The charm of Chepstow is difficult to resist. Although firmly entrenched in the 21st century, the town has not forgotten its maritime heritage and medieval seafaring roots. The dry docks, wharfs and quays have been replaced by leafy parks and river walkways that have enhanced the glorious River Wye as it loops around the town.
In recent years Chepstow has benefitted from substantial investment with improved pedestrian facilities, some fine examples of public art and enhanced river access. This unique town has a deep sense of community that is strengthened by a colourful calendar of festivals, pageants and markets every year.
In many ways, Chepstow is a traditional market town with lively town centre shopping, quirky architecture and a charming mix of old and new. But this lovely walled town has one or two surprises in store.
For many residents and visitors, Chepstow Racecourse will be the highlight of the local attractions. Located on the edge of town, the course is home to the Welsh National and provides a comprehensive calendar of colourful, action-packed racing and outdoor events including a bustling Sunday market.
For the more culturally minded, the stunning Norman castle that dominates Chepstow’s skyline is the main attraction. Standing sentinel on high cliffs above the river, this stone castle has guarded the entrance to Wales since Medieval times and, along with the museum opposite, provides a fascinating insight into the local history.
The castle plays host to many events throughout the year from plays to music events with world renowned artists to son et lumière productions.