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It was the Romans who first established a community at Brecon, building a cavalry barracks there for the conquest of Wales. After the Norman invasion a castle was built by Humphrey de Bohun and town walls were erected in order to protect the local ford. These fortifications were expanded during the Glyndwr uprising, only to be destroyed during the Civil War. De Bohun was also responsible for building a priory, that after the dissolution of the monasteries, was turned into a parish church and designated as a Cathedral in the 1920s.
As well as being a trading centre, Brecon also has a long tradition as a military town, many of those who fought at Rourke’s Drift came from Brecon and today it houses several regiments including the Mandalay Gurkha Company.
As you might expect Brecon is a fantastic place from which to enjoy all the Brecon Beacons has to offer. Not only a great place for walking, hiking and camping, a range of facilities also offer paragliding, horse riding and climbing. But for those seeking a less taxing time, the local museums, craft shops and the internationally renowned Brecon Jazz Festival come highly recommended.
The Brecon Beacons National Park has recently become the 5th Destination in the World to be awarded International Dark-Sky Reserve Status. The area enjoys truly dark skies situated away from areas of light pollution.
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- Brecon beacons national park The Brecon Beacons are the perfect antidote to the urban grind
- forest fawr geopark This swathe of upland country lies at the heart of the only Geopark in Wales
- brecon cathedral A Norman priory that, after the dissolution of the monasteries, was turned into a Cathedral
- brecon beacons visitor centre The grounds of the centre are an ideal place to learn or just enjoy the view
- The beacons way The Beacons Way is the Brecon Beacons National Park official trail
- walking in the beacons The Brecon Beacons have so many wonderful trails to choose from