Chepstow in Wales ; A Review of An Average Jans' Day Out ( Iincluding Charity Shops)

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A Daytrip to Chepstow in Wales by 'an average Jane'.

Chepstow in Wales : Average Jans' Day Out (including the Charity Shops)

We have been planning a day trip to Chepstow in Wales for many years and happily took the chance this January (2011). It had been raining and was very cold so wrapped up against the elements we went on 'an adventure'.

Firstly we were very happy with the low price to park. We used the car-park by the Castle but there was ample choice and all clearly signposted.This car-park had the convenience of being located next to the Tourist Information Office so that took our first 'pop in stop'.

There are several Pubs located within minutes from here but we decided to head into town. This was done via a fairly steep but pretty street with brightly painted houses. The houses are of interest in themselves as many have interesting old doors with lovely door knockers. You soon arrive in the centre where there are many types of shop from the usual high street variety to some speciality shops that entice you in with fantastic window displays of boutique and 'shabby chic' wares that they are selling.

We had our lunch in a 'Party pub' very nice too but we were told that they had a 'Weatherspoon' (our usual haunt) located in the town along with more select eating houses. You are really spoilt for choice from the pop in 'Greggs' bakery to 'posh restaurants' and pub dining.
I am very fond of Charity shops as like many others I love this modern day treasure hunt and we can shop knowing less fortunate people are benefiting.There was a mass of Charity shops from the better known to local ones giving me something to browse whilst my husband was taking in this lovely town with its ancient landmarks and modern statues. I must admit it is larger than I had thought and would easily fill a day if you visited the famous Castle as well.
You are constantly reminded that you are in another country with the local Welsh accent washing over you although many people had English accents due probably to the fact that this town has been fought over for thousands of years.
There is one lovely street that houses lots of speciality shops and a small 'antiques centre'. Great fun to visit but be careful if you have small children or large shopping bags as room is at a premium with a hoard of 'treasures' of all price tags on display.

I popped into a sweet little shop called 'Serendipity' which was described by another shopper as an 'Aladdin's cave'. It has a very friendly lady who chatted to everyone but not in a pushy way (don't you just hate false politeness). Please watch the step though on entering the shop. (I read the sign, popped out to get my purse from one of the bags hubby was kindly carrying and on re-entering promptly forgot the step) no harm done but I did feel daft. A lovely muddle of a shop with some lovely things to buy, mostly vintage or second-hand. Don't forget to look in the back room but be warned if you like something buy it as a picture I spotted ( and was' just looking' at) the first time was sold by the time I returned ('how very dare they!)

Be sure to Visit Chepstow Castle.

With light becoming less we made our way back to the car. The fantastic Castle at Chepstow is world famous and looks how a Castle that has survived various battles should look. The price is reasonable in my opinion (check their site as I can't remember the details) . I didn't have time to go in and will have to let you know what it's like behind the large entrance doors another day.
Both myself and hubby are keen photographers although I am a novice having only got into it over the last few months. Still I love my new hobby and this Castle was fantastic from outside to get my creative juices flowing. You can walk around the Castle outside front perimeter without being held up by fences or keep out signs which we thought gave us the feeling that we will make a return trip with the Castle as our first stop.

The hikers and walkers are very welcome in this town and you will see many on your visit.I must mention the fantastic river views all around Chepstow before I go please make time to stop and take them in. You suddenly become aware of just how high up you are. This is a tidal location with an ornate bridge to one side as you depart. So ,all in all a lovely place to visit that I would recommend. thank-you for reading.

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Castle, Charity Shops, Chepstow, Daytrip, Family, Scenic, Shopping, Wales

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
23rd Jan 2011 (#)

good info - please add a picture, people love articles with pictures. I should like to visit Wales as a tourist sometime and see Chepstow. I hear they have great races.

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author avatar blackangelwings
23rd Jan 2011 (#)

It's a lovely country to visit and the racing is said to be 'special' too. I will add some images of the day soon. thanks for reading. love and light.

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