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This expert-led cultural and historical tour tells the unique story of south and west Wales, lands with a long and complex history of invasion, accommodation, resistance and conquest, through all of which distinct local forms of power, culture, religion and dialect persisted. Today, we can take you to a land of overpowering natural beauty with a welcoming character, some of the finest historic sites in the British Isles and truly delicious traditional dishes.

The history of this region is one of an ebb and flow of outside control, the coastlands and rivers aiding invasion, the brawny hills providing a refuge and redoubt to keep incomers penned to the fringes. The pattern is repeated over and over again – Romans, Irish, Vikings, Normans, English all settle, push and fortify, build towns, leaving their imprint – while in the uplands local powers persist, fight, accommodate. It leaves a remarkable historical story, and epic tales of loss and triumph marked across the land by Roman forts, early medieval saints with chapels and cults scattered far and wide, enigmatic Dark Age tombstones of half-known rulers, and Arthurian tales laid on the bones of Roman walls.

And then, most visible of all, the enmeshing net of castles, among them the most colossal in Britain, to hold down the land for the mighty Marcher lords, a challenge both to Welsh independence and English kings, and the wonderful churches and abbeys in tranquil locations through which they showed their devotion. So conquest came – but not an End, just a new Act: the dramatic story of the resurgent Welsh taking to larger stages with the emergence of the Tudors, giving us the opulent houses of the new nobility, the stark trial of Civil War, and fairy-tale palaces built with wealth hewn from the mountains themselves.

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Exploring Wales 2022

Guided Tour

Peter Sommer Travels Ltd., Monmouth, Wales, Monmouth, Monmouthshire, NP25 3EQ
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Season (18 Gorff 2022 - 24 Gorff 2022)
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  2. Town house, dating back to at least the 17th century. Red brick garden facade in Queen…

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  3. Visit this hidden Georgian garden, a favourite of Admiral Nelson's, between 12 & 3pm…

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  4. Shire Hall is a former Court of Assizes and Quarter Sessions in the centre of Monmouth,…

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  2. This small volunteer-run museum, with free admission, tells the story of the Royal…

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  3. Castle established by William Fitz Osbern in the late 11th century. The remains of the…

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  5. The Monmouth Savoy is a listed building that has been a centre of community life and…

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  6. The Priory was founded in 1070 AD by Benedictine monks, and is one of the most historic…

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  7. For the first time since its Foundation stone was laid in 1835, Monmouth Methodist Church…

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  8. Climb to new heights with Monmouth Premier Play Centre, featuring an exciting 3 storey,…

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  9. A young, family run vineyard on south facing slopes in the beautiful Monmouthshire…

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  10. A charming 18th-century Round House and Naval Temple standing proudly atop a prominent…

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  11. Visit the famous recording studios on Rockfield Farm which have played host to many of…

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