|The historic town of Chepstow provides many interesting sights and activities and is the ideal base for exploring the beautiful scenery of the Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean.
The ruins of Chepstow Castle have a spectacular setting on the cliffs over the River Wye. This powerful defensive position can best be seen from several points on the English side of the river. Entered by the Gateway at the lower end of town, its long shape, hugging the cliff edge, shows clearly its several stages of development from its early Norman beginnings.
The medieval town of Chepstow was protected on the north and east by the Wye and the town or Port Wall, which was built in the late 13th Century to afford protection on the landward sides.
The original Town Gate was built at the same time as the Port Wall during the lordship of Roger Bigod. It was rebuilt during the medieval period and the existing gate dates largely from the early 16th Century.
The elegant late 1th Century town house, at the bottom of the town, opposite the Castle car park is home to the award winning Chepstow Museum.