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To reach Abergavenny, take the A4042 if you are travelling from Pontypool, or the A465 Heads of the Valleys Road if travelling from the Merthyr area.  Abergavenny is regarded as “the traditional gateway to South Wales and to the incomparable Brecon Beacons National Park”.  The ancient and welcoming town is the ideal centre for a truly wonderful, refreshing holiday, whether it be a short break at any time of the year or a longer leisurely stay.  The town itself, caressed by the Beacons and Black Mountains and nestling in the famous Usk Valley, is full of historic, architectural, cultural and scenic interest, proud of its past and its traditions and yet up-to-the-minute in meeting the present day needs of tourists and local people.  The beautiful northeast Gwent agricultural town of Abergavenny is also host to some rather spooky tales.

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The Council House

A council house in the town was subjected to all sorts of phenomena during the mid 1950's and the late 1970's. The occupiers reported strange occurrences including their dog being locked into a shed outside their home, "presences" felt at night, and a brown lady witnessed by a child.

The Canal


A lady dressed all in black and wearing a shawl that covers her head has been seen gliding along the canal banks of the Monmouthshire-Breconshire Canal. The apparition has been sighted on the stretch between Abergavenny and Pontypool, near to a bridge that takes the old road between these two towns, over the canal itself.

The Toy Museum


This building in Abergavenny is allegedly home to a curious type of haunting... that of a haunted dolls house! Alan Roderick documents the full story and history of this item in “Haunted Gwent”. People have claimed to see movement in the windows of the house...

The Haunted Barn at Chain Bridge


A 15th century barn is said to be the haunt of a benign presence, although its origins are unknown.

 

The Kings Arms

 

A figure of an old woman dressed in black has been observed descending the staircase and passing through the lounge.

 

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The Ghosts of Gwent by Alan Roderick

Haunted Gwent by Alan Roderick

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