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!
Skenfrith sits on the Welsh (south) bank of the River Monnow, which is the historical boundary with England. Set in the middle of the village is historic Skenfrith Castle.
Towns and Villages in or near Abergavenny
Towns and Villages in or near Tintern
The village, with its rich industrial history, occupies the steep sided valley close to the Rive Wye. It is an ideal based for walking cycling and enjoying the river.
Towns and Villages in or near Lydbrook
A small but thriving village with a series of ponds which are a haven to wildlife
Towns and Villages in or near Cinderford
An old walled city, dating from Saxon times, Hereford is the area’s administrative, commercial, cultural and agricultural centre.
Towns and Villages in or near Hereford
Caerleon was the site of one of Britain's three permanent Roman Legionary Fortresses. Today, it's a thriving town, where past and present combine to delight both visitors and residents.
Towns and Villages in or near Chepstow
One of the most iconic spots in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley with a stunning viewpoint, a riverside village, walks, pubs, places to stay and loads to see and do.
Towns and Villages in or near Symonds Yat
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
Historic village in the north of the Forest of Dean. It is home to Hartpury University and College, Historic Bee Shelter, Tithe Barn and St Mary's Church.
Towns and Villages in or near Gloucester
A historic market town on the Southern edge of the Forest of Dean. Called the 'Gateway to the Forest' the town offers a great place to visit and explore, with a range of shops and attractions.
Towns and Villages in or near Lydney
A small village on the banks of the River Severn with walks, views and is one of the best spots to view the Severn Bore
Towns and Villages in or near Newnham
Large and thriving community on the northern fringe of the Forest with old timbered houses, a fine church and an artisan brewery.
Towns and Villages in or near Mitcheldean