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  • MikeyG53
    Emersons Green, UK2,560 contributions
    The final weekend of February provided ideal weather for an afternoon visit to a National Trust property. After weeks of continuous storms, it was so good to get out, and enjoy clear blue skies and bright sunshine. Our visit was only made possible when my Son (who normally visits on a weekend) had to stay home because of a family emergency.

    The unexpected freedom to go somewhere for part of the day, lead us to explore the potential provided by nearby NT properties: and those we hadn’t previously explored. Like …

    The Kymin: situated in Wales within a few metres of the border with England, just east of the county town of Monmouth. It is a hill with an 18th Century neo-classical Round House sat on its peak. Completed in 1798, the Round House, within its nine acres of gardens and woodland, features a crenulated two-storey tower, with balconied views, and a woodland walk. The Round House was built as a shelter from inclement weather, by the well-to-do ‘Kymin Club’: a group of principal local Gentlemen who met weekly to picnic. The funding for the project was provided by local landowner The Duke of Beaufort, and eight Members of Parliament. At 800 feet above the river, stunning views of part of the Wye Valley and nearby Monmouth can be enjoyed from the grounds of the Round House. The building was not open when we visited and the NT website fails to provide opening dates. You can, however, see that photos here on TA, are of the interior: so it must be opened occasionally.

    Just a few yards from the Round House is a Naval Temple. Built in 1800, as a patriotic symbol to Britain’s naval supremacy; it is thought to be the only one of its kind in the world. Built with funds raised by public subscription, the Temple commemorates 16 British Royal Navy Admirals who had led the British Fleet to significant naval victories in history to date (of construction). Sir Horatio Nelson, with Lady Hamilton, visited here in 1802 after leading the British Fleet in the defeat of Bonapart’s navy at the Battle of the Nile. Three years after his visit Nelson died at the Battle of Trafalgar.

    It was a good day out, and and a site well-worth visiting; the on-site car park is very convenient, but quite small. Fortunately there were not many other visitors; but of those visiting (some of whom picnicked sat on benches with a view) should be admired for taking the walk from Monmouth. It’s only 1.6 miles, but a climb of 800ft; we drove as such a walk would have been well beyond our capabilities!
    Written 28 February 2022
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  • Tokyo J
    Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, UK284 contributions
    This fantastic looking bridge which spans the river Monnow in Monmouth is the only remaining fortified river bridge in the UK with it's beautiful gate tower. It's wonderful to walk over it and there are great views of the river below. It will only take a couple of minutes to walk back and forth along it but hopefully you'll be able to feel the history of the bridge and it's importance to the town of Monmouth.
    Written 6 May 2022
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  • Ontheroadagain1987
    Gloucestershire, UK260 contributions
    Great range of shows on offer. Clean and comfortable. Reasonably priced drinks. Generally friendly staff. Email tickets to save collecting
    Written 24 October 2021
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  • Richard B
    Coimbra, Portugal499 contributions
    Really wanted to see inside the museum but closed due to covid. Can only review the outside and information. Looks very interesting and informative. Will be on my list for next time....
    Written 30 November 2020
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  • Nicky C
    Heybridge, UK449 contributions
    Small museum in the town of Monmouth.
    Ideal for a hour visit.
    Part museum of Nelson and part art gallery.
    Lots to read and see.
    Small gift shop.
    Free to enter with a donation box.
    Nice small local museum visit.
    Worth visiting if in the town.
    Written 9 March 2020
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  • Catherine F
    Cold Ash, UK31 contributions
    Richard and Joy made us feel so welcome at their organic and biodynamic vineyard. Richard personally gave us a tour of the vineyard and winery and his passion about what started out as a hobby was apparent. He patiently answered all of our questions and made the tour informative and fun. We then tasted five of Ancre Hill’s wines, which were delicious (especially the Blanc de Noirs and the Sparkling Rosé). The Welsh cheese platter was also excellent. I really enjoyed my visit to Ancre Hill and would highly recommend it for anyone who finds themselves in the Monmouth area.
    Written 9 August 2019
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  • Tokyo J
    Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, UK284 contributions
    This is a must-see place to visit whilst in Monmouth. It's a historical court house and prisoner cells where the people on trial were held and best of all it's free to get inside. There are information boards dotted around explaining the history of the place. You can also peruse the many copies of trial cases that were held in the courtroom. I also liked the exhibition about Geoffrey of Monmouth. A nice place to visit.
    Written 6 May 2022
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  • Warby
    Bicester, UK3,273 contributions
    Near an iold church are these stones with a mixed history. Parking nearby and walking around the area is interesting
    Written 12 August 2021
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  • Warby
    Bicester, UK3,273 contributions
    Imposing church in the town centre. Great views around and very well kept church. Inside is attractive and ricj with history
    Written 12 August 2021
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  • smithford6971
    Manchester, UK7 contributions
    Had a great day today, managed to find a few pieces of pottery and Slag. Stewart was very imformative and entertaining. Strongly recommend as a great gift for somebody who wants to learn a bit more about Archaeology.
    Written 22 July 2021
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  • 70ish
    Worcester, UK2,203 contributions
    Stopping in Monmouth for couple hours at the start of a mystery trip we walked to this church which is practically on the bridge. This tiny church is an absolute delight and I am so pleased we were able to go in as so many churches are locked nowadays.
    Written 23 March 2020
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  • DanR1993
    Bishop Auckland, UK8 contributions
    Excellent selection of local art, it was great looking around & I will for sure consider buying a piece in the future.

    Adds something different to Monmouth and every piece of art is nicely displayed.
    Written 1 June 2021
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  • Luke_Sweeney_Todd
    Cardiff, UK111 contributions
    The Blake Theatre is part of Monmouth School. It opened as a theatre just over ten years ago in 2005 following generous support from a former pupil.

    The main reason for visiting from Cardiff was to see a production by The Pantaloons of Romeo & Juliet - they were performing another play in Cardiff the following evening but I was working, and I didn't want to miss the opportunity to see them.

    A few visiting companies perform here and they also host regular theatrical and operatic screenings.

    A large spacious car park is located across the road from the venue.

    Great facility, not only for the school but also for the community.
    Written 24 October 2016
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  • Helen N
    Newport, UK30 contributions
    We found this garden quite by chance, directed from a hand-drawn map on a notice board by a bus stop. Its opening hours are quite restricted: Thurs to Sat, 10am-4pm, April to November only, and entrance is from a narrow footpath that leads from the north end of Blestium Street, through a gate way in a high stone wall and up a flight of steps (apparently there is disabled access by arrangement via a different entrance). Once inside, we found a lovely oasis of sunlight and tranquility: a grassy lawn with trees and flowerbeds around, a raised walkway overlooking the playing fields outside the garden, and of course the little pavilion commemorating Lord Nelson's visit in 1802, which gave the garden its name. The garden is beautifully kept, a perfect place for tired travellers or shoppers to sit and rest, and relax from the troubles of the day!
    Written 13 September 2019
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  • cornford
    Monmouth, UK30 contributions
    This is actually Monmouth's relief cemetery, the original one around the precincts of the parish church was deemed unsuitable for further use and a new site was found early in the 19th century. Unfortunately the hilly nature of the site has severely restricted th amount of burial plots and the place is more or less full up.However the work of geneologists is greatly aided by a computerised data base located in a recently refurbished chapel near the entrance.
    Written 7 September 2019
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