West Usk Lighthouse

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West Usk Lighthouse
West Usk Lighthouse.jpg
West Usk Lighthouse, 2013
West Usk Lighthouse is located in Wales
West Usk Lighthouse
Location Uskmouth
United Kingdom
Coordinates 51°32′26″N 2°59′40″W / 51.540617°N 2.994558°W / 51.540617; -2.994558Coordinates: 51°32′26″N 2°59′40″W / 51.540617°N 2.994558°W / 51.540617; -2.994558
Year first constructed 1821
Deactivated 1922
Construction brick tower
Tower shape cylindrical tower with balcony and lantern rising from a 2-storey keeper’s house
Markings / pattern white tower and lantern
Height 17 metres (56 ft)
ARLHS number WAL-032
Managing agent West Usk Lighthouse[1]

West Usk Lighthouse is a Grade II-listed building on the Severn Estuary at the mouth of the River Usk south of the city of Newport, South Wales.


The lighthouse was the first to be built by renowned Scottish civil engineer James Walker in 1821.[2] Amongst other projects, Walker went on to build another 21 lighthouses. The land around the lighthouse has been reclaimed as farmland but it stood on an island until 1856. It was decommissioned as an operational lighthouse in 1922.

The lighthouse is currently operating as a hotel and in July 2008 featured in an episode of the Channel 5 television series The Hotel Inspector.[3]

For hotel guests, a private road off the B4239 leads to the lighthouse. Alternatively, it may be reached by a 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) walk along the sea wall footpath from the car park of the Lighthouse Inn on Beach Road.

The less substantial East Usk Lighthouse, on the opposite bank of the River Usk, is within the Newport Wetlands wildlife reserve.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ East Usk The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 3 June 2016
  2. ^ Jones, Stephen K. (2009). Brunel in South Wales. II: Communications and Coal. Stroud: The History Press. p. 78. ISBN 9780752449128. 
  3. ^ The Hotel Inspector

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