Towns & Villages in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean

Discover our Towns & Villages

Our historic towns and villages are one of things that make exploring a new area a delight. From the independent specialist shops to the monuments, important buildings and ancient churches plus all the great cafes and pubs to the interesting walks, cycle routes and days out, there is something for all tastes to be found.

If you're staying nearby you may want to stock up on provisions from one of the delis or farm shops, pick up some souvenirs or local produce, pop into a tourist information or enjoy a meal out. Click on any of the towns or villages for more information or browse the map to see where they are located.

Take your time and explore the old mining towns of the Forest of Dean, the castle towns of Monmouthshire or the market towns of Herefordshire. Even better find a great pub and have a long lunch!

Download a copy of our market towns trail here.


Caldicot - Cil-y-coed

Small town with a historic past linked to the Romans and with a Norman Castle. The castle has a fine park, regularly hosting family events. The Caldicot Levels are a wildlife reserve.

Towns and Villages in or near Chepstow


Llandogo - Llaneuddogwy

Towns and Villages in or near Tintern


Redbrook

Pretty village on the River Wye, partly in Wales and partly in England with a rich industrial heritage.

Towns and Villages in or near Coleford


Trellech

A small village in the Wye Valley that in medieval times was one of the largest towns in Wales. Fine church, Bronze Age standing stones and more. Good walks to Trellech Beacon.

Towns and Villages in or near Monmouth


Tintern

The jewel of the Wye Valley - a picturesque village, ruined Abbey, pubs, shops, cafes, places to stay, stunning walks and viewpoints all around

Towns and Villages in or near Tintern


Longhope

Longhope lives up to its name and is a very long village. Mentioned in the Domesday Book, it has a rich history but is a typical English village and that is its charm.

Towns and Villages in or near Longhope


Ruardean

Pretty village on the Gloucestershire/Herefordshire border with commanding views over the Wye Valley. Ruardean Hill is the highest point in the Forest.

Towns and Villages in or near Cinderford


English Bicknor

One of the ancient villages of the Forest of Dean, situated at the top of a hill overlooking the Wye Valley. It has an interesting church and the remains of a motte and bailey castle.

Towns and Villages in or near Coleford


Westbury-on-Severn

Small village close to the River Severn with National Trust formal garden and an interesting church.

Towns and Villages in or near Westbury-on-Severn


Usk - Brynbuga

Steeped in history, renowned for its floral displays, Usk is a great base to explore Monmouthshire and the Usk Valley. Independent shops and lots of places to eat, drink and stay.

Towns and Villages in or near Usk


Whitebrook

Small village in a steep sided valley by the Wye which was best known for its paper mills in the 18th and 19th centrury, the remains of which can still be seen. Site of a Michelin starred restaurant.

Towns and Villages in or near Monmouth


Penallt

Small village high above the River Wye, just south of Monmouth. It has two pubs, a nature reserve and a church that is well worth visiting. In the autumn it hosts a popular art event.

Towns and Villages in or near Monmouth