Monmouthshire is a place of rolling hills and quiet valleys, scenic footpaths, and fine views over green countryside. Its towns and villages are characterful, with historic buildings and individual shops.
However, this area was not always so peaceful. The evidence of past conflict in these border lands is everywhere - from the magnificent stone castles of Chepstow, Raglan, Grosmont and more (and Monmouthshire has the most castles per square mile of any place in Britain), to Roman forts and Offa's Dyke - the great defensive earthworks built by the ancient King of Mercia and now marked by a fantastic long-distance footpath.
The handsome county town of Monmouth has a long history, and boasts a beautiful medieval bridge and fine Georgian buildings. Tourists can enjoy the picturesque Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal winds its way through the region.
Monmouthshire is also the county where Severn Road and tunnel crossings provide vital travel links to South West England.
The area has some great places to eat and drink and is known for the quality of its food - it was awarded the first ever Welsh Top Food Tourism Destination title in 2008.
There are also plenty of active pursuits to enjoy in this scenic area, which includes parts of the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the southern tip of the wonderful Brecon Beacons National Park. As well as walking and hiking, this countryside lends itself well to other outdoor activities such as cycling, horse riding, golf and watersports.