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Holidays in Usk

Nestled in the gentle Monmouthshire hills on the banks of the River Usk

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Usk town square

Located in the heart of Monmouthshire close to the Brecon Beacons National Park, Usk is a place with bags of history and small-town charm.

Throughout its cobbled streets you will find that Usk’s town centre is steeped in history, with several 17th century buildings lining each road. Usk is also crowned with its own castle, which dates back to the 11th century. The romantic and ruined Usk Castle overlooks the town, covered in colourful creepers, and it is still possible to look around the ruins today, exploring the old stone towers.

Much of Usk’s heritage and everyday life centres around agriculture, and this can be seen in the farmers’ markets held in the town every other Saturday. The Usk Show also takes place every September, offering a number of livestock competitions, live entertainment and stalls from more than 300 different traders.

If you’re interested in the area’s local heritage, the Usk Rural Life Museum offers a great insight into rural life throughout Monmouthshire. The collection of artefacts on show date from between roughly 1850 and 1950, and exhibits include a Victorian cottage, a forge, a stable and a hardware store.

Usk lies just over five miles from the boundaries of the Brecon Beacons National Park, one of the most beautiful areas of the UK. It’s the perfect place to visit for active holidays, as it offers superb opportunities for activities such as walking, mountain biking and horse riding, while there are also plenty of sights to soak up, from panoramic mountain views to dramatic waterfalls. The first International Dark Sky Reserve can also be found here, making the area as dazzling by night as it is by day.

Within the town centre you’ll find a variety of independent shops, each decorated with pretty and colourful flower displays. Despite its small size there is also a good choice of places to eat in Usk, including a number of charming pubs. The Nags Head Inn is a traditional country inn serving a variety of classic dishes, while The Hall Inn is another popular spot, much-loved for its Sunday lunch.

“Throughout its cobbled streets you will find that Usk’s town centre is steeped in history…”

Five miles away lies the pretty village of Raglan, worth visiting for its extremely impressive castle, while Abergavenny, one of the country’s top foodie destinations, is only ten miles away. This town is often referred to as the ‘Gateway to Wales’, with thousands visiting each year for its annual food festival.

If you’ve been inspired to spend your next holiday in this lovely Welsh village, take a look at our full collection of Usk cottages for even more inspiration.

While you’re there

Brecon Beacons National Park

A wealth of thrilling activities and spectacular views await

Usk Rural Life Museum

150 years of agricultural history are waiting to be discovered at this charming museum

Usk Castle

Explore the romantic ruins and towers of this historic Norman castle

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