Brecon Beacons Visitor Centre

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The Bannau Brycheiniog Visitor Centre is run by the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park Authority and provides information and interpretation for visitors to the area.There is a National Park information section with books, maps and souvenirs and an excellent exhibition offers an introduction to help visitors  explore this pristine protected landscape. There is a cafe on site, a children's play area and a craft and gift shop. 

The Mountain Centre, which is how everyone refers to it locally, is located 5 miles southwest of Brecon and some 15 miles north of Merthyr Tydfil.

Some 1100ft/335m above sea level, its location offers stunning views of Pen-y-Fan, the highest mountain in South Wales. An adjacent moorland ridge known as Mynydd Illtyd offers some fine easy to moderately graded walking.The Mynydd Illtyd Common offers spectacular views of the Central Beacons and the most popular walk is across the Common to the summit of Twyn Y Gaer, the site of an Iron Age hill fort site.

For mountain bike enthusiasts, there are two marked routes to choose from that start from the visitor centre; the easy family Visitor Centre Route or the more challenging Mynydd Illtyd route.

Children's Play Area
Children and families are catered for in a well tended large field suitable for informal games and an outdoor children’s play area with a fabulous view of Pen Y Fan. Just outside the grounds of the centre is an area of common land called Mynydd Illtud, with plenty of easy walks with fantastic views.

Caffi y Fan
The cafe on the lower level offers breakfast, lunch and snack menus, along with a great range of tempting cakes and desserts. The cafe is licensed, so you can also relax and unwind after a rewarding day in the hills with a local beer or wine. There is a full range of teas, coffees and soft drinks too, to quench that well-earned thirst.

Visitors are welcome to bring their own food and picnic outside on the large outdoor terrace with spectacular views of Pen y Fan and the wider Central Beacons. From the car park follow the curved, gently sloping path down to the seating area and the entrance.

Gift and Craft Shop.
The Craft & Guft Shop stocks those all-important maps and guides, along with a number of essential items that will help make your visit go smoothly. Find handmade gifts from twelve local crafters, all based in and around the National Park.  Each day one of the crafters will be onsite, so you can meet the people who make the products on sale.

Dark Skies / Stargazing
The Bannau Brycheiniog Visitor Centre is one of the National Park's top ten sites for stargazing. Enjoying skies with a limiting magnitude of 6.37, the centre is one of the best and most accessible areas to set up telescopes. Please note that the centre is located on a working common - please respect local residents and park within the Visitor Centre car park and only use the centre grounds at night to minimise disturbance to others.

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  • Disabled toilets


  • On-site catering
  • Picnic site


  • Children welcome


  • Parking with charge - 1-2 hours £1.00 | 2-4 hours £2.00 | Over 4 hours £3.00 Disabled parking is free, and is available right outside the Centre entrance.

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Gift shop

Target Markets

  • Dark Skies / Stargazing

Map & Directions

Road Directions

The Visitor Centre is just 5 minutes off the A470 at the village of Libanus.  When you enter the village look out for the Brown directional signage for the National Park Visitor Centre.

Bannau Brycheiniog (Brecon Beacons) Visitor Centre

Type:Visitor Centre

National Park Visitor Centre, Libanus, Brecon, Powys, LD3 8ER

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Tel01874 623366

Opening Times

* Information Centre Open: Spring (Easter - June) 9.30am - 4.30pm, Summer (July - Oct) 9.30am - 5.00pm, Winter (Nov-Mar) 10.00am-4.00pm.
Tea Rooms Open: Spring (March - June) 9.30am - 5.00pm, Summer (July - Aug) 9.30am - 5.30pm, Autumn (Sept - Oct) 9.30am - 5.00pm, Winter (Nov - Feb) 9.30am - 4.30pm (closed Christmas Day).


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