Bordering Newport, the counties of Monmouthshire, Caerphilly and county of Blaenau Gwent, the north of the borough has many areas of hillside and countryside which make for fantastic walking especially the cycling and walking routes to the Blaenavon area with its World Heritage Site, on edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, and many other attractions.
There are many charming and diverse hotels and bed and breakfasts to stay at in the area, aswell as peaceful farm cottages in a county which has superb views, rolling hillside and tranquil settings.
Abersychan - the birthplace of the politician Roy Jenkins, Abersychan is situated
in the Afon Lwyd valley and was a thriving industrial centre for iron production in the early 20th century.
Blaenavon - situated in a remote location in the Blaenavon mountains, this World Heritage Site has many attractions including the Big Pit National Coal Museum, the Blaenavon Ironworks and the Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway which is popular with tourists while in Torfaen. At the World Heritage Centre you can browse the displays and videos to discover the history of the area. The town is home to the Blaenavon Male Voice Choir and is twinned with Coutras in France.
Cwmbran - a new town established in 1949 situated east of the Usk valley surrounded by hills to its northern and western edges which reach to over 1000 feet. The Cwmbran Shopping Centre has been extended and refurbished several times over the last 30 years to house a cinema, bus station and supermarkets.
Pontypool - situated on the Afon Lwyd river and home to the Pontypool Rugby Football Club which was founded in the 1870's, the town centre has been redeveloped and improved over the last decade. Pontypool is also home to Wales oldest and longest artificial Ski slope.