"History and beautiful Scenery" Top 5 Page for this destination Abergavenny by ranger49
Abergavenny Travel Guide: 64 reviews and 218 photos
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Abergavenny is a good place to live - an historic market town with a Norman Church and lots of history. We are surrounded by mountains and fields, and the lovely river Usk runs through the town.
I first came here as a visitor 50 years ago and it has changed quite a bit since that time, and in the almost 25 years since I came to lve here.
The road lay-out into and around the town is so different I can hardly remember how it was.
The main street is not blessed with a single name but (confusingly for visitors) consists of Cross Street, High Street and Frogmore Street.
It is along here that change is most apparent many old businesses have long gone, those that remain have to compete with out of town and edge of town shopping centres - the 20th century blight of old market and small country towns.
In the place of many of the old shops there are several innovative ,welcome additions offering specialist goods plus many charity or "thrift" shops and the inevitable chain street stores and "cheap" shops.
Lately we have seen an upturn with new shops opening - several ladies clothing shops, gift shops and cafes.
We have a weekly market conducted both inside the Victorian Market Hall and in the surrounding streets. Coach loads of people come from near and far for this weekly event.
On Fridays a "Butter" market takes over the Market Hall for the sale of mainly local produce, a Farmer's Market is there twice monthly and in between Antiques and Craft fairs take place.
The cattle market used to be held at the back of the Market Hall but recently moved to a newly built market a few miles up the road near Raglan.
For a nearby local attraction see
Tretower Court and Castle
- Pros:An ancient market town set amongst beautiful scenery and the Brecon Beacons National Park. Some good local shops, a weekly covered & street market and lots o excellent resraurants in the area.
- Cons:The cattle market recently moved to a rural site a short distance away - near Raglan village and the Castle.
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