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Usk Castle, Usk

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Usk Castle stands on a hill overlooking the town of Usk, on a site already used for many centuries to guard the river crossing, the castle was first mentioned in 1138, and the Norman gatehouse was built around the 12th century by the de Clare family.

The castle was strengthened by William Marshall, who had proved himself in tournaments sufficiently to marry Isabella, a de Clare heiress.

He was famous for his skill in castle building – Pembroke, Chepstow to name just a few - so the design for the Garrison Tower at Usk, where the wall-walk passes the tower to give it greater protection, was likely to be his work. The Battle of Usk in 1405 marked the beginning of the end for the Welsh rebellion, when the English forces surprised the besieging Welsh, pursued them across the river and defeated them.

The castle then remained in ruins for several centuries, the gate house being used for many purposes including a school at one time.

Usk Castle came into private stewardship in 1905 and has since been a family home, yet lovingly conserved and open for all to enjoy.
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  • This is well worth a visit and there are lots of little seating areas with nice views. You need to be fully fit though as it has steep and uneven access, with warnings to say that visitors go at their...  more »
  • Great castle with glorious views (in lovely market town of usk) , also glamorous glamping and a great venue for a special wedding or event. The family who own the castle are gracious to guests....We r...  more »
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  • Had a great walk around the grounds. It was a day after they had a wedding so it was pretty quiet. Great to have a nose about and also take in the beautiful scenery. Some good walks nearby too.
  • Went here as part of Usk open gardens. Fabulous town and great day out. This was our second visit to this event and left us determined to return again to the next one. The castle gardens are spectacular as are some of the smaller residences in the town. They deserve the Wales in bloom award that they have received for the last 30yrs!!!! Well done Usk gardeners
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