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a VirtualTourist member from Edmonton


Around Chepstow and Tintern Abbey

Ma and I will be in this area for 2 nights in April. We plan to view Chepstow Castle and Tintern Abbey, before heading back to London. We are using trains/buses. The goal is to photograph the scenery in this area, old castles, baths, medieval architecture, etc etc (the stuff of romance!). If I had only 1 more spot to visit in this area, what should we see? Has to be in the Chepstow-Tintern area. I was thinking maybe Raglan Castle? But don't know how to get there by public transit. Anything else? We only have the 2 nights, 1 complete day.

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answered by
a VirtualTourist member from London

Hi Ive been around these parts only with rental cars but I did love Raglan castle! my grandmother retired to Raglan in NZ so we were there quite often. - is the link i just found that also includes info for getting there by public transport...from Newport, MOnmouth and Abergavenny - i loved the old bridge at Monmouth! this site for south wales looks a very informative site that will hopefully be of good help giving other ideas as well

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Solihull

25 - 30 miles away from Tintern is Goodrich castle.

However, the transport links are likely to still be a problem for you.

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Solihull

Distance from Tintern is about 16 - 20 miles - my mistake.

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Germany

I've been to both on public transport, but this was some time ago, so I cannot tell you anything about the buses now. If I had to choose between the two, I'd choose Tintern Abbey. Chepstow is a great castle, but Tintern Abbey was something special for me.
Just to be on the safe side I'd advise you to have the telephone number of a taxi company on a card.Then, if you happen to miss the last bus, you won't be stranded. When I was there I noticed some of the buses left a minute or two before schedule, making people wait a long time for the next one.

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Edmonton

Thank you for all your answers! As it turns out, the suggestion to grab a tour from Cardiff works out really well for us. Instead of Chepstow, we'll stay in CArdiff and take one of the tours of the Wye Valley from there, for 45pounds each. This is great for 2 older ladies who can't prance about like they used to. Unfortunately, did not offer a tour on Tuesday but I think I found another one that does. HOpefully, they are as good as the other. Thank you again!

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Edmonton

oh, I'm getting my share of snow here in the Great White North of Canada. P.L.E.N.T.Y. And at minus 26, I'll just wait for a nice soggy day in Wales, thanks ;P. Rain, I can handle. I've contacted WhereWhenWales tours since they have Tuesday tours and am waiting to see if I can book the tour.

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