Contact the Centre
Monmouthshire NP7 5ND
Tel: +44(01873) 853254
GPS: 51.821677, -3.015344
Open 6 days a week
Monday to Saturday: 10am -2pm
Services include: Accommodation booking service,
National Express Booking Service,
Ticket sales for some local events
Tapestry & Exhibition
Don't hesitate to contact the Centre with any of your queries
About the Tithe Barn
The Tithe Barn was originally built in the 12th Century to store Tithes – taxes paid to the Priory’s monks by the people living on the monastic estate. Following the dissolution of St Mary’s Priory in 1542, the building was used for many different purposes, including a theatre in the 17th Century and a discotheque in the 20th Century.
The Church took ownership of the Tithe Barn and was undertaken in 2002 to stabilise the building allowing it to continue to be visited almost 900 years after it was first built.
Today, visitors from all over the world come to learn about the fascinating and turbulent history of the Priory Church and to marvel at the magnificent Abergavenny Tapestry which took a dedicated team of 60 ladies almost four years to complete.
Abergavenny Tourist Information and National Park Centre is conveniently situated in the town in the Tithe Barn beside the Cathedral. It is ideally located as a ‘Gateway’ centre to discover the Brecon Beacons National Park and Mid Wales, while also being perfectly situated to offer wide ranging information about the beautiful foodies haven that is Monmouthshire.
It is a networked ‘Visit Wales’ centre and as such offers a full range of services. The knowledgeable staff will help you make the most of your stay in the area and will be more than happy to help plan your journey on through Wales
They can give you lots of ideas of where to go, what to do, how to get there and where to stay.
The centre stocks a wide variety of free leaflets about the immediate and wider area and also sells local guide books, OS maps, a wide selection of walking books and other interesting publications as well as Welsh souvenirs, Welsh food and confectionery, postcards and greeting cards, love spoons and jewellery.
Long known as 'the Gateway to Wales' and a great base for exploring the eastern reaches of the Brecon Beacons National Park, Abergavenny is a thriving market town (14000pop.) with a good selection of shops and places to eat.
There are seven hills surrounding Abergavenny all of which can be walked from the town centre. The Sugar Loaf and Skirrid Fawr are packed with character; an ascent of either of them will stick in the memory long after your visit. Close at hand, the River Usk flows beside Castle Meadows while the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal snakes around the wooded slopes of Blorenge across the valley. The town is ideally located for access into the valleys of the Black Mountains.
Abergavenny has a good variety of accommodation for walkers and other outdoor activities such as pony trekking, mountain biking and fishing are available close by.