The Wye Valley contains a wealth of historic places and buildings. This is castle country and reflects the history of  border disputes and contains the longest Keep Out sign in the Offa's Dyke Path. Three key historic attractions in the AONB are Chepstow Castle, Tintern Abbey and Goodrich Castle however there are many others to enjoy.

Chepstow Castle
Chepstow's imposing Norman castle, high up on its cliff above the River Wye, guards a major river crossing between England and Wales. 

Tintern Abbey
Now a spectacular ruin, Tintern Abbey was founded by Cistercian monks in 1131, and largely rebuilt in the late 13th century. It is the best-preserved medieval abbey in Wales, and an outstanding example of Gothic architecture. 

Goodrich Castle
Goodrich castle is one of the most complete medieval castles in Britain, built to guard a ford across the River Wye.

The Kymin
A wooded landmark hill with pleasure grounds, a Georgian banqueting house, Naval Temple and stunning views over the surrounding countryside high above Monmouth

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    Partership work manages riverside in Ross

    A partnership between the AONB Unit, Ross-on-Wye Town Council and Natural England have started tree management work on the banks of the Wye where it passes through Ross, to benefit biodiversity and create river views.

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    Youth Rangers are GO in the Wye Valley!

    If you are 14-18 years old and love exploring the countryside of the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean, then the Wye Valley AONB Youth Ranger programme is looking for you! Come along to our Taster Day on September 30th.

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