Beautiful town in Wales 2 hours from London regularly named one of the prettiest

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When it comes to days out and staycations in the UK, destinations in Wales are all too often overlooked.

But if you’re looking for somewhere to spend a wintery weekend, one little town just a two drive west of London really does deserve your attention.

It has been named by Culture Trip among the ten most beautiful towns in Wales, and by British and Irish walks among the Prettiest Towns and Villages in Wales.

And when you catch sight of Chepstow you’ll easily see why.

The little village sits in a bend of the River Wye in South Wales, nestled in the stunning natural surroundings just south of the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The ‘lively’ little market town is known for boasting ‘the best of ancient and modern’, with plenty of little independent boutiques for Christmas shoppers, in stunning Victorian and Georgian buildings.

History buffs will want to check out Chepstow Castle, which has an incredible vantage point overlooking the Wye, and the Chepstow Museum, which delves into the town’s winemaking, fishing and romantic art history.

Beautiful town in Wales 2 hours from London regularly named one of the prettiest
© Jim Dyson/Getty Images Chepstow Castle is one to check out when you visit

You can even wander along the town’s ancient 13th-century stone walls and see its 500-year-old gate.

Meanwhile, keen walkers staying in Chepstow will be ideally located to explore the incredible Wye Valley.

The Valley has been attracting hikers and explorers for centuries with its beautiful wooded gorges and lush green riverbanks.

Beautiful town in Wales 2 hours from London regularly named one of the prettiest
© Jim Dyson/Getty Images The town is around two hours from London

If you’re planning to stay in the area for the weekend, you also won’t won’t to miss the incredible Tintern Abbey, just a 15 minute drive north up the Wye from Chepstow.

You can wander around the ruins of the magical Cistercian Abbey, famous for inspiring the poet William Wordsworth, or view it from above by heading up to Devil’s Pulpit on the Offa’s Dyke Path.

Visitors to the area in 2019 were so impressed they took to TripAdvisor to praise the “spellbinding” scenery, describing how atmospheric it was in winter, with “lots of fog and mist.”

“Delightful backdrop of autumnal colour as the leaves change,” gushed a more recent visitor, as someone else described the area as simply “magical.”

You can reach Chepstow in around two hours from West London via the M4, or in around two-and-a-half hours via train from Paddington station, changing at Newport.

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