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Places to see

Awarded the best place to live in the Sunday Times best places to live in Wales 2021, Usk is a quaint town offering a variety of independent shops and cafes as well as strolls along the river. This is the closest town to Alice Springs Lodge.

The market town of Abergavenny is home to the famous Abergavenny food festival which attracts thousands of visitors every year. Here you can also find the Sugar Loaf and Skirrid mountains which are perfect for hiking if you are feeling energetic! 

If you are into your hiking, then you will be spoilt for choice with the Brecon Beacons, a national park with miles and miles of walking. Here you can also find Pen Y Fan which is the highest peak in South Wales.

Situated at the bottom of the Wye Valley and steeped in local history, Monmouth offers a number of shops and cafes to explore, as well as a river bank to enjoy a picnic. 


Brecon Beacons



Straddling the Welsh-English border, the Wye Valley is an Area of Outstanding National Beauty. So soak up its exceptional beauty on one of the hundreds of walking routes. Here you can also find Goodrich Castle for your history fix!

Full of archeological gems, Caerleon homes the site of the former Roman fortress, Baths and amphitheatre. After exploring the history of the village, choose one of the village's pubs to have a drink and relax!

Pop over the Severn bridge to the city of Bristol where you will find art galleries, boutiques, high street shops and historic landmarks. Take a stroll along the Harbourside, also home to museums, cafes and family attractions.

As the capital city of Wales, Cardiff has a plethora of high street shops, bars and restaurants, as well as many parks and a fantastic medieval castle. 

Wye Valley




With 35 miles of towpath to explore, the canal is a brilliant location for a peaceful stroll or a leisurely bike ride! Or perhaps you'd rather explore the canal from the water! Redline boats offer day boat hire.

Wales is renowned for its castles and in South Wales we are spoilt for choice! Local castles include Raglan Castle, Abergavenny Castle, Cardiff Castle, Goodrich Castle, Skenfrith Castle, White Castle and Chepstow Castle​.

Spanning rolling countryside, the reservoir is a perfect spot for a walk. If you are feeling more energetic pay the watersports centre a visit where you can do a number of activities!

Activities for Children

Just a short drive away you'll find Raglan Farm Park with a soft play centre and lots of farm animals to keep the little ones busy. Drive a little further to visit Llangorse lake and activity centre for horse riding, rock climbing and more!

Big Pit is only a 25 minute drive away where you can go on underground tours of the old coal mines. 

Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal


Llandegfedd Resevoir

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