Brecon - Mid Wales
Brecon - Mid Wales

BRECON

Brecon is a bustling market town right at the top edge of the glorious Brecon Beacons National Park. 

Outdoor enthusiasts types rub along with writers and artists and the mood is gently alternative and modestly intellectual.

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About Brecon

Brecon, or Aberhonddu as it is known in Welsh, is an historic market town in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

This is a town where you'll enjoy losing yourself...not only in the narrow streets and passageways lined with Georgian and Jacobean shopfronts, but in the sense of timelessness about the place.

Brecon is the perfect base for exploring the Brecon Beacons National Park, watersports and fishing in the local rivers, canal and lakes, plus cycling and mountain biking.

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map of things to do & places to stay around Brecon

Llangorse Lake & Common

Llangorse Lake in the heart of the Brecon Beacons national park, is the largest natural lake in south Wales. It boasts an ancient Crannog and is a perfect location to mess about in boats, take a gentle stroll or watch wildlife.

Y Gaer | Museum, Art Gallery & Library

Y Gaer is an exciting and inspirational development in the centre of Brecon, bringing together the refurbished Brecknock Museum & Art Gallery with a brand new Brecon Library to create meeting and event spaces.

Brecon Town Tours

Guided walking tours around Brecon town centre. 90 minute and 2 hour tours available. Brecon's history revealed by our friendly knowledgeable local guides.

Brecon Market Hall

Brecon Market Hall is located in the centre of the town of Brecon in Powys Mid Wales. The Market Hall is the venue for many community events including Antique Fairs, Crafts and the popular Brecon Farmers Market

Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal

The Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal winds through 35 miles of peaceful countryside all the way from Brecon south to Cwmbran. Its pretty scenery and lightly-locked route make it understandably popular with holidaymakers.

Theatr Brycheiniog

Theatr Brycheiniog is Brecon's canal-side centre for the arts and entertainment. It opened in 1997 and provides a theatre auditorium, art gallery, conference venue, restaurant with local Welsh cuisine and a bar.

Daudraeth Illtud Nature Reserve

Open at all times, by paths off the unfenced road across the common. But keep off the very boggy area of Traeth Bach.

Pwll y Wrach Nature Reserve

This is a splendidly atmospheric wood, with all the wildlife that one associates with the best of this habitat. The surfaced all-ability path descends only very gently through the trees clinging to the valley side.

Aberhonddu | Brecon

Brecon is a town where you'll enjoy losing yourself...not only in the narrow streets and passageways lined with Georgian and Jacobean shopfronts, but in the sense of timelessness about the place.

The Royal Welsh Regimental Museum

The Museum's collection is comprised of objects obtained from across the world that reflect the history and character of a Regiment that has existed for over 300 years.

The hills around Brecon boast some of the finest walking and mountaineering terrain in Britain, including Pen-y-Fan, the highest point in southern Britain at 886m.

Brecon Canal Basin is at the northern extent of the navigable section of the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal, right in the heart of Brecon. The canal towpath offers walkers a gentle walking experience through some very pretty countryside and to enjoy the waterside wildlife. Brecon is the starting point of the Taff Trail, a 55 mile walking and cycling route that follows the Taff river right down to Cardiff.

Ancient Britons, Romans and Normans have each left their mark on Brecon. The town's name comes from that of the old Welsh name of the kingdom - Brycheiniog' in whose territory Brecon stands. The kingdom took its name from Prince Brychan who founded it, and who remains a colourful character in local folklore and legend. The name later became anglicised to Brecknockshire or Breconshire.

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