Youth Hostels and Bunkhouses in the Brecon Beacons

Visiting the Brecon Beacons National Park doesn’t mean you’ll be forced to rinse your wallet, on the contrary a weekend break to the area can cost less than a typical Saturday night out.  There are plenty of opportunities for a very cost effective trip to the national park.  Roaming the mountainside is free, bike hire is great value and there are plenty of activity providers who offer excellent rates as well.

So here’s a round up of excellent value for money accommodation for groups, students and bargain hunters.  We’ve put together a round up of some of the best youth hostels and bunkhouses in the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Glynmeddig Barn

Aerial shot of Glynmeddig ©

Glynmeddig Barn offers accommodation to groups of up to 20 people, sleeping in 8 bedrooms. Glynmeddig is the perfect venue for your family holiday, reunions & celebrations or simply as a place to get away to for a short break or holiday in this unspoilt area of Wales.

Glynmeddig is ideally based for an activity break with a range of activity providers who can offer exhilarating and fun experiences for all abilities.

The property includes a games room, tennis court & three walks mapped from the bunkhouse door – with the Shoemakers Arms just 2 miles up the road offering great food and real ale there is no need to get in the car for the entire duration of your stay!

Danywenallt Youth Hostel

Danywenalt ©


Danywenallt Youth Hostel
, is in a lovely location by the reservoir at Talybont. It’s a small friendly hostel offering great food and drink. Ideal for ‘doing’ the Taff Trail, family fun at the waterfalls and canoeing into Brecon along the canal.

Llwyn y Celyn Youth Hostel

Llwyn y Celyn ©

Llwyn y Celyn is located in the valley at Libanus with great views across the Brecon Beacons. Ideal for visitors looking to climb Pen-y- Fan which you can do from the door step. There’s also great food and local beer available and it’s popular with walkers cyclists and explorers alike!

Brecon Youth Hostel

Brecon Youth Hostel ©

This is a hostel that is great for families with children wanting a mix of town and country,  Cantref Adventure Farm is only 3 miles away.  You can stroll along the Brecon Monmouth canal or take a boat trip, explorer the town of Brecon or get lost in Hay on Wye the town of books. The hostel is great for cyclist, with a large bike shed, many route start form near the hostel on quite country roads.  For more information click here.

Llanddeusant Youth Hostel

Llanddeusant ©


Llanddeusant is in a fantastic spot to get away from it all. Great for cycling and offers some amazing walks right from the door. Close to the Red Kite Feeding centre, popular for Geocaching and close to the Usk Reservoir. Space for camping too.

Clyngwyn 4 star Bunkhouse and B&B

Clyngwyn Bunkhouse ©

Situated in the Brecon Beacons, in the heart of waterfall country, on the doorstep of waterfalls and near to the caves of Ystradfellte. The terrain is ideal for a full range of outdoor pursuits. Clyngwyn Bunkhouse is perfect for groups of friends or family. It sleeps up to 19 with camping available to larger groups and 3 double/twin  B&B rooms in the farm house. There is a fully equipped kitchen, central heating, lounge with TV-DVD, dining room for 20, four acres of land for ball games and a large decked out polytunnel acting as a marquee, lockable storage and drying area. Relax in the evening and enjoy the mountain views by the fire pit and BBQ area. Dog friendly
Contact Julie Hurst 01639 722930 Clyngwyn farm, Ystradfellte rd, Powys SA11 5US

The Cynon Valley Cottage and Bunkhouse.

Cynon Valley Bunkhouse

‘The Cynon Valley Cottage and Bunkhouse (Tyle Morgrug) is situated on the southern edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park (Grid Reference SN925075) and is a typical Welsh cottage and barn which has been converted into hostel type accommodation for up to 29 people.
Sole occupancy for all groups , beautiful rural setting, good level of quality and comfort (3 star).
Local activity near by include Gorge walking from nearby Pontneddfechan and exploration of the silica mines.

Glifach Wen Barn Bunkhoouse

Glifach Wen Barn Bunkhouse ©

This 4 star bunkhouse has 7 family size bedrooms, a large lounge,  kitchen and dining room.  Adjacent to Brechfa Forest and Llanllwni Mountain,  the south western end of the Cambrian Mountain Range, just a short drive from the western end of the Brecon Beacons National Park or the 7 mile long beach and coast park at Pembrey.

Guests can walk, ride or cycle through the forest, and over the mountain.  3 MTB trails in Brechfa Forest.  New for 2012, published trails through the forest to local pubs.  For more information click here.

The Wern Watkin Bunkhouse

Wern Watkins Bunkhouse sitting space ©


The Wern Watkin Bunkhouse
is a converted stone built barn for 30 people. It also operates as YHA Llangattock Mountain. We are a Visit Wales 5 star graded bunkhouse and also accredited as walker and cyclist friendly. The bunkhouse sleeps up to thirty people in seven fully en-suite bedrooms. There is a massive dining room/seating area and a wonderful outdoor space opening out onto ancient woodlands.

Nearby is the Llangattock escarpment with excellent climbing and abseiling with caves underneath though you need to be with an expert to go down. Photo enclosed

Wern Watkin Bunkhouse and YHA Llangattock Mountain was also the winner of the Welsh Tourism Awards Sustainability award 2010.

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2 Responses to Youth Hostels and Bunkhouses in the Brecon Beacons

  1. Great choices! For something a bit more rustic, would recommend Wain House at Court Farm, Llanthony. http://www.llanthony.co.uk/wain_house.html
    A group of us stayed here on the first night of walking the magical Beacons Way, loving the fact that there was a handy cellar bar just around the corner. Just what was required after a fairly rigorous day’s walking.

  2. Ken Bye says:

    I went to school at Chippenham Grammar (later to become Chippenham School after the 11+ vanished). About 1969’ish the school bought Tyle Morgrug as an absolute wreck.
    Woodwork and metalwork classes were brought in to help with renovations and Art, Geography and Geology classes benefited from the site for subsequent field trips.
    I can remember trailing over Penderyn, returning through a disused railway tunnel which curved so was pitch black when you got to the middle. There were caves and waterfalls you could walk behind – magical moments.
    2 of us walked there from Chippenham (sleeping on the roadside on the way) via the Severn Bridge which I can verify is blooming freezing at midnight!
    Another time a party of us drove there in snowy mid-winter and explored the area. During the expedition the car keys were lost and I got my first experience of ‘hot-wiring’ a car (burnt my thumb) using some wire from a farmer’s fence.
    Those were the days!

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