Visiting The Kymin
You can enjoy spectacular views, picturesque pleasure grounds, a Georgian temple and a beautiful woodland walk, all of which conspire to make The Kymin, near Monmouth, a wonderful place to while away a few hours.
Picnicking paradise at The Kymin
The Kymin was both inspired by and created for picnics more than 200 years ago when a group of local gentlemen formed a picnic club and visited The Kymin every Tuesday. This led to the building of the Round House, and the pleasure grounds soon followed.
Today, the Kymin is the perfect picnic spot to lay a blanket and take in the view.
The Naval Temple
The Naval Temple was built by public subscription in 1800 to commemorate 16 of Britain’s most famous admirals and their naval victories in the Seven Years War and the war against revolutionary France.
It was dedicated to the Duchess of Beaufort, daughter of Admiral Boscawen and one of the admirals commemorated on the Naval Temple.
The neo-classical H-shaped temple was finished in 1801 and is topped with a triumphal arch supporting the figure of Britannia seated on a rock. Beneath the arch there are two paintings to see: ‘The Standard of Great Britain waving triumphant over the fallen and captive flags of France, Spain and Holland’ and ‘The Glorious and Ever Memorable Battle of the Nile’.
Grade II listed building
The Naval Temple has undergone many changes since its inception, including three restorations, the last two by the National Trust in 1987, and again in 2012 because of severe weather damage.
Today, this unusual Grade II listed building has been preserved for future generations and continues to stand as a testament to Great Britain’s past naval accomplishments.
The great outdoors at The Kymin
The Kymin is a special place for many reasons, not least for the far-reaching views. Indeed, this was one of the reasons the gentlemen of the Kymin Picnic Club favoured this spot and decided to build the Round House on the 800 ft summit.
On a clear day you can enjoy panoramic views down the Wye Valley, up into the Brecon Beacons and across to the Malvern Hills. See if you can spot Pen-y-Fan, southern Britain’s highest mountain.
A visit to Beaulieu Woods
The views of this wonderful landscape make an ideal start and end point for a relaxing and tranquil wander around Beaulieu Woods, which are part of the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Though the Round House has recently been converted to Holiday Cottages, the grounds are still open and accessible to visitors.
The Kymin is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle against the stunning backdrop of the Wye Valley and the Brecon Beacons and is also home to the unusual Naval Temple.