The Greyhound Inn and Hotel is situated in the Usk Valley, Monmouthshire, some of the loveliest countryside you'll find in Britain. While the location is rural, we're only short drive from the M4 so are very accessible to the motorway network. The small, historic and charming town of Usk is just over two miles away, and the cities of Bristol, Cardiff and Newport are all within easy reach by car.
The Romans walked these lands nearly 2,000 years ago. Their legacy is still visible, and later history has also left its footprint here in the form of famous castles, ancient churches and other great monuments to the past. Here's just a small selection of places to visit from the Greyhound.
Roman Towns of Caerleon and Caerwent.
The Second Augustan Legion had its fortress at Isca, now Caerleon, where you can see the amphitheatre, baths and other remains. The National Roman Legion Museum has many fascinating exhibits. Another Roman town, Caerwent, formerly Venta Silurum, is also nearby.
The awe-inspiring ruins of this Cistercian abbey at Tintern dominate the Wye Valley landscape. Tintern Abbey is the best-preserved medieval abbey in Wales.
This well-preserved medieval fortress contains a wealth of history to its illustrious past before destruction in the Civil War.
This 13th century castle is the second largest in Britain.
The oldest surviving post-Roman stone fortification in Britain, Chepstow Castle is dramatically set on the banks of the River Wye.
With fantastic views of the surrounding countryside, White Castle is the best-preserved of the so-called Three Castles (the others being Grosmont and Skenfrith).
This partly-ruined former Augustinian priory dates from 1100 and is set in the Black Mountains within the Brecon Beacons National Park.
A real coal mine and one of Britain's leading mining museums. Take a tour 300 ft below the surface.
St Fagans:National History Museum
One of Europe's leading open air museums and Wales's most popular heritage attraction.
Situated in 90 acres of beautiful gardens and parkland, Tredegar House is one of the architectural wonders of Wales. It is among the most significant late 17th century houses in the British Isles.
This historic, charming town is famous for its award-winning summer floral displays. Attractions include a ruined Norman castle, 17th century buildings, a rural life museum, a bi-monthly farmers' market, and fashion, gift and antique shops.
This bustling market town on the edge of the Brecon Beacons is home to the internationally-renowned annual Abergavenny Food Festival.
An attractive town with a good range of shops, Monmouth is famous for its unique 13th century river bridge and other historical sites. It was the birthplace of Henry V and Charles Rolls, of Rolls Royce fame.
Wales's capital city has a wealth of cultural and sporting attractions, including the Wales Millennium Centre arts complex, the Millennium Stadium, the waterfront area at Cardiff Bay and the National Museum of Wales. It's also one of Britain's best shopping destinations, with major indoor centres as well as traditional Victorian arcades.
Once Wales's largest coal-exporting port, Newport remains an important industrial centre. Attractions include the 1906 Transporter Bridge.
The area is famous for its choice of golf venues, from championship courses like the Celtic Manor Resort, hosts to the 2010 Ryder Cup, to smaller, less demanding ones. Others within an easy drive of the Greyhound include Woodlake Park, both near Usk, Marriott St Pierre at Chepstow, Raglan Parc and Dewstow.
There are many walks and trails through which to explore the beautiful countryside. Some are for 'serious' walkers, others for those who just prefer a quiet amble. Long distance walks include the Offa's Dyke Path National Trail and the Wye Valley Walk. Less than a mile from the Greyhound, you can access the Usk Valley Walk, a 48-mile stretch from Caerleon to Brecon through the river vale.
The Greyhound is a popular destination for those visiting the area for first-class rugby. Cardiff's Millennium Stadium hosts internationals, including the Six Nations Championship.
One of Britain's test cricket venues, the SWALEC Stadium, is located in Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, home of Glamorgan Cricket Club.
The Usk and Wye rivers offers some of the best fishing in the UK for salmon, trout, grayling and coarse fish.
Chepstow Racecourse hosts 30 National Hunt and flat racing fixtures throughout the year. It is also home to the prestigious Welsh National.
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