Usk Rural Life Museum

This fascinating museum is easily spotted half way down one of Usk’s most picturesque street, New Market Street. The Museum portrays life in the Welsh borders as it was at any time between about 1850 and the end of World War II. The contents are housed in an ancient malt barn and adjoining buildings. They have been collected by a group of local enthusiasts determined that the equipment and machinery on which people depended in their day to day lives should be preserved for posterity.

Here you can see a typical farmhouse kitchen, or dairy; you can look in on the blacksmith, the wheelwright, the cobbler; see all the farmer’s equipment, from tractors to cheese presses. You can learn about coopering and cider making. For gadget freaks there are scores of items ranging from a wooden washing machine to a Victorian knife cleaner. Plenty for transport enthusiasts, too – including a splendid penny farthing bicycle and magnificent farm wagons.

First week in March - October 31st
Tuesday – Saturday 10.30 – 17.00.



Usk Rural Life museum photo by jenny potter photography

Photo Credit to Jenny Potter
Tourist Information

In addition to local information, maps and guides, the museum has a collection of local books and crafts available for purchase.


Green Flute Cafe

A recent addition to the Museum is the Green Flute Cafe, which offers a variety of hot and cold beverages and snacks throughout the day and an excellent selection of home-made cakes.


Room Hire at The Museum

The light, airy community room is ideal for meetings of up to thirty people. Available for hire daytime and evening all year round, it is fully equipped with audio visual facilities and wi-fi. Refreshments can be provided on request; visits to the museum can be arranged to complement your meeting if required. Please call for more information on room hire.


carpenters tools

For More Information on the Rural Life Museum:

Visit their Website  |  Tel: 01291 673777

 Usk Rural Life Museum, The Malt Barn, New Market Street, Usk, Monmouthshire, NP15 1AU

inside of usk rural life museum