A pretty Georgian town with a High Street full of unique independent shops, Crickhowell is an ideal base for many to sample all the Brecon Beacons has to offer. There is a wide selection of places to eat from pubs, cafes, restaurants and a bistro, A well-known feature of Crickhowell is the bridge spanning the River Usk, built in 1706.
Crickhowell Castle was built by the Normans. It is thought that it begun life as a motte and bailey castle with timber buildings in the 12th century, then in 1272 it was rebuilt in stone by Sir Grimbald Pauncefote. It is a prominent feature of the small market town of Crickhowell. Once a mighty stronghold, it had commanding views along the Usk Valley.
Events in Crickhowell 2017
Crickhowell Walking Festival-the ever popular Crickhowell walking festival is taking place in 2017 from the 25th February until the 5th of March 2017. With 9 days of guided walks and events in and around Crickhowell and the Black Mountains. Find our more here.
Green Man Festival –takes place every year in the shadow of the Black Mountains, on the edge of Crickhowell, in the Glanusk Estate. In 2017 it will be held on the 17-20th August and with it being the festivals 15th Anniversary it will be the best one yet! Info here
Crickhowell Literary Festival-A great celbration of the literary goodness produced in Wales-2017 Dates TBC
Where to shop and where to eat
Number 18–Number Eighteen Cafe is located on the high street in Crickhowell, situated in the beautiful surroundings of the Brecon Beacons National Park. They offer a range of hot and cold drinks, hot and cold food including our number eighteen favourites and some delicious home made treats. With the best coffee for miles, we’re open during the day, every day of the week.
The Bear Hotel and Restaurant –a hotel famous far and wide for its welcoming atmosphere, historic character, convivial surroundings and good food and great accommodation. A cobbled forecourt, archway into the inner courtyard and 19th-century stagecoach timetable in the bar are all reminders of the Bear’s former role.
Set in the heart of The Brecon Beacons National Park, one of Britains most beautiful wilderness areas you’ll find some of the finest walks in Britain with the Beacons themselves and The Black Mountains right on our doorstep. It feels like another world yet we’re just an hours drive from Bristol and less than an hour from Cardiff
The Dragon Inn– The historic Dragon Inn is an old hostelry located on Crickhowell High Street. It is family owned and great care is taken to make sure all our guests are made welcome and are able to experience all that Crickhowell and Wales has to offer. The hotel is a 4 Star visit Wales Inn, has 15 en-suite rooms and a Restaurant & Bar serving traditional & Welsh dishes all day long. The bar & restaurant area is a comfortable and relaxing place to wind down or just enjoy the atmosphere, and has earned a great reputation for serving local, good value, quality food of a high standard.
Black Mountains Smokery–is a family-run gourmet food business based in the Brecon Beacons, South Wales. Award-winning smoked foods are carefully sourced from British suppliers and traditionally cured and smoked at their smokehouse in Crickhowell. Local artisan food at its best.
Crickhowell Adventure– named one of Britain’s best outdoor stores
Latte Da-Latte-da Tea Room is a shabby chic vintage style café situated opposite the Crickhowell Resource & Information Centre and the main car park, serving breakfasts, lunches and traditional afternoon teas. Wherever possible, local produce from Crickhowell, and the surrounding area is utilised. Latte-da serves homemade cakes, scones and muffins to compliment their loose-leaf teas and their own special blend of coffee.
Pavlovas-Grab an ice cream at this gelato and coffee parlour! Try a delicious piece of cake to accompany continental style coffee, elegant tea, smooth hot chocolate or a luscious milkshake. Whatever your preference treat yourself and relax in the historic little barn serving only the best of treats sourced and made with local produce! (Dog Friendly!)
Webbs of Crickhowell– a family owned department store offering quality furniture at the best prices
More information about the town and surrounding area can be obtained from Crickhowell’s independent Tourist Information Centre (CRiC) or visit the website here