New homes in Abergavenny
Welcome to Abergavenny
A welcoming Welsh town in Monmouthshire just a short drive away from the English border, Abergavenny is a place that has everything from high street shops to family-run cafes, historic places of interest and surrounding green countryside. If you’re looking for a rural home close to handy amenities and part of a friendly community, Abergavenny may be the perfect choice for you.
A quick history
Abergavenny began life in the Roman era, when a fort known as ‘Gobannium’ was built. Many centuries later during the 11th century in Norman times, a new castle was constructed and a surrounding town, named ‘Burgavenny’ at the time, began to grow. In the 13th century the town was fortified with walls and gateways, some of which can still be seen today.
In the 16th century, one of the country’s first grammar schools - King Henry VIII - was founded. The Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal was completed in 1812, providing a transportation route through Abergavenny and helping the town to flourish. Although Abergavenny is a thriving market town, the traditional cattle market was closed in 2013 and relocated to Bryngwyn, a short drive away. One of the town’s biggest claims to fame is an intimate concert by The Beatles at the Town Hall in June 1963.
Businesses and industry
Abergavenny is a reasonably small town, with some of the biggest business being Alun Griffiths (Contractors) and Robert Price & Sons, both in the construction industry and within the top 300 businesses in all of Wales. The town also attracts lots of tourists, while agriculture is a big industry in the surrounding suburbs and villages.
The Abergavenny Food Festival has become a very successful annual event in the town, while Nevill Hall Hospital is also a major employer and one of the largest hospitals in the region. Other businesses include the town’s high street retailers, the Abergavenny Fine Food Co., and Waitrose supermarket.
Things to do in the area
If you enjoy browsing a mix of high street stores and independent boutiques, Abergavenny is the ideal place to spend a relaxing morning or afternoon, finishing with tea and cake in one of the many town centre cafes. The town also has a successful regular market, selling everything from crafts to antiques and fresh produce from local farmers.
For a little history, Abergavenny Castle and Museum is a must-visit in the town itself, while places of historical interest nearby include Blaenavon Ironworks, Big Pit National Coal Museum, and the National Roman Legion Museum. If you like to be active, take a walk up the Sugarloaf Mountain, indoor go climbing at Llangorse Multi-Activity Centre, or mountain bike through the forests at Cwmcarn. The Brecon Beacons National Park is also just a short drive away. There’s also in the town and the surrounding areas, there’s plenty to keep the kids entertained from trips on the Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway line to soft play at Kingdom Come and tractor rides at Greenmeadow Community Farm. Pontypool Park, Pen-y-Fan Pond and Brecon Mountain Railway are also popular.
Travel and commuting
Abergavenny is located on the A40 which runs west to Brecon and Llandovery, and east to Monmouth, Gloucester and Oxford. The A465 is nearby and goes north to Hereford, while the A4042 leads directly south to the M4 at junction 25a, bypassing Cwmbran along the way.
Unlike many towns in Mid Wales, Abergavenny has its own train station with regular services to Newport, where you can change for trains to major UK towns and cities including Cardiff, Bristol and London. For international travel, both Cardiff and Bristol Airports are around 1 hour 5 minutes away from Abergavenny, while Birmingham Airport can be reached in around 1 hour 40 minutes by car.