Our Guide to Brecon

Known as one of the most historic locations in Wales, Brecon is home to a Cathedral, Theatre, museums, art galleries, and a historic Market hall holding monthly farmers, antiques and craft markets. Take a leisurely trip down the canal with the many canal boat hire companies found at The Canal Basin, located by Theatr Brycheiniog, or why not walk up Pen Y Fan- with the highest peak in South Wales.

Where to eat
Brecon Castle Hotel-The Brecon Beacons dominate the town and provide a picturesque backdrop to our ballroom and our gardens. Our Head Chef, Derrick John Parsons , produces a menu which represents the best of seasonal International cooking. Modern and traditional dishes sit comfortably alongside each other, all freshly prepared, using the best of locally sourced meat, fish and Welsh cheeses. At Brecon Castle we believe in procuring the finest quality ingredients in order to ensure that we can serve food which is a real experience.

Pilgrims Tearooms-Pilgrims tea rooms and restaurant is situated in the Brecon Cathedral close. The restaurant building retains the charm and style of the adjacent 15th century tithe barn. On sunny days visitors are able to enjoy sitting outside under the cloisters or in the herb garden. Ingredients are locally sourced and meals are freshly prepared.

Where to Stay
Brecon Beacons Holiday Cottages-350 + cottages and farmhouses, sleeping 2 to 40 in the Brecon Beacons, Black Mountains, Wye Valley and South Wales Valleys.

The Coach House Brecon: The only five star gold B&B in Brecon town.

Ty Helyg Guest House– Grade II listed building, parts of which date back to 1780, Tŷ Helyg is a Visit Wales Four Star guest house (B&B) a stone’s throw from the Theatre/Canal basin and Brecon town centre

Brecon Cottage-set in Brecon town centre is set in an ideal location, close walking distance to shops, pubs, restaurants and the Brycheiniog Theatre. Brecon cottage is ideal for small families or couples looking to enjoy the countryside or just relax. Brecon offers outstanding natural beauty.

Delfryn Bed and Breakfast-Delfryn is a large, comfortable, 4 star graded Edwardian house just five minutes walk from the centre of Brecon. Rodney and Jackie Ashwood (with their cocker spaniel dog called James) offer guests exclusive use of a private suite of rooms.

The Bridge B and B-We are a friendly Brecon town B&B catering for hikers and cyclists.  Convenient location in Brecon means you can reach us by public transport, or by cycling the Taff Trail from Cardiff.  Walk from the door to Pen y Fan and the high Beacons, cycle the “Gap” by mountainbike, or take a gentle route along the canal to Talybont reservoir.

The Lodge Brecon-Steve and Bronwyn look forward to welcoming you to The Lodge, Brecon. A beautiful, serene rural bed and breakfast located in the heart of the Brecon Beacons. A short drive or a comfortable walk along the canal to the town of Brecon; a popular area for walking, outdoor activities, exploring historic sites, and culture – such as Brecon’s famous annual jazz festival.

The Town House at Brecon-Whether you’re seeking an adventurous break hill walking the beacons and surrounding areas, canyoning, white water canoeing, pony trekking or simply after a quiet weekend regenerating at a luxury destination B&B The Town House at Brecon is ideally situated.

Priory Mill Farm Camping-If you are looking for a small-scale, low-impact, secluded place to camp, our riverside meadow may provide it. It’s only a ten-minute walk from the Georgian market town of Brecon, yet the only buildings visible are our farmhouse and watermill.

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Top Adventures to be had in Brecon

Visit Bear grylls survival academy for a tough but rewarding outdoor adventure.
Bear Grylls – the world’s most recognizable face of survival and outdoor adventure, and 2016’s Year of Adventure ambassador, has designed the ultimate self-rescue skills course, delivered by his handpicked team of highly trained experts. Learn to forage, identify animal runs and lay traps, skin and gut, navigate by day and night, build emergency shelters, stalk, protect yourself in the wild from attack, wilderness first aid, tie knots and make rope harnesses in order to safely cross difficult terrain such as rivers, lakes and steep ground by any means.

This is not a military boot camp and it’s much, much more than a bush craft course. This is an exclusive course where places are limited to only 12 participants who must be physically fit and active. From hour one you will be lead into the wilderness with no tent, water or food. During the course you will receive limited food, and water will need to be sourced locally from streams and pools. You will then have to forage for anything else that may supplement your diet.Have you got what it takes to survive for 24 hours until rescue?

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Hire a boat with Beacon Park Day Boats
Explore the wonders of the beautiful Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal in a luxury electric day boat or canoe, all with rainproof covers just in case!

Cradoc Golf Club
Cradoc Golf Club is recognised as one of the finest parkland courses in Wales and is situated in the rural tranquility of Penoyre Park – just two miles away from the centre of Brecon. The Club offers a challenging yet enjoyable 18 hole golf course, enjoyed by a thriving membership of 400+ members and revered by thousands of visitors, many who return year after year citing ‘Cradoc’ as one of their favourite venues. The Club also has a 10 bay floodlit driving range which is open to non-members, alongside which is a short game area where any member of the public can access it FREE of charge 7 days per week.

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Fishing on the River Usk
An important salmon river and also famous for its wild brown trout, the Usk winds it way along the beautiful Usk Valley from Brecon to Abergavenny, before ending its journey in the Bristol Channel.Man fishing in the river usk in the Brecon Beacons national park

The Wye and Usk Foundation (www.wyeuskfoundation.org) is a registered charity concerned with restoring the habitat, water quality and fisheries of the rivers Wye and Usk. It p
ublishes The Wye and Usk Passport, with information about how to fish the Wye and Usk, educational material and almost all you would ever need to know about the foundation or the two rivers.   Find our more on places to go fishing here

Brecon Mountain Railway

The line runs from Pant, 3 miles North of Merthyr Tydfil, to Torpantau following part of the route of the original Brecon & Merthyr Railway which closed in 1964. Travel from our Main Station at Pant in one of our all-weather Observation Carriages, behind a vintage Steam Locomotive. The journey takes you into the Brecon Beacons National Park, through Pontsticill and  along the full length of the Taf Fechan Reservior before climbing to Torpantau high in the Brecon Beacons and the summit of the original line.

At our main station in Pant you can visit our Licensed Tearooms  for refreshments, gifts and souvenirs are available from our Shop. You can also visit our Workshop where the Steam Locomotives and Carriages are repaired.

Theatr Brycheiniog

Situated at the end of the picturesque Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal in the pretty market town of Brecon on the edge of Brecon Beacons National Park, Theatr Brycheiniog offers a popular and acclaimed programme of performing arts and entertainment throughout the year.Other facilities on the theatre site include a a year-round programme of visual arts by artists from the region in the Andrew Lamont Gallery and a nationally acclaimed bistro Tipple’n’Tiffin.

Theatr Brycheiniog is funded by the Arts Council of Wales, Powys County Council and Brecon Town Council. Theatr Brycheiniog has recently become the first solar-powered theatre in Wales, generating a small proportion of its energy requirements through the recently installed photo-voltaic cells on its roof. The theatre is committed to finding ways of reducing its carbon footprint further. Theatr Brycheiniog opened in 1997.

Click here to find out whats on in April in Theatr Brycheiniog

Regimental Museum of the Royal Welsh

The Museum tells the fascinating story of four of the British army’s most famous regiments. This long history, dating back to the 1680s, is told through many kinds of objects including uniforms, medals, weapons and models. The regiments have seen action in many prominent events, including the British campaign in South Africa (visit us and discover what really happened in the 1879 Zulu War!), and both world wars. Forty-three of the regiments’ soldiers have received the Victoria Cross, and we commemorate their sacrifice and heroism as well as that of all the men and women associated with our regiments who have contributed so much to our country.£5 for adults, £1 for children between 5 and 16 years of age.

Good Day Out
Good Day Out is a way of having interesting, educational and fun days out, whilst incidentally helping good causes. Every experience day and product purchase on the site gives funds to the designated good cause. Examples of experiences include:
Stargazing Dark Skies Astronomy & Astro-Photography Evening
Small group stargazing with an astronomerSheep Trekking half day and full day trips
Take your very own sheep for a walk through a 200 acre organic farm in the beautiful National Park
Hedgehog Helper Morning
Help at a genuine hedgehog rescue centre and learn all about these much loved creatures.

Shopping In Brecon
Brecon Brewing

Established in 2011 by Buster Grant, one of Wales’ best known brewers, Brecon Brewing have created a range of beers full of flavour and character inspired by the dramatic locality, working with the local community and reigniting interest in Brecon.

Producers of high quality cask real ales with a range of bottled beers for sale in their brewery shop on Brecon’ High Street or by telephone: 01874 620800

The Hours Cafe and Bookshop
The Hours’ is the perfect spot to sit and unwind, to catch up with family and friends in relaxed surroundings with the daily papers, scrabble and backgammon close at hand… in fact it’s the just the place to wile away the hours.

Situated in a gorgeously wonky Grade II listed building on one of Brecon’s oldest streets, we stock a fine selection of carefully hand-picked books. Our quirky second floor meanwhile, exhibits art by Welsh and Wales-based artists and houses a selection of literary gifts and used books. Please go to our events page to read about upcoming exhibitions. Our charming café offers a scrumptious array of freshly prepared food including scrumptious sandwiches, homemade quiches and hearty platters using local produce where possible, as well as home-made cakes and deliciously smooth fair-trade coffee.

Brecon Farmers Market

  • Market Hall in BreconMarket Hall, off High Street Brecon Powys LD3 7LG United Kingdom
  • phone: 01874 636169

Brecon Farmers Markets are held on the second Saturday of each month (except August) from 9.30am to 2pm in the Market Hall, Brecon. Refreshments and live music.

Places to Visit
Brecon Cathedral
Brecon Cathedral started life in 1093 as the Benedictine Priory of St John the Evangelist, built by the Normans on the site of an earlier Celtic church.  At the dissolution of the monasteries in 1538 it became Brecon’s Parish Church.  It became a Cathedral only in 1923, on the establishment of the Diocese of Swansea and Brecon. 

The Cathedral is at the heart of a Diocese which stretches from Beguildy in the North to the beautiful Gower Peninsula in the South, including most of the Brecon Beacons National Park and the City of Swansea.

The Cathedral is the Mother Church of the Diocese and offers a ministry of worship and welcome to all who visit. Although a building of relatively modest proportions, the Cathedral is set in a walled Close, unique in Wales. The remains of the former monastic buildings today provide the administrative centre for the Diocese as well as housing for the Cathedral clergy and a Heritage Centre and Restaurant. This remarkable collection of buildings is the finest of its kind in Wales.

Information Centres

Brecon Tourist Information Centre
The knowledgeable staff at Brecon Tourist Information Centre will help you make the most of your stay in Mid Wales and the Brecon Beacons. They can help you plan your visit with ideas on where to go, what to do, how to get there and where to stay.

Brecon Tourist Information Centre also sells local and UK guide books, maps a wide selection of walking books and other interesting books and Welsh souvenirs ,Welsh Food and confectionary, Elan Bach Textiles, Postcards and Greeting cards, Love spoons, Jewellery. Services include: Accommodation booking service, Ordnance Survey mapping service. Don’t hesitate to contact the Centre with any of your queries:
Tel: +44 (0)1874 622485
Email: brectic@powys.gov.uk

Brecon Beacons National Park Visitor Centre 
You’ll always find a warm welcome at the National Park Visitor Centre, often referred to locally as the Mountain Centre.  A team of friendly and knowledgeable Information Officers are on hand 364 days a year to help you make the most of your visit to the National Park.  You can fuel yourself for the day at the Tea Rooms which offer full breakfast, lunch and snack menus, along with a great range of tempting cakes and desserts.  The Tea Rooms are licensed, so you can also relax and unwind afer 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 earnt thirst.
The shop is also well worth a visit.  It stocks those all important maps and guides, along with a number of essential items that will help make your day go smoothly.

News
Brecon and Radnor Express covers all the news in the Brecon Beacons National Park with its main office found in the town. Or visit FYI Brecon to find out all the latest news stories through the web.

Visit www.breconbeacons.org for business listings, events and things to do and see in the area.

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