Monmouth is a town steeped in history and culture.
Lying on the border of Wales and England, Monmouth is surrounded by the rivers Wye, Trothy, and Monnow. It was voted the third-best place to live in the UK in the 2014 Sunday Times Best Places to Live Guide and is named as one of the best places to live in Wales in the same 2017 guide.
While Monmouth is perhaps best known as the birthplace of Henry V, it has many other historic tales to tell.
The development of the county town’s name is rather interesting. “Monmouth” is an anglicized version of the name, which is currently “Trefynwy” in local dialect (Welsh for “Monnow town”). It was called “Abermynwy” (Welsh for “mouth of the Monnow”) until the 1600s. “Monmouth” is a contraction of “Monnow-mouth” and “Monnow” is the anglicized word for “Mynwy”, which was the Welsh name for the river. Have you got all that?
If you are a history buff, Monmouth has plenty to offer. The quaint town’s story goes back much further than Henry V. Archaeologists have found evidence of people living in the area as long ago as the prehistoric ages, including 100m channels from the Bronze Age and the remains of a crannog from the Neolithic era. In fact, the Council for British Archaeology named Monmouth as one of Britain’s top ten towns for archaeology.
This website includes many interesting facts about the history of Monmouth. It also highlights the exciting activities that Monmouth has to offer. From the Monmouth Festival—a free music festival that has been running for 35 years—to the Monmouth Museum or Savoy Theatre: your visit is sure to be filled with culture.