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Usk from Usk Castle. Photograph © Rachelle Sadler

Usk (signposted in Welsh as Brynbuga) is a small picturesque town in Monmouthshire, Wales, situated 10 miles northeast of Newport. The River Usk flows through the town and is spanned by an ancient, arched stone bridge at the southern entrance to the town. A castle above the town overlooks the ancient Anglo-Welsh border crossing - the river can usually be waded on foot even today.

Usk Castle (http://www.uskcastle.com/), whilst hidden from view by its surrounding trees (planted in the early 20th century), is one of a few castles still privately owned & occupied, in 2005 the 600th anniversary of the battle of Pwll Melyn was commemorated by a son-et-lumiere show (http://www.uskcastlepageant.org.uk/).

Usk was founded in 55AD as a Roman settlement of Burrium and was a thriving market town through Victorian times. The current population is less than 2,500 and the town is known for its unusually abundant supply of pubs and restaurants. Many people will make the drive from Newport and even further afield for a quiet meal away from the bustle of the city. The main street, which is the A472 road, is a narrow collection of old houses, restaurants, pubs, shops and businesses (some dating back to the 15th century), and it passes a tranquil town square.

Usk won the Large Village award in the 2005 Britain in Bloom awards.

Usk was the birthplace of Adam of Usk. During the "Welsh Revolt", in 1403 Owain Glyndŵr burnt Usk to the ground. The Battle of Usk (Pwll Melyn) in 1405 occurred when English forces routed their Welsh opponents causing much loss of life, including the execution of several hundred Welshmen. In 1678, Usk was the site of St David Lewis' martyrdom for his alleged part in the bogus Popish Plot of Titus Oates.

Etymology
The name comes from the Ancient British word wysg or uisge meaning water, and so has the same origin as the word "whisky". As with other towns in Wales (e.g. Abergavenny) it was assigned an unrelated Welsh name Brynbuga during the latter 20th century.


 Libraries in Usk:
 Usk Library
       18a Maryport Street
       Usk
       NP15 1AE
 Tue 9.30am-5.30pm
       Thur 9.30am-7.00pm
       Fri 9.00am-5.30pm
       Sat 9.30am-1.00pm
 Wheelchair access, Hearing loop


 Golf in Usk:
 Alice Springs Golf Club
       Bettws Newydd
       Near Usk
       Monmouthshire
       NP15 1JU
 01873 880244

 Woodlake Park Golf Club
       Glascoed
       Near Usk
       Monmouthshire
       NP4 0TE
 01291 673933


 Farmers Markets in Usk:
 Usk Farmers Market
       Memorial Hall
       Maryport Street
       Usk
       Monmouthshire
       NP15 1LH
 10:00am-1:00pm 1st & 3rd Saturday each month
 0845 610 6496
 http://www.uskfm.co.uk


 Museums in Usk in Usk:
 Usk Rural Life Museum
       The Malt Barn
       New Market Street
       Usk
       Gwent
       NP15 1AU
 01291 673777

Display at the Rural Life Museum, Usk. Photograph © John Pember


 Rugby in Usk:
 Usk RFC
       Red Shed Meadow
       Llanbadoc
       Usk
       Gwent
       NP15 1SY
 01291 673185


 Vets in Usk:
 Usk Veterinary Centre
       Porthycarne St
       Usk
       Gwent
       NP15 1RZ
 01291 672637


 Pubs/Bars in Usk:
 Beaufort Arms Hotel
       High Street
       Usk
       Gwent
       NP15 2DY
 01495 785215

 The Cardiff Arms
       69 Bridge Street
       Usk
       Gwent
       NP15 1BQ
 01291 672895

 The Castle Inn
       Twyn Square
       Usk
       Gwent
       NP15 1BH
 01291 673037

 The Cripple Creek Inn
       Abergavenny Road
       Usk
       Gwent
       NP15 2AA
 01291 690256

 Crosskeys Inn
       Bridge Street
       Usk
       Gwent
       NP15 1BG
 01291 672535

 The Crown Inn
       Usk Road
       Usk
       Gwent
       NP15 2EB

 The Greyhound Inn
       1 Chepstow Road
       Usk
       Gwent
       NP15 1BL
 01291 672074

 The Inn Between
       53 Bridge Street
       Usk
       Gwent
       NP15 1BQ
 01291 672838

 The Kings Head Hotel
       18 Old Market St
       Usk
       Gwent
       NP15 1AL
 01291 672963

 The Nags Head Inn
       6 Twyn Square
       Usk
       Gwent
       NP15 1BH
 01291 672820

 New Court Hotel
       56 Maryport Street
       Usk
       Gwent
       NP15 1AD
 01291 673848

 Royal Hotel
       26 New Market Street
       Usk
       Gwent
       NP15 1AT
 01291 672931

 The Ship Inn
       High Street
       Usk
       Gwent
       NP15 2DY
 01291 650256

 The White Hart
       1 Bridge Street
       Usk
       Gwent
       NP15 1BQ
 


 Hotels in Usk:
 Kings Head Hotel
       18 Old Market Street
       Usk
       Gwent
       NP15 1AL
 01291 672963


 Restaurants in Usk:
 Alfonso's (Spanish)
       6 Bridge Street
       Usk
       Gwent
       NP15 1BG
 01291 672403

 The Bush House Of Usk
       15 Bridge Street
       Usk
       Gwent
       NP15 1BQ
 01291 672929

 The Castle Inn (Chinese)
       7 Twyn Square
       Usk
       Gwent
       NP15 1BH
 01291 673037

 Dil Indian Cuisine (Indian)
       6 Bridge Street
       Usk
       Gwent
       NP15 1BG
 01291 673372

 Rat Trap
       Llangeview
       Usk
       Gwent
       NP15 1EY
 01291 673288

 The Vineyard
       7 Bridge Street
       Usk
       Gwent
       NP15 1BQ
 01291 672459


 Cafes in Usk:
 Cafe En Fleur
       61 Bridge Street
       Usk
       Gwent
       NP15 1BQ
 01291 672669


 Take Aways in Usk:
 New Star
       41 Bridge Street
       Usk
       Gwent
       NP15 1BQ
 01291 673480

 Usk Traditional Fish & Chips
       11 Castle Parade
       Usk
       Gwent
       NP15 1AA
 01291 672224


 Taxis in Usk:
 A & M Cars
       3 Ladywood
       Ladyhill
       Usk
       Gwent
       NP15 1ST
 01291 673012

 JW Lewis
       Lower Prescoed Farm
       Llanbadoc
       Usk
       Gwent
       NP15 1PS
 01291 672734


 Other in Usk:
 Gwent Federation Of Young Farmers Clubs
       Coleg Gwent
       Usk
       Gwent
       NP15 1XJ
 01291 672602

 Newport Outdoor Group
       c/o 16 Blackbarn Lane
       Usk
       Gwent
       NP15 1BP
 01291 673779

 RAFA Club
       Mayfield
       Llanbadoc
       Usk
       Gwent
       NP15 1SY
 01291 674650

 ROF - Glascoed Sports & Social Club
       Usk
       Gwent
       NP15 1XL
 01291 672584

 The Royal British Legion
       Old Market Street
       Usk
       Gwent
       NP15 1AL
 01291 672510

 Usk Conservative Club
       16 Maryport Street
       Usk
       Gwent
       NP15 1AB
 01291 672634



 

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