage of incredible destinations!


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