For a full guide to active pursuits on offer in Monmouthshire from go-karting, ballooning, and boating to fishing, cycling, gliding, golf, horse riding and paragliding contact www.visitmonmouthshire.com
Arts and crafts
This part of Monmouthshire is home to a number of talented artists, weavers, wood carvers and the like and there are also many shops and galleries selling arts and crafts. Information from Abergavenny Tourist Information Centre (email) or Black Mountain Circle (email).
Blaenavon World Heritage Site
This area is a short distance from the World Heritage Site at Blaenavon which is famous for its Ironworks and Big Pit National Mining Museum of Wales. Take this chance to have an underground tour of a coalmine escorted by a former miner. Blaenavon is also trying to challenge Hay-on-Wye as a centre for second-hand bookshops. Further details.
Monmouthshire and neighbouring counties are home to many keen gardeners, some of whom regularly open their properties in aid of charity. To find out about some of these gardens visit the National Gardens Scheme website.
Kymin Round House and Naval Monument
The National Trust is responsible for areas of coastline, moorland and mountains in Wales as well as some historic properties including the local Skenfrith Castle and The Kymin Round House and Naval Monument. To find out more about enjoying these places during your trip visit the National Trust website.
Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal
There are several fascinating museums in the locality, at Abergavenny, Monmouth and Usk, which give an insight into life in the local area in days gone by and provide a welcome diversion when the weather is inclement.
Nature reserves and wildlife
A visit to this picturesque rural part of Wales brings with it every day the chance to see nature close at hand whether it be the area's ubiquitous rabbits, squirrels, foxes, badgers and buzzards or some rarer species of flora and fauna. As well as the beautiful local landscape (which is increasingly being kept in an environmentally friendly way by farmers and gardeners) there are locally several designated nature reserves and Sites of Special Scientific Interest. For further details visit the Gwent Wildlife Trust website.