Brecon - Mid Wales
Brecon - Mid Wales

BRECON

With two National Trails and a National Park, this is fabulous walking and thinking country. In its charming, lively market towns, outdoorsy types rub along with writers and artists and the mood is gently alternative and modestly intellectual.

A year-round programme of cultural events including the Hay Festival, Green Man, HowTheLightGetsIn and Brecon Jazz draws visitors from all over the world. 

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About Brecon

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.

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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.

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.

Regimental Museum of The Royal Welsh

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.

Brecon Cathedral

Brecon Cathedral is set within the only walled cathedral close in Wales and is regarded as one of the country’s finest buildings. Inside the Cathedral is a rare and beautiful Celtic font.

Booklovers' Literary Tours

Discover the landscapes across Wales that inspired some of our most treasured works of literature. Walk in your favourite character's footsteps. Rediscover old favourites and make new ones on a magical literary tour.

Fforest Fawr UNESCO Global Geopark

The Fforest Fawr UNESCO Global Geopark is located in South Wales, UK, and covers the western half of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Designated a UNESCO Global Geopark in 2015, it was the first in Wales and is one of around 150 worldwide.

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