West Usk Lighthouse

St  Brides, Wentloog,  Newport, S.Wales  NP108SF                                                  


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Picture with the amazing sky was taken by Peter Ferner, one of our guests, in 2005.



 Places Of Interest

Quite close to the lighthouse are palatial Tredegar House (lake and craft shops in its grounds) and romantic little Castell Coch ('the red castle').

Also well worth visiting are the Roman city of Caerleon, and the castles of Caldicot, Chepstow, Raglan, Cardiff, & Caerphilly. Check their websites for events.

Other places include  Tintern Abbey,  Comeston Lakes and Medieval Village,Parc Bryn Bach, Rhondda Heritage Park, Techniquest, Big Pit, Llanciar Fawr Manor, Cwmcarn Forest Drive, Dyffryn Gardens and Arboretum, National Museum Cardiff, St. Fagans National History Museum, and lots more.

Both the Usk Valley,  the Brecon Beacons and the Mumbles are scenic and within easy drive. Experience the island of Flat Holm, 50 minutes crossing from Cardiff Bay.  Tel: 029 2035 3917

Website: www.cardiff.gov.uk/flatholm

Guests can also take part in Gliding, Dry Ski Slopes, Helicopter Rides ( 02920 465880), Horse Riding, Skateboarding, Scuba Diving  (02920 20882778), Go-Karting (01633 280808). We have a Velodrome in Newport for any cycling enthusiast. The Transporter  Bridge which cost £3m to restore is currently out of use awaiting further repairs.

When the Local council was building our new arts centre, they came across an old medieval ship.  See www.thenewportship.com  for their open days. Worth a visit.

We also have Dewstow Gardens & Grottoes, which were created in 1895 but were buried and forgotten for over 50 years!  They were rediscovered in 2000. Entrance fee £6. . www.dewstow.com/gardens.htm 

Other Attractions  for families include: - Cardiff Bay which also has a  Techniquest , The Welsh Folk Museum  off Junction 33,  M4. The Big Pit near Pontypool,  Green Meadow Farm near Cwmbran,  both off Junction 26.

Activities

Horse Riding in St. Brides on 01633 680610,  Newport on 01633 252004 or Chepstow on 01633 40003,  Brecon Beacons on 01874  658272.  Court Farm on 01873 890359 April-October, Grange Trekking centre in Abergavenny on 01873 890215.

Paraventure Paragliding in Abergavenny on 01873 856009.  Sky Diving on 01443 670031.

Paint-ball on 01633 2800004 or in Cowbridge on 02920 593900.

Canoeing 01600 713481.  Basic training at £30 for 2 hours.  Hiring a Canadian canoe costs £30 a day. Booking is essential.  Open all week.  

Cardiff Welsh Banquets on 02920 878100 in Cardiff Castle.  Cost around £35 per person.  Caldicot Castle  also has medieval banquets.

Visit: www.southwalesattractions.co.uk for a list of places to visit.


Foodie Trail

For those with an interest in food, there are some great restaurants and food festivals.

Exciting Restaurants:-  The Crown at Whitebrook & The Crown at the Celtic Manor, Newport.  The Chandlery, Newport, The Hardwick & The Walnut tree in Abergavenny, The Foxhunter in Nantyderry & The Clytha Arms in Raglan, The Gallois in Cardiff.  See The Michelin Guide and the Bib Gourmand Guide for more choices.

Food Festivals:- Cardiff Food Festival  in July,  Abergavenny Food Festival  in Sept. 


Bird watching or Fishing

For those interested in a spot of bird watching or like to fish,  we have a holiday mobile home perched on the sea wall, a couple of yards from the sea!

We have loads of visiting birds along the estuary to make your stay interesting. Visit the bird sanctuary site in Newport Gwent for more information. Wetlands Reserve has a new visitor centre.

There's  fishing at Peterstone Lakes in the village and at Cefn Mably on 01633 681101.  Recently someone caught a 14lb and 12oz rainbow trout there. They both have fishing competitions regularly and there are also fishing events on the foreshore near the lighthouse.


Golf Courses

Newport Gwent was host to the 2010 Ryder Cup.  We are only 20 minutes' drive to the Celtic Manor. There are many golf courses nearby.  Peterstone Golf course is on the same road as the Lighthouse, a couple of miles away. We have also negotiated discounts with the local golf courses. Partners who are not into golf can be pampered with the many therapies on offer.


Check out www.uk-golfguide.com


 Biking Trails

There is a great trail at the Cwncarn forest drive,  a few miles from the Lighthouse. Wonderful views and old Celtic  burial chamber at the top.

Tank  School

Great day.  From £80 a day to learn to drive a Russian tank. ww.tankschool.co.uk. Nr Kemeys, Usk . Tel: 01873 880301


Great Walks

14 locks at J.25 of the M4.  Follow signs for Rogerstone, and the 14 locks is signposted. New visitor centre. Long walks along the locks. About 15 mins from us.

The Wetlands Reserve also has different walks to suit everyone. About 15 mins away

Cwncarn Forest drive near Crosskeys,  from J28. About 20 mins away. There is a 30 minute walk and a 3 hour walk .

Owl Sanctuary in Ebbw Vale.  There's also a Festival park with a large shopping outlet. www.theowlsanctuary.co.uk.  Tel: 07805 677 473 and for the Festival Park, Tel: 01495 350 010. About 40 mins. away


Hen Nights

Get pampered with lots of therapies.  We can sleep up to 16 in the lighthouse,  yurt and the mobile home on the sea wall. You can be picked up by the local pub as a group and the food is good there.

You can order a chocs away to satisfy those chocolate cravings at www.chocsawayparty.co.uk.  You can  organise a barbecue on the roof garden,  watch the ships go by, soak in the hot tub with your favourite tipples,  and if you are lucky,  you can even catch a few falling stars.

There are lots to do,  including a  local outdoor activity centre nearby. You can scale the height of Mount Snowden, (1085m) in Cardiff at the Boulders  Climbing Centre  or you can just chill out here.  See www.southwalesattractions.co.uk


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These two pictures of the Lighthouse were taken by Russ. Sept. 2005. Mysterious and interesting! Looks like a DNA double helix.

 

                           Submitted by Dave Harris, one of our guests.

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