Abergavenny National Park and Tourist Information Centre
About the Tithe Barn
Abergavenny Tourist Information and National Park Centre is conveniently situated in the town in the Tithe Barn beside the Cathedral. It is ideally located as a ‘Gateway’ centre to discover the Brecon Beacons National Park and Mid Wales, while also being perfectly situated to offer wide ranging information about the beautiful foodies haven that is Monmouthshire.
It is a networked ‘Visit Wales’ centre and as such offers a full range of services. The knowledgeable staff will help you make the most of your stay in the area and will be more than happy to help plan your journey on through Wales
They can give you lots of ideas of where to go, what to do, how to get there and where to stay.
The centre stocks a wide variety of free leaflets about the immediate and wider area and also sells local guide books, OS maps, a wide selection of walking books and other interesting publications as well as Welsh souvenirs, Welsh food and confectionery, postcards and greeting cards, love spoons and jewellery.
Long known as 'the Gateway to Wales' and a great base for exploring the eastern reaches of the Brecon Beacons National Park, Abergavenny is a thriving market town (14000pop.) with a good selection of shops and places to eat.
There are seven hills surrounding Abergavenny all of which can be walked from the town centre. The Sugar Loaf and Skirrid Fawr are packed with character; an ascent of either of them will stick in the memory long after your visit. Close at hand, the River Usk flows beside Castle Meadows while the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal snakes around the wooded slopes of Blorenge across the valley. The town is ideally located for access into the valleys of the Black Mountains.
Abergavenny has a good variety of accommodation for walkers and other outdoor activities such as pony trekking, mountain biking and fishing are available close by.
The town itself is steeped in history, from the Romans who knew it as Gobannio and the Normans who built the magnificent castle which now houses the local history museum. St. Mary’s Priory Church, sometimes referred to as the 'Westminster Abbey of Wales', houses among other things a splendid Medieval carving of Jesse, father of King David. Next door to the Church is the Tithe Barn which now serves as a café, tourist information and resource centre.
The Victorians built the Market Hall where regular weekly markets are held; the main market day is Tuesday whilst smaller markets are held on a Friday and Saturday. The Food Festival held in September each year is now internationally famous and gives the town a real carnival atmosphere; its growing reputation as a food destination has attracted several well-known chefs to the area to set up restaurants.
In the surrounding area are many fine Medieval castles, churches and priories for you to explore. Also nearby is the World Heritage Site at Blaenavon - a microcosm of the South Wales mining valleys.