THINGS TO DO

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AT THE HOTEL

The Best Western Pontypool Metro Hotel is perfectly situated at the gateway to The Valleys and the Brecon Beacons. Filled with green landscapes, enticing you to explore the world heritage site at Blaenavon, nature and fantastic network of walks and paths or a gentle stroll around Llandegfedd Reservoir.

World Heritage Site

Why is Blaenavon a World Heritage Site? What makes it so important? Here you can explore the Blaenavon Story and find out about all aspects of the town’s exciting and turbulent history.

http://www.visitblaenavon.co.uk/en/Homepage.aspx

EAT AND DRINK

We offer a limited menu, served in our lounge area as an alternative to the fast food restaurants on site, however, the hotel team can personally recommend local restaurants for many reasons.  Some are historical buildings, with fantastic food, others are award-winners.  We would love to hear what you think...

The Walnut Tree

Llanddewi, Skirrid. Nr Abergavenny

www.thewalnuttreeinn.com 

A famous inn and restaurant since the early 60’s, The Walnut Tree sits two miles east of Abergavenny. It offers proper dining and drinking in an informal setting. From a glass of good wine with a plate of something, through to full lunch or dinner.

Chapel 1877

Churchill Way, Cardiff CF10 2WF

www.chapel1877.com 

There is no place like Chapel1877. Cardiff has been graced by the most amazing wining and dining venue, right at the heart of the city. Three floors of luxurious surroundings, themed on the renovated Chapel first constructed in 1877. The French-Italian Gothic themed creation was originally designed by the architect Henry C Harris, renowned for his incredible structures throughout the 1800's. A place of worship for foodies!

Yew Tree Italian restaurant

Penygarn, Pontypool

www.yewtreerestaurant.com

Simple great Italian food with fresh ingredients, always.

The Bear Hotel, Crickhowell

www.bearhotel.co.uk

Welcome to The Bear, a hotel famous far and wide for its welcoming atmosphere, historic character, convivial surroundings and good food. A cobbled forecourt, archway into the inner courtyard and 19th-century stagecoach timetable in the bar are all reminders of the Bear's former role.

The Priory Caerleon

www.thepriorycaerleon.co.uk

Set in secluded grounds in the historic town of Caerleon on the River Usk. This grand handsome building dates back to 1180. Originally a Cistercian monastery, it later became a nunnery. Many of the finest features from the past have been preserved, including the ancient flagstones and the very rare sixteenth century glass medallions which surround the nun's court.

ATTRACTIONS

Blaenavon - World Heritage Site - 6 miles from hotel

Blaenavon’s Industrial landscape became a World Heritage Site in December 2000. It is a landscape shaped by human hand, dating from the early days of the Industrial Revolution - a significant stage in human evolution, when the iron and coal industries of South Wales were of global importance.

The Blaenavon Industrial Landscape is an important place of study of the Industrial Revolution and is an ideal venue for schools studying changes in people’s daily lives in the 19th century and changes that happened in Wales, Britain and the wider world between 1760 and 1914. It is also an excellent case-study for students of urban decline and economic regeneration.

The Blaenavon World Heritage Site now boasts three visitor attractions which offer full-time, dedicated educational services to schools, colleges and adult learners – Blaenavon World Heritage Centre, Blaenavon Ironworks and Big Pit: National Coal Museum.

The Blaenavon World Heritage Centre was established to provide a focal reference point to the area’s rich industrial legacy, telling the story of the people who have shaped this landscape from the earliest days of the Industrial Revolution to the present day using a range of media including film, audio, graphics and interactive displays.

Big Pit: National Coal Museum offers guided underground tours conducted by former coal miners. The restored pithead baths features displays and interactive exhibitions enabling visitors to learn about the history of coal mining, and the people who lived and worked in coal mining communities in Wales.

Blaenavon Ironworks, the setting of the BBC television series Coal House and Coal House at War, is the most significant historical feature within the Blaenavon Industrial Landscape. Today you can view the extensive remains of the blast furnaces, cast houses and iconic water-balance tower. Within the site, a fascinating insight into the social history during the Industrial Revolution can be seen in the reconstructed company ‘truck’ shop, 19th century workers’

Blaenavon Steam Railway - 6 miles from hotel

Blaenavon's Heritage Railway is set in the heart of a World Heritage site on the edge of the Brecon Beacons in south Wales. Great for a fimily day out or if you are a devoted railway enthusiast 
http://www.visitblaenavon.co.uk

Raglan Castle - 14 miles from hotel     

Raglan, with its great multi-angular towers and Tudor styling, is unlike any other castle in Wales. The main stone used in construction of the castle is sandstone, but of two different types.                               

Cardiff Castle - 21 miles from hotel

Discover 2000 years of history in the heart of the city. From the arrival of the Romans, through the Norman Conquest to lavish Victorian design all have left their distinctive mark of the Castle.

St Fagans - 23 miles from hotel

One of Europe's leading open-air museums and Wales' most popular heritage attraction.  Over forty original buildings from various historical periods in Wales have been re-erected in the 100-acre parkland.

Originally erected in stages from around 1100 to 1520 and moved stone by stone to St Fagans over 20 years, St Teilo's Church is both an impressive project and a beautiful building.

SHOPPING

Cwmbran - 4 miles from hotel

The new Town Centre hosts a main bus station, supermarkets, small commercial units and a cinema. Over a period of 30 years developments resulted in a supermarket, car park, and small commercial units as well as a new vicinity called "Llewelyn Walk".

Newport - 9 miles from hotel

Newport is located on the river Usk, 12 miles east of Cardiff. It is the 3rd largest city in Wales with a population of 145,700.

Abergavenny - 11 miles from hotel

Abergavenny is a picturesque town situated in the South Eastern corner of Wales, only 20 miles from the English border. Abergavenny is steeped in history and enjoys and enviable position to the industry of middle and western England.

Cardiff - 21 miles from hotel

Within Cardiff, the Capital of Wales, you will find unique attractions, top class entertainment and quality shopping with a difference - all within walking distance. Cardiff Bay offers entertainment for everyone.