Abergavenny Museum and Castle, Abergavenny

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Abergavenny Museum is a museum situated in the grounds of Abergavenny Castle, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, south east Wales.The museum is housed in the square 'keep' on the high point of the castle motte, in the hunting lodge built for the Marquess of Abergavenny in 1819 on the site. The castle grounds overlook the River Usk and Castle Meadows and is in Abergavenny town centre itself.History of the museumThe museum had been mooted early in the 20th century but action to establish it only took place in the late 1950s at a period when parts of the old town of Abergavenny were undergoing some redevelopment and some interesting historical and archaeological artifacts came to light. Local residents realised that some action had to be taken to prevent these items from being lost forever and to provide a home for future finds. The action of local volunteers established the museum on its present site.The collectionThe museum houses a collection of objects of local significance: old photographs of the landscape and town; archaeological finds discovered when the new 1960s Post Office and telephone exchange was built on part of the site of the Roman fort of Gobannium; earlier prehistoric finds dating from the Mesolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age such as axe heads and arrow heads; items from the medieval and Tudor periods; a Welsh kitchen of the 1890s, a saddlers shop from 1900–1930 and Basil Jones' old grocers shop from Abergavenny town; and nationally valuable collections associated with Father Ignatius and Lady Llanover.
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  • The castle is surprisingly large - and the little local museum next to the castle ruin is free, friendly and interesting.  more »
  • Stopped for a brief look around the castle on weds afternoon....the museum is shut on Wednesdays! The ruins are nice, and the views are good, it doesn’t take long though.  more »
  • The old medieval castle ruins have a lot of history and built where the Romans had a town. The central building was built as a hunting lodge but now a museum. I was disappointed the museum had no geol...  more »
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  • A hidden gem in Abergavenny. The museum is sat within the castle walls and offers a great place to explore for an hour or so. They also hire family games to play and offer a wealth of activities and things to do. A great place to visit.
  • Nice place. Obviously, the castles are ruins, but lovely none the less. There are benches and the museum is informative and cute. If around the area, especially on a sunny day, I would definitely recommend you to visit and have a picnic.
  • Castle ruins like these are rich in atmosphere and history, and Abergavenny is no exception. Nearly always quiet when I've visited because tucked away from shops, something I value. Unostentatious museum worth a look at on a cold or rainy day, especially if you like local historical byways.
  • Interesting small museum with an eclectic mix of exhibitions. The castle ruins are good to walk around and there are lots of boards with information on.
  • Very interesting for those who appreciate local history. The castle ruins are beautiful the museum us situated in the grounds. It's a short walk from the beautiful town centre of Aberhavenny. We were there on a Sunday so not all the shops were open but still a lovely day out.
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