Monmouthshire County Council has announced that Chepstow Tourist Information Centre (TIC) will continue to be open from 10am until 3pm each day of the week until 10th November.  This means the TIC can welcome coach tour visitors during September – one of the sector’s busiest months in the area – and staff will be on hand to encourage visits to local attractions, eateries and other businesses, helping to distribute the benefits of the coach tour market more widely.

The late summer and early autumn is also when the town welcomes a large number of walkers. Four long distance routes starting in Chepstow – Offa’s Dyke National Trail, the Wye Valley Walk, the Wales Coast Path and the Gloucestershire Way – and an increasingly popular Mon Dean Walking Festival (1st – 9th October) underscore Chepstow’s well-deserved status as an official Walkers are Welcome Town. In addition to a wide range of routes, this year’s walking festival programme includes an unusual Boots and Paddles hike which involves canoeing part of the route.  The extended TIC opening period ensures that staff can offer advice on walking routes and provide access to valued luggage lockers over this popular period.

Councillor Bob Greenland, cabinet member with responsibility for tourism said: “Delivering a positive experience to visitors is the most effective and sustainable form of marketing, as it generates repeat visits and recommendations to family and friends, and it’s recognised that Chepstow TIC contributes significantly to the enjoyment of a short break or holiday in this location.”

Council officers will actively explore partnership opportunities over the coming months for the development of a sustainable visitor information service in Chepstow beyond November.

For further information about Monmouthshire’s attractions visit www.visitmonmouthshire.com