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.


Raglan - Rhaglan

The Monmouthshire village of Raglan belies a lively and dramatic past. It is a thriving community with village shops, highly regarded pubs and is famous for its historic castle.

Towns and Villages in or near Raglan


St Briavels

Small but interesting village with a former royal castle, now a youth hostel. Set high above the Wye Valley there are good views into the Forest and to Wales in the distance.

Towns and Villages in or near St Briavels


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


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


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


Bream

Former mining villages with great views over the Forest from the war memorial

Towns and Villages in or near Coleford


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


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


Skenfrith

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


Alvington

Village between Lydney and Chepstow

Towns and Villages in or near Lydney


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


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