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Kidwelly, Carmarthen, Llandovery or Chepstow?

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1. Posted by guiny (Respected Member 143 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I will spend New Years in South Wales but not sure in which city spend the last day of the year. I can choose among Kidwelly, Camarthen, Llandovery and Chepstow. Not sure which one to choose though. Any suggestion? Any pros and cons?

2. Posted by davidx (Respected Member 34 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

If you want somewhere very pretty but with nothing much happening, I guess Llandovery might suit but I suspect Chepstow is the best bet of the four.

3. Posted by Calcruzer (Travel Guru 2003 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Actually, I was just about to add Chepstow (and the surrounding areas) to your other thread as a suggestion.

Consider the following drive:

Start at Chepstow and Chepstow Castle. The city is an old river port on the Wye River. This river flows down to meet the Severn River right where the castle is.

Take A466 up the thickly wooded Wye Valley to Tintern and see the ruins of Tintern Abbey. There is no roof, but the rest of this magnificent structure is still standing. The road is on the west side of the river and is in Wales, while the far side of the river is in England.

At Tintern you take the side road to the left marked "Raglan" and travel the crooked lanes past Star Hill and Llansoy to cross over the A449 highway to reach Raglan and its ruined castle. This was a Welch castle that was destroyed by English King Edward I so that it could not be used any longer by the Welch against the English.

Then, if you want, head west up A40 and turn just before the Abergavenyy to continue west on A465. This will take you to The Big Pit: National Mining Museum of Wales at Blaenavon. This allows visitors to experience conditions in the coal mines 300 feet below ground level. From here backtrack down to Chepstow and then to Caerleon for dinner and a New Years' experience.

Well, that's my suggestion, anyway.


4. Posted by guiny (Respected Member 143 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Thank you very much! We love castles and we want to go to somewhere pretty with a nice ruined castle to visit. Then we plan to stroll in the city, have lunch, visit some shops or intersting places, museums, etc,... have tea and come back to Swansea when the shops close.
My fiancé is keen about Chepstow and I guess we will end up going there.
My only concern. Are there nice shops and places to eat, pubs, restaurants etc,...? We don't want anything fancy. We just want a quiet day out in the last day of 2007.