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Castle:Usk Castle


Monmouth Road,
NP15 1SD



Usk Castle nestles on a promontory overlooking the lovely town of Usk, hidden from sight most of the time, but just waiting for you to explore the ruins.

The Castle is open to Usk Castle Friends (on set days), those staying at our glamping site, and on special occasions.

Enchanting, romantic ruins overlook the small town of Usk, and the wide river valley beyond. “It is like the secret castle that no one’s ever found” exclaimed a young boy, seeing the natural and peaceful setting, the ancient walls covered with creeper, and old stone towers inviting the visitor to explore. This is a medieval castle that fell into disuse 500 years ago, waiting to be discovered.

The lane to the castle is opposite the Fire Station on Castle Parade, off the road leading east out of Usk to Monmouth and Raglan, and goes up hill to a small car park. Walk up towards the stone archway, where you will see a kiosk on your right, with castle guides and local information.

Disabled access
Anyone with walking difficulties may take their car up the middle track-way to the top of the hill and park by the grey Tardus. There is a level way, ‘ The Bridal Path’ , to walk into the castle through the red metal gate, which is also suitable for accompanied wheelchairs.

Dog Friendly

We accept friendly dogs on leads, but please dispose of all dog poo (and the bags) as you will be fined otherwise.

Dogs accepted

Opening details

Usk Castle Visiting arrangements from 2020

The castle will only be open to Usk Castle Friends (with wedding and event clients by appointment) on set days. Usk Castle Friends is a group founded 1999. Usk castle will still, of course, be open without charge for special events such as the Teddy Bears’ Picnic, Usk Open Gardens Weekend and special events. It will be closed when the castle is booked for weddings.

Campers staying at the glamping site, Usk Castle Knights, have free access to the castle included.

Joining UCF is available on-line, just down-load/request a form, and pay as appropriate.

or contact Hon. secretary David Collard, telephone 01291 673655, Email

The cost per annum is £10 individual and £18 family.
For further information about access, see the Visitors Page on the Usk Castle website

As well as free visits to the Castle for members and their guests, membership offers reduced ticket prices for events such as our special history days. The main themes for next year will be the castle under Elizabeth de Burgh in the early fourteenth century and the roles of Margaret Beaufort and Jasper Tudor in establishing the Tudor Dynasty.

Temporary visiting arrangement.
Usk Castle Friends wishing to visit should book to avoid over-crowding. Please notify the Castle by email, text or phone.
Castle telephone 01291 672563 / 07913 622 783

Visiting days:
Monday, Thursday, Saturday in GMT/winter hours, Sunday in BST/summer time


Except for special occasions, you must be a member of the Usk Castle Friends to visit.




Monmouth Road,
NP15 1SD


Plan route to Usk Castle using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SO 377010  Lat: 51.70505 Long: -2.90220

M4 Junction 24 & A449 signed for Monmouth; continue north until exit for A472 to Usk. The driveway to the Castle will be on the right, just before the fire station.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 7 miles from Pontypool station


  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted