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Welcome to Shire Hall…

Shire Hall is a former Court of Assizes and Quarter Sessions in the centre of Monmouth, South Wales. It is a Grade I listed, classically designed building in Agincourt Square at the top of Monnow Street.

In 2011, the entire building was sympathetically refurbished to provide a modern facility which can accommodate Weddings, business meetings, Conferences, celebrations and exhibitions. All of this has been done whilst maintaining the integrity of this historically and architecturally important building. You will feel that you are in a modern, attractive space but will be constantly aware of the vast heritage that The Shire Hall offers.

The large rooms have also become an important part of Monmouth’s vibrant local community and hosts the local youth theatre group, various types of dance lessons, The Wye Valley artists and the Wyedean Embroiderers to name but a few.

Shire Hall was the scene of one of the most significant trials in British history when, in 1839/40, John Frost and other Chartists were tried for their involvement in the Chartist Riots in Newport. Courtroom 1 has been fully restored to how it looked in the 1840s and is fully interactive, allowing visitors to sit in the Judge’s chair and go down to the holding cells to experience first-hand the unpleasant conditions prisoners of the day had been subjected to.

Shire Hall Museum Sign

Monmouth Town Council still resides at The Shire Hall and meets every Monday in the Old Council Chamber. The Mayor’s Parlour provides an important Civic Meeting place and the cobbles at the front of the building accommodate important Civic Functions such as Freedom Parades.

There is a general market held on the cobbles and under the arches every Saturday and casual markets appear on other days throughout the year. There are also craft fairs inside in our Community Room on a semi regular basis, especially in the run up to Christmas.

An important part of the restoration was the installation of a lift to all floors allowing everyone unrestricted access to every part of the building.

Visitor information is available from reception within the beautiful glass entrance where you can find maps, books, gifts and souvenirs.

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Visitor Information

Opening hours:

Shire Hall and Monmouth Tourist Information Centre

Opening hours: Monday – Sunday 10am-4pm (subject to change) 

Please note that Shire Hall is open for private functions outside of standard opening hours.

For further information please contact us.

Admission:

Child £1.00

Adult £2.00

Family £5.00

 

Accesibility:

The Shire Hall renovation project has included the installation of a lift to allow everyone unrestricted access to all of the building.  If you have specific accessibility queries please get in touch, we will be happy to answer your questions.

Access by car:

Shire Hall Monmouth is based in the heart of Monmouth and is easily accessible by car from the West Midlands, West Country, South Wales and London.

Birmingham and West Midlands  M5, M50, A40.

London, South East and Home Countries  M4, M48, A449, A466.

Bristol and South West – M5, M48, A449, A466.

South Wales  M4, M48, A449, A40.

Monmouth car parks:

Chippenham Long Stay Pay and Display (Spaces 32 Disabled 2)

Cornwall House Long Stay Pay and Display (Spaces 50 Disabled 3)

Glendower St Short Stay Pay and Display (Spaces 121 Disabled 9)

Monnow St Long Stay Pay and Display (Spaces 39 Disabled 2)

Cattle Market Long Stay Pay and Display (Spaces 184 Disabled 13)

Cinderhill St- free (Spaces 40 Disabled 0)

Old Dixton Rd- free (Spaces 30 Disabled 2)

Monmouthshire bus guides:

Please click here to view the latest public transport guide.

Address: Shire Hall | Agincourt Square | Monmouth | NP25 3DY

T: 01600 775257 | E: enquiries@shirehallmonmouth.org.uk

*Please note: the building is occasionally closed for private events.  Please contact the Shire Hall to confirm any special arrangements in advance.