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staying in chepstow?

we're thinking of an overnite in chepstow as we drive from wales to gatwick? any suggestions? thanks, nick from santa cruz

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Wales is filled with many wonderful castles. We visited several during our drive tour in 2017, be we missed Chepstow. Not sure where you would find lodging.

Bath might be a good option, if you haven't visited that city and the Roman Bath Museum. We loved the Brooks Guesthouse.

You would be driving all the way across southern England to Gatwick. We found the traffic in southern England to be heavy or very heavy or a parking lot. Beware of when you drive on the M25 orbital, it can be the parking lot.

From Chepstow just to Heathrow would probably be about 3 hours. I think there is shuttle service from Heathrow to Gatwick, or you could take the trains if the M25 is a parking lot. In 2013, we spent about 4 hours trying to drive 20 miles on the M25.

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We drove from Heathrow to Tintern in 2.5 hours, but we had no traffic jams and traffic was fairly light, although there were construction zones. There are few hotels in Chepstow and difficult to reserve especially if there’s horse racing taking place. I read a few reviews where reservations were cancelled at the last minute due to the racing and the lodgings could get more money. Therefore, we stayed in Tintern, a few miles up the road. Tintern Abbey is worth visiting. We stayed at Parva Farmhouse B&B and highly recommend it.

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Hello from Wisconsin,
Chepstow castle...great.
Places to stay? Easy, anywhere from $49 on up. Just look at booking.com.
Tintern is near by. St. Braviels is also a nice medieval hilltop castle. Still used as Youth Hostel. But was a favorite of King John's.

wayne iNWI

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Chepstow is a great place for an overnight . If you do a google search "Chepstow Accommodation" it throws up lots of different suggestions from hotels to pubs to B&Bs. Choose somewhere central.

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I'm not sure why there is a suggestion to drive to Heathrow and take a shuttle to Gatwick. There is no shuttle per se, the only public transport is by National Express coach which takes around 75 minutes on average but as you'll have a car it seems nonsense to go for that option. Driving to Gatwick or taking the National Express to Gatwick both entails driving some of the route on the M25. It is one of the busiest roads in the UK and whilst I've frequently experienced heavy and slow traffic it's not quite so bad as people often make it out to be therefore it makes no sense to go through the hassle of driving to Heathrow, drop the car off and take the expensive coach that'll drive the same route that you would have driven yourself and arrived much earlier.

Whilst I haven't stayed in Chepstow it is a nice area and would be a good choice. Unfortunately i can't offer any recommendations for places to stay.