The picturesque town of Usk is located in the heart of the beautiful Monmouthshire countryside. It is steeped in history with many charming old buildings, a historic Norman castle, a rural life museum, a Victorian court room at the Usk Sessions House.
Well known for its floral displays and holds the title ‘Town of Flowers’, Usk is a regular winner of Wales in Bloom and hosts the annual Open Gardens weekend in June with over 20 local gardens open to the public.
The annual Usk Agricultural show is also held every September on the outskirts of the town. Usk’s appeal also lies in the range of its small independent shops from tearooms, hotels, pubs to wedding shops and there is plenty of accommodation in or near the town for those to stay longer in this charming place. The town is very popular with walkers and cyclists and in 2017 a brand new children’s play area was opened.
Usk Open Gardens Weekend 29th & 30th June A great day out for garden lovers! Over 20 of the lovely private gardens in Usk are open to visitors on this midsummer weekend.
There’s something for everyone – gardens large and small, formal and informal, ranging from lovingly tended cottage gardens to the grand sweep of Usk Castle’s glorious borders.
There’s a great choice of cafes and pubs in Usk to stop for lunch, and voluntary groups in the town offer delicious homemade refreshments too. Or some visitors take a picnic down to the river. Visitors can park in the free town car parks, then buy a ‘Garden Passport’ – the ticket has a map showing where the gardens are.
All are within walking distance, but there is a regular free minibus to take less agile visitors to gardens on the edge of the town.
For more information see www.uskopengardens.com