Vale of Usk tourist information & travel guide
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Vale of Usk tourist guide
The Usk valley centres on the two towns of Abergavenny and Newport. Abergavenny is a useful base for walking in the Black Mountains and the Brecon Becons and as such offers the visitor a wide range of accommodation from guesthouses to sumptuous bed and breakfast establishments, whilst the surrounding countryside is popular with those looking for self-catering cottages. This northern part of the valley is reknowned for its fine local produce, and several excellent restaurants have taken this to a high degree. Locally produced venison, lamb, beef, cheese, honey, and wine are all to be found in local markets, which makes the self-catering option a lot more attractive. The cottages in the Brecon Beacons, holiday houses near Abergavenny or accommodation for a holiday near the Black Mountains are options for a self-catering holiday in the Usk Valley.
Eponymously named after the river on which it sits, Usk is the place to visit for superb summer flower displays, fine antique, curio and craft shops and for the angler, possibly some of the finest salmon fishing in Wales. There is also a fine selection of cafes, restaurants and pubs catering to all tastes and cuisines. It is also noted for the popular Japan Ware which was made in the town in the 19th Century.
The town was the location for the largest Roman fort ever built in the UK, the ruins of which have been discovered beneath the town. The latterly built Usk Castle dates back to 11th Century Norman times, and is perhaps most famous for having been given by Henry VIII to his sixth wife Catherine Parr.