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Monmouth (Welsh: Trefynwy) is a town in south Wales, county town of the traditional county of Monmouthshire. It is situated at the confluence of the River Wye and River Monnow, and hence the name Monmouth, a contraction of 'Monnow-Mouth'. The Welsh name literally means Monnow town - tref (town) + Mynwy (River Monnow).

Monmouth boasts a 13th-century stone gated bridge, unique in Britain as it is the only preserved bridge of its design remaining. After centuries of waiting a second bridge over the Monnow was finally opened on the March 15, 2004, thus allowing the old bridge to become pedestrianised. This project has, however, meant the demolition of the old cattle market, thus Monmouth is no longer the market town it has traditionally been; however, a farmers' market selling local produce is still held.

Monmouth is very much a town of schools. Apart from the comprehensive school with over 1600 pupils, there are two independent schools - Monmouth School and Haberdashers' Monmouth School for Girls. There are also several state primary schools, with most areas served by both infants' and juniors' Schools.

Monmouth is twinned with Carbonne, France and Waldbronn, Germany.

Monmouth has its history in the times of the Roman occupation of Britain. The Romans called it Blestium, and modern local historians have found items of pottery and coinage that date from that period.

The town's appears again in the Domesday Book, and for the eleventh and twelth centuries the town and surrounding areas were ruled by French lords after the conquest of England by William the Conqueror in 1066. During this time, Monmouth Castle was built, holding views over the surrounding area. A Benedictine priory was also created in 1101, and it was from here that Geoffrey of Monmouth wrote his Historia Regum Britanniae (History of the Kings of Britain). A fortified bridge was built during the thirteenth century.

In 1387, Henry V was born in Monmouth Castle. He would win the Battle of Agincourt in 1415. Many parts of Monmouth, including the town's main square, are named after this battle.

In 1605, James I granted Monmouth a town charter by letters patent. The granting of the charter included the charge that the town "at all perpetual future times ... be and remain a town and borough of Peace and Quiet, to the example and terror of the wicked and reward of the good".

Famous people associated with Monmouth include:

  • Geoffrey of Monmouth, born in 1090 and wrote Historia Regum Britanniae, the 'History of British Kings'
  • James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth, leader of the Monmouth Rebellion of 1685
  • Henry V, born in Monmouth castle in 1387, who was immortalised in his victory at Agincourt and the square in the centre of town is named after this battle.
  • William Jones, a liveryman of Worshipful Company of Haberdashers and founder of the first of the town's grammar schools. (The second was founded late in the nineteenth century, directly by the Haberdashers' Company.)
  • Lord Nelson, who paid two visits to the town and approved a naval temple on the nearby Kymin Hill. Monmouth is home to a large collection of Nelson material.
  • Charles Rolls, who lived in Monmouth and was co-founder of the Rolls-Royce company and was the first man to make a non-stop double crossing of the English Channel by plane. There is a statue of Charles Rolls in Agincourt Square, so named in recent years to attract tourists to the town by playing on Henry V's association.
  • Dave Edmunds, Rock musician who was instrumental in the conception of the nationally famous Rockfield Studios, situated just outside the town, where Queen recorded their hit Bohemian Rhapsody.

 Youth Hostel: The Riverside Hotel


 Cinemas:
 Savoy
       Church Street
       Monmouth
       Gwent
 01600 772467


 Libraries:
 Monmouth Library
       The Rolls Hall
       Whitecross Street
       Monmouth
       NP25 3BY
 01600 775215
 Mon 9.30am-5.30pm
       Tue 9.30am-5.30pm
       Wed 10.00am-5.00pm
       Thur 9.30am-8.00pm
       Fri 9.30am-5.30pm
       Sat 9.30am-1.00pm
  Wheelchair access, Toilet, Hearing loop


 Farmers Markets:
 Monmouth Farmers Market
       The Old Monnow Bridge
       Monnow Street
       Monmouth
       Monmouthshire
       NP25 3EG
       10am-1pm 4th Saturday each month
 0845 610 6496


 Football: Monmouth Town FC


 Golf:
 Monmouth Golf Club
       Leasebrook Lane
       Monmouth
       Monmouthshire
       NP25 3SN
 01600 712212

 Rolls of Monmouth Golf Club
       The Hendre
       Monmouth
       Monmouthshire
       NP25 5HG
 01600 715353


 Museums:
 Castle & Regimental Museum
       Monmouth Castle
       Monmouth
       Gwent
       NP25 3BS
 01600 772175

 Nelson Museum & Local History Centre
       Market Hall
       Priory
       Monmouth
       Gwent
       NP25 3XA
 01600 710630


 Rugby:
 Monmouth RFC
       Old Druids Meads
       Glendower Street
       Monmouth
       Gwent
       NP25 3DG
 01600 712309


 Taxis:
 Amber Cars
       Apex House
       Wonastow Rd
       Monmouth
       Gwent
       NP25 4DQ
 01600 712200

 Whiteways Taxis
       22 Brook Estate
       Monmouth
       Gwent
       NP25 5AN
 01600 716274


 Vets:
 Monnow Bridge Veterinary Surgery
       2 Drybridge St
       Monmouth
       Gwent
       NP25 5AD
 01600 712985

 Drybridge Veterinary Clinic
       2a Wonastow Rd
       Monmouth
       Gwent
       NP25 5AH
 01600 712206


 Tourist Information Centre

 Telephone:

01600 713899

 Fax:

01600 772794

 Email:

[email protected]

 Address:

Shire Hall Agincourt Square
Monmouth
Monmouthshire
NP25 3DY

 Hours:

Winter 7 Days 9:00 - 17:00
Summer
7 Days  9:00 - 17:30


 Pubs/Bars:
 Boat Inn
       Lone Lane
       Monmouth
       Gwent
       NP25 4AJ

 Britannia Inn
       Drybridge Street
       Monmouth
       Gwent
       NP25 3AD
 01600 712440

 Bull Inn
       5 Agincourt Square
       Monmouth
       Gwent
       NP25 3BT

 The Gate House
       125 Monnow Street
       Monmouth
       Gwent
       NP25 3EG
 01600 713890

 Green Dragon Inn
       St Thomas Square
       Monmouth
       Gwent
       NP25 3ES
 01600 712561

 Griffin Inn
       Whitecross Street
       Monmouth
       Gwent
       NP25 3BY
 01600 712541

 The Kings Head
       Agincourt Square
       Monmouth
       Gwent
       NP25 3BT
       01600 713417

 King Henry V
       100 Monnow Street
       Monmouth
       Gwent
       NP25 3EQ
 01600 772250

 Mayhill Hotel
       Mayhill
       Monmouth
       Gwent
       NP25 3LX
 01600 712765

 The Old Nags Head
       Granville St
       Monmouth
       Gwent
       NP25 3DR
 01600 713782

 Punch House
       Agincourt Square,
       Monmouth.
       Gwent
       NP25 3BT
 01600 713855

 Queens Head Hotel
       1 St James Street
       Monmouth
       Gwent
       NP25 3DL
 01600 712767

 Riverside Hotel
       Cinderhill Street
       Monmouth
       Gwent
       NP25 3EY

 Robin Hood Inn
       Monnow Street
       Monmouth
       Gwent
       NP25 3EQ
 01600 713240

 The Royal Oak
       Old Hereford Road
       Monmouth
       Gwent
       NP25 3GA
 01600 772505

 The Three Horseshoes
       21 Drybridge Street
       Monmouth
       Gwent
       NP25 3AD
 01600 712802

 Vine Tree Inn
       57 Monnow Street
       Monmouth
       Gwent
       NP25 3EW
 01600 713935


 Hotels:
 The Punch House
       Agincourt Square
       Monmouth
       Gwent
       NP25 3BT
 01600 713855

 Riverside Hotel
       Cinderhill Street
       Monmouth
       Gwent
       NP25 5EY
 01600 715577

 Wetherlodge
       8 Agincourt Square
       Monmouth
       Gwent
       NP25 3DY
 01600 710500


 B&B's/Guesthouses:
 Burton Guest House
       19 St James Square
       Monmouth
       Gwent
       NP25 3DN
 01600 714958

 Casita Alta
       15 Toynbee Close
       Osbaston
       Monmouth
       Gwent
       NP25 3NU
 01600 713023

 Offar's B&B
       37 Brook Estate
       Monmouth
       Gwent
       NP25 5AN
 01600 716934


 Campsites/Carvans
 Trefaldu Fishery Camping And Caravan Park
       Trefaldu Farm
       Dingestow
       Monmouth
       Monmouthshire
       NP25 4BQ
 01600 740236
 http://www.trefaldufishery.co.uk/

 Bridge Caravan & Camping Site
       Dingestow
       Monmouth
       Monmouthshire
       NP25 4DY
 01600 740241
 01600 740241
 http://www.bridgecaravanpark.co.uk/

 Glen Trothy Caravan & Camping
       Mitchel Troy
       Monmouth
       Monmouthshire
       NP25 4BD
 01600 712295
 http://www.glentrothy.co.uk/

 Monmouth Caravan Park
       Southfield
       Rockfield Road
       Monmouth
       Gwent
       NP25 5BA
 01600 714745

 Monnow Bridge Caravan Site
       Drybridge Street
       Monmouth
       Monmouthshire
       NP25 3AD
 01600 714004


 Restaurants:
 Boston Diner (Mexican)
       8 Church Street
       Monmouth
       Gwent
       NP25 3BU
 01600 712001

 China Boy Jo (Chinese)
       100 Monnow Street
       Monmouth
       Gwent
       NP25 3EQ
 01600 775333


 Cafes:
 Cafe Monnow
       3 Monnow Street
       Monmouth
       Gwent
       NP25 3EF
 01600 775524

 Henry's
       4 Beaufort Arms Court
       Agincourt Square
       Monmouth
       Gwent
       NP25 3UA
 01600 772290

 The Malsters Coffee Shop
       9 St Mary Street
       Monmouth
       Gwent
       NP25 3DB
 01600 713688

 The Malt House
       12-14 St Mary Street
       Monmouth
       Gwent
       NP25 3DB
 01600 772052

 Wedges
       94 Monnow Street
       Monmouth
       Gwent
       NP25 3EQ
 01600 713513

 The Whole Earth
       10 White Swan Court
       Priory Street
       Monmouth
       Gwent
       NP25 3NY
 01600 715555


 Take Aways:
 A Smith
       75 Monnow Street
       Monmouth
       Gwent
       NP25 3EW
 01600 712123

 Canton Kitchen
       62 Monnow Street
       Monmouth
       Gwent
       NP25 3EN
 01600 712192

 Eat Your Crusts
       5 St Mary Street
       Monmouth
       Gwent
       NP25 3DB
 01600 772977

 Full House
       Market Hall
       Priory Street
       Monmouth
       Gwent
       NP25 3XA
 01600 712888

 Monnow Bridge (Fish and Chips)
       Monnow Street
       Monmouth
       Gwent
       NP25 3EG
 01600 712298

 Stephen's Fish Bar (Fish and Chips)
       88-90 Monnow Street
       Monmouth
       Gwent
       NP25 3EQ
 01600 714869


 Other:
 Monmouth Conservative Club
       Priory House
       Whitecross Street
       Monmouth
       Gwent
       NP25 3BY
 01600 713263

 Monmouth Canoe Hire
       Castle Yard
       Old Dixton Road
       Monmouth
       Gwent
       NP25 3DP
 01600 713461

 Monmouth Rowing Club
       Boat House
       Old Dixton Road
       Monmouth
       Gwent
       NP25 3DP
 01600 714488

 The Royal British Legion
       7 St James Street
       Monmouth
       Gwent
       NP25 3DL
 01600 712634

 Simone's Health Clubs Ltd
       15 Church Street
       Monmouth
       Gwent
       NP25 3BX
 01600 772223


 Retail in Monmouth:
 Somerfield - Monmouth
       10 Oldway Centre
       Monnow Street
       Monmouth
       NP25 3PS
 01600 712288



 

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