THE LOCAL AREA
You will find Tyr-Pwll Holiday Cottages on the outskirts of Abergavenny. Just 2 miles from the centre of this well known market town, also known as the “Gateway To Wales”.
We are just 20 miles from the M4, 3 hours from London, 1 1/2 hours from Birmingham, 3/4 hour from Cardiff, and within 1/2 hour of Hay on Wye, Hereford, Monmouth and many more such beautiful towns.
The scenery around the Brecon Beacons and the Wye Valley is second to none at any time of year, and provides many areas of relaxation. This includes bird-watching, walking, cycling, fishing, horse riding and hang gliding. There are many golf courses in this area, including Rolls at Monmouth, the Marriott St. Pierre at Chepstow, The Celtic Manor at Newport (which hosted The Ryder Cup in 2010), Raglan Parc at Raglan and Woodlake Park at Glascoed near Usk.
There are an excellent selection of restaurants near by, including The Hardwick (a top class restaurant owned by TV celebrity chef Steve Terry and within a few minutes walking distance (booking is essential)). Further excellent pubs and restaurants within easy reach include The Fox Hunter at Nantyderry, The Bell at Skenfrith, The Walnut Tree and The Bear at Crickhowell, and The Clytha Arms.
Abergavenny hosts many popular annual events, including the Vintage Steam Rally in May, the Shire Horse Show in July and the famous Food Festival which takes place in September.
With so much to see and do, you'll have to make another visit to fit everything in.
ABERGAVENNY MUSEUM & CASTLE
Abergavenny Museum is set in the grounds of a 'ruined' Norman Castle, where you can enjoy a picnic during the summer and a brisk walk on colder days.
Located 7 minutes drive from Tyr Pwll.
An ideal location for a walk, the River Usk has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest. It is popular for its flora and fauna and is especially renowned for its salmon and trout fishing.
BRECON BEACONS & BLACK MOUNTAINS
The Brecon Beacons cover 520 square miles and provide stunning scenery, with rolling countryside and valleys, wide open hillsides and beautiful forests, lakes, waterfalls (Talybont-on-Usk) and caves.
The stunning Black Mountains in the National Park provide the backdrop to Abergavenny. The mountains are a group of old red sandstone hills, the highest of which is Waun Fach. They're cloaked in grass and heather and laced with rivers.
Apart from Waun Fach (811m), the range has many peaks that are well known to walkers, including Black Mountain (703m), Hay Bluff (677m), the Sugar Loaf (596m) and Ysgyryd Fawr (486m), also known as The Skirrid.
ABERGAVENNY FOOD FESTIVAL
There has been a place of worship on the cathedral site since at least the 8th century, although no part of any building earlier than the 11th-century bishop’s chapel survives.
They are open daily and frequently run tours of the cathedral, as well as the gardens and tower (times and details can be found on their website).
Located 40 minutes drive from Tyr Pwll.
Built in the 1430s for show rather than with battle in mind, Raglan Castle still held off parliamentarian forces for thirteen weeks in one of the last sieges of the Civil War. The castle was eventually taken and was systematically destroyed by parliament.
Enough remains to still impress, with highlights including the Great Hall and the Great Tower (which provides magnificent views). It is also where an episode of BBC's 'Merlin' was filmed.
Located 10 minutes drive from Tyr Pwll.
BIG PIT NATIONAL COAL MUSEUM
Designated a World Heritage Site, Big Pit is one of Britain's leading mining museums. Go 300 feet underground with a former miner who will tell you the history of the mine, show you around and explain how coal used to be mined.
Located 20 minutes drive from Tyr Pwll.
An annual event since 1999, the food festival has an exceptional reputation. It's a place where chefs, food businesses, journalists, farmers and food producers come together to provide a great programme for all ages. This includes product tastings, kids’ activities, masterclasses, hands-on cookery lessons and topical debates. Past attendees have included Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Jamie Oliver, Monica Galetti, Jane Baxter, Jose Pizarro and Valentine Warner.
2018's festival will be held on 15th and 16th September.
Located 7 minutes drive from Tyr Pwll.