Abergavenny Museum

The Castle
Abergavenny NP7 5EE


Housed in a Regency hunting lodge, which is known as 'the keep', Abergavenny Museum is set within the ruins of a Norman castle. The museum presents the story of this historic market town from prehistoric, Roman and Norman times through to the present day.

Big Pit: National Coal Museum

Big Pit: National Coal Museum
Blaenafon NP4 9XP


Big Pit is a real colliery. It was the place of work for hundreds of men, women and children for over 200 years - a daily struggle to extract that precious mineral that stoked the furnaces and lit the household fires of the world.

Blaenavon Ironworks

North Street
Blaenavon NP4 9RQ


Blaenavon Ironworks, which commenced production in 1789, is the best preserved blast furnace complex of its period and type in the world and is one of the most important monuments to have survived from the early part of the industrial revolution. Today you can view the extensive remains of the blast furnaces, the cast houses and the impressively restored Water Balance Tower. Through exhibitions, advanced interpretation features and reconstructions, you can learn about the international significance of the iron industry and the scientific processes involved in the production of iron. A fascinating insight into the social history of industrial Britain can be gained by glimpsing into the past at the reconstructed company shop and the refurbished workers' cottages, at Stack Square and Engine Row.

Caldicot Castle Country Park

Caldicot Castle, Church Road
Caldicot NP26 4HU


Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the castle's exciting past. The castle was developed as a fortress by Royal hands in the Middle Ages and restored as a Victorian family home. Collections: The Cobb Collection includes furniture, fittings and other decorative objects which the family used to furnish the castle when it was their home (1880s to 1940s). This collection also includes costume with some fine 18th century clothing.

Castle & Regimental Museum

The Castle
Monmouth NP25 3BS


This small volunteer-run museum, with free admission, tells the story of the Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers - the only present-day regiment to have survived from the Militia. From a muster in 1539 it evolved into a Posse Comitatus and, after enduring sieges in the Civil War, was a Militia Regiment for two centuries.

Chepstow Museum

Gwy House, Bridge Street
Chepstow NP16 5EZ


Chepstow Museum reveals the rich and varied past of this ancient town, once an important port and market centre. Wine trade, shipbuilding and salmon fishing are among Chepstow's many industries featured in displays with atmospheric settings.

National Roman Legion Museum

High Street
Caerleon NP18 1AE


Almost 2000 years ago, the Roman Empire dominated the civilised world. Britain was its furthest outpost and, in AD 75, a fortress was founded at Caerleon which would guard the region for over 200 years.

Nelson Museum & Local History Centre

New Market Hall, Priory Street
Monmouth NP25 3XA


The Nelson Museum was founded in 1924, based on a collection of material relating to the famous admiral. The local history centre, in the same building, deals with Monmouth and its people, including Charles Rolls of Rolls-Royce fame and Henry V.

Newport Museum & Art Gallery

John Frost Square
Newport NP20 1PA


The history of the people who lived in this area is traced from the earliest evidence 250,000 years ago through to the 20th century. Themes covered by the social history collections range from domestic and personal life to local industrial developments and agriculture. The most significant collections are the Transporter Bridge archive and the Chartist collection; weapons, broadsheets, silver and prints from the 1839 Chartist protest in Newport.

Pontypool Museum

Park Buildings
Pontypool NP4 6JH


The museum collects artefacts from the history, archaeology, geology, social and industrial histories, art, craft and ecology of the Torfaen Valley (including the towns of Blaenafon, Pontypool and Cwmbran).

Tredegar House - National Trust

Tredegar House
Newport NP10 8YW


Set in a beautiful 90 acre park, Tredegar House is one of the best examples of a 17th century Charles II mansion in Britain. The earliest surviving part of the building dates back to the early 1500s.

Usk Rural Life Museum

The Malt Barn, New Market Street
Usk NP5 1AU


Based in the historic town of Usk, the museum aims to conserve and display aspects of the history, heritage and traditions of rural life in the county of Monmouthshire. .