It is day two, after an amazing breakfast at our lovely BnB we are ready to head off. We jump in the car and head off to Monmouth to have a little explore of the village, we walk to the river Wye, and visit the famous bridge, we do part of the tourist walk and see the Judges’ Lodging and old Market Street.
The weather starts to clear so we head to Usk Castle in Usk. Usk Castle is privately owned and free to enter during the day, with donations requested. It is dog friendly, so we wander around the remains, it is quite beautiful with well tended gardens and lovely views.
Next we head to Tintern Abbey. The ruins of the cistercian abbey are impressive and vast. It is of course, dog friendly as long as your friend is on a lead and you make sure you pick up after them. Its £6.90 for adults and free for dogs. The ruins are well preserved with lots of information boards around the site. The Abbey is one of the oldest tourist sites, and reported to be one of the first package holiday destinations. More Information here.
We follow the Wye river path to the old mill and wander the art and craft shops before heading out of Tintern.
On recommendation we make our way to The Miners Arms in Lydney for dinner. This plain looking local pub turns out to be one of the best meals we have had in a long time. The coconut and pumpkin soup is amazing, the pork belly is tender and all the food is locally produced. This really is a great find!
“Affluence isn’t affluence at all. Hong Kong is the benchmark; everybody else’s affluence is mere tat. Until you’ve experienced that perfume-washed air as polarized glass doors embrace you into a luxury hotel’s plush interior, you’ve only had a dud replica of the real thing.”
Jonathan Gash, Jade Woman
“Full fathom five thy father lies;
Of his bones are coral made;
Those are pearls that were his eyes:
Nothing of him that doth fade,
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.
Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell: Ding-dong
Hark! now I hear them,—Ding-dong, bell.”
William Shakespeare – The Tempest
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The Tate Britain is an overlooked art gallery that really does deserve more attention. The Tate Britain is home to a whole range of art through time. My favourite section is the School of London, which houses beautiful portraits.
The Tate Britain is a short walk from Pimlico station, although also a lovely walk across the river from Vauxhall. It’s a beautiful building and impressive to behold.
The galleries are laid out in time periods. Follow them around its worth it.
We stopped to spend time enjoying Ophelia by John Everett Millais and Carnation Lily, Lily, Rose by John Singer Sargent. Two of my absolute favourite paintings.
The Tate Britain is free to get into and also has seasonal exhibitions that cost to get into. It is much quieter that some of the art galleries in London and has a much calmer feel to it. It is a great afternoon out and the cake from the cafeteria looked amazing.