Tour Highlights:Chepstow Castle, Tintern Abbey, Symonds Yat & Monmouth Town
We travel eastward for a guided tour at Chepstow Castle, strategically sited on limestone cliffs overlooking the River Wye and the southern most gateway into Wales. Building work started in AD1067, making this fortress one of the oldest, if not the oldest, stone built castle in Wales and Britain. The castle doors are believed to be the oldest surviving castle doors in Europe.
Next stop, the sleeping village of Tintern, home to one of Britain's most impressive ruins, Tintern Abbey. This was the first Cistercian abbey to be built in Wales, founded in 1131 and where Cistercian monks worshiped until 1536. The abbey church is a masterpiece of decorated Gothic architecture where visitors marvel at its scenic beauty and the graceful sweep of the River Wye nearby. Audio guided tour.
There are few other places in the UK where there is such an abundance of space and tranquility as our next scheduled stop in the Wye Valley. During the 'Romantic Period' it was fashionable to take a boat tour down the Wye Valley to view the picturesque landscape and walk up to the viewpoint at Symonds Yat. Set high above the deep gorge, the summit viewpoint at 473 ft/144m affords magnificent panoramic views. Weather permitting, the views extend as far as five counties.
Our final stop, the quaint historic border town of Monmouth, listed in the 11th century Domesday Book, a town full of character. In medievel times it was known as Cappers' Town, the centre of a flourishing industry that brought much fame and prosperity to the Monmouth. Across the waters of the Monnow is the ancient fortified bridge and the 13th-century gatehouse, (the only one of its type in Britain); the ruins of Monmouth Castle and birthplace of King Henry V AD1387; the former Georgian Townhouse of Lord and Lady Llangattock and the Honourable Charles Stewart Rolls, aviator and namesake to the Rolls-Royce Company.