Top Tourist Attractions in the Brecon Beacons
Castell Carreg Cennen is a castle situated in the Western part of the national park. It impressively stands on the edge of a cliff and dates back to 1248. It has contributed to numerous historic events including the Owain Glyndwr Rebellion and it was a Lancastrian stronghold during the War of the Roses.
Cantref Farm started out as a working farm, which has now been developed into a popular family attraction. Firstly as a pony and horse riding centre. Cantref is an adventure farm, with a large outdoor centre that offers a variety of fun things to do.
The Big Pit was a working coal mine from 1860 to 1980. Bought by the workers of the mine it reopened for visitors in 1983. Since becoming a museum, it has been recognised as one of the best museums in the UK winning numerous awards including the Gulbenkian Prize.
The Welsh Crannog Centre is situated on Llangorse Lake. The building is a type of ancient lake dwelling found throughout celtic Britain; they were built out in the water as defensive homesteads from 5000 years ago. People continued to build and occupy them periodically until the 17th century ad. Take a walk around Llangorse lake to see this impressive structure.
Enjoy a day out to the secluded Llanthony Priory, situated in a picturesque valley. It was a place that was famous for Norman pilgrimages, the site dates back to 1100 and was partly destroyed by Henry VIII’s in 1538 under his Dissolution of the Monasteries act.
Brecon Beacons Mountain Centre opened in 1966 and was funded by the Carnegie Trust. It now serves as an outpost of the National Park’s visitor centre, educating people about the area. Facilities include an excellent café, planetarium and a shop.
Penderyn Distillery is situated in Brecon Beacons National Park and is considered the smallest distillery in the world. The visitor centre opened in 2008 and is now one of Wales’ leading tourist attractions.
Tretower Court is a medieval fortified manor house situated in the village of Tretower, near Crickhowell. Famous residents include poet Henry Vaughan and Sir William Herbert. Since being restored in1929 the Court is now open to the public and a guided audio tour is available, inclusive in the nominal entrance fee. Events and interpretive reenactments are often held at the Court in season.
Dan yr Ogof is a 17-kilometre (11 mi) long cave system in south Wales, five miles north of Ystradgynlais and fifteen miles south west of Brecon within the Brecon Beacons National Park. It is the main feature of a show cave complex (advertised as The National Showcaves Centre for Wales) which is claimed to be the largest in Europe and is one of the major tourist attractions in Wales. The first section of the cave system is open to the public, but the extensive cave system beyond is scheduled as a National Nature Reserve and is open only to bona-fide cavers.