Monmouth is in the heart of the Wye Valley, and, as a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is surrounded by magnificent countryside.
As a border town, this is where Wales really begins - from the viewpoint on the Kymin, a National Trust property overlooking Monmouth town, the Forest of Dean, the hills around Abergavenny, Hay Bluff, and the Brecon Beacons far distant, make a superb vista.
Some of the population of just over 10,000 work locally, particularly in the many schools, but a large percentage commute to Bristol, Cardiff and Hereford.
There is excellent motorway access to the Midlands, the North, South Wales, and to the Severn Bridge and London.
For the tourist, Stratford on Avon, the Forest of Dean, Tintern Abbey and the Wye Valley, the Brecon Beacons National Park and West Wales are all within easy reach.
Monmouth is twinned with the town of Carbonne, in the south-west of France and Waldbronn in Germany.