There are plenty of things to enjoy in the Brecon Beacons come rain or shine! Here are some of our top things to do if its raining or chilly outside…
Our caves and caverns have been quietly forming for thousands of years, underground and out of sight. Visitors from all over the world come to the southwest section of the Brecon Beacons National Park to explore these amazing spaces and feel the thrill of discovery. For some, it’s their first ever caving trip, while others have many years of experience.
1. Big Pit-Fully immerse yourself in Wales’ industrial past Big Pit should be on your itinerary. It’s near the Park boundary to the South and the the main attraction is the mine underground but don’t miss out the galleries on the hill – well worth a visit
2. Dolaucothi Gold Mines-The Gold mines will reopen for a brand new season on the 18th March. Its the only known Roman Gold Mine in the UK! Discover what life was like for Roman miners, who tunnels through the landscape with only the most basic of hand tools; or for the Victorian miners who used explosives to break through tonnes of shale to get to the precious metal within. There’s guided tours running throughout the day between March and November
3. Dan Yr Ogof ShowCaves-If you aren’t quite ready to commit to the full caving experience the Dan yr Ogof Showcaves offers an amazing opportunity to explore caves and admire rock formations, as well as experiencing their dinosaur park!
4. Caving–Go caving with experienced activity providers
Experience our Waterfalls-If it’s wet outside get wetter!
Waterfall Country- The steep rocky gorges and tumbling waterfalls of Waterfall Country are clothed with the spreading canopies of oak and ash trees.
Henrhyd Falls- is the highest waterfall in the Brecon Beacons National Park, with a drop of 27m, Sgwd Henrhyd, on the River Nant Llech north-west of Glyn-Neath, is the highest waterfall in the National Park. You follow a steep path down into the mystical wooded valley, with occasional glimpses of the falls through the trees. A wooden bridge takes you across the stream which you then follow up to the pool at the base of Henrhyd Falls. You can then walk down the Nant Llech valley, whose steep sides are lined with sessile oak, ash, small-leafed lime, alder and wych elm trees. This takes you to Henrhyd Small Falls.
Blaen-y-Glyn-Much of the water that fills Talybont Reservoir begins its journey high up in the mountains at the head of the Talybont Valley in the eastern Beacons. At Blaen-y-Glyn, the infant River Caerfanell, the Nant Bwrefwr and other streams tumble down from the hills over tremendous clusters of picturesque waterfalls.
Visit our Gardens, Houses and Castles
National Botanic Garden of Wales- There are lots of events being held at the National Botanic Garden of Wales this Christmas holidays. Wear your Christmas jumper on National Christmas Jumper Day and you can claim FREE admission to the National Botanic Garden of Wales info here. Or why not take a look around their new butterfly house?
The Garden is open from 10am to 6pm with last entry at 5pm.
Admission to the Garden is £9.75 (including Gift Aid) for adults and £4.95 for children over five. Entry is FREE for Garden members and parking is free for all.
Newton House at Dinefwr-Newton House provides a place to escape indoors, built in 1660, you can still find traces of the original Newton House on a visit to the Dinefwr estate.
Dinefwr Castle– Dinefwr Castle not only occupies a place of great affection in the minds and traditions of the Welsh people but also majestic hilltop locations above the Tywi valley. The site is forever associated with the princes of Deheubarth, the kingdom in south-west Wales.
Tretower Court and Castle-For over 900 years Tretower Court and Castle has been altered, adjusted and adapted. Much of this was done to keep up with style, fashion and the tastes of the time. When the Vaughans left in the 18th century Tretower Court became a working farm and where ladies and gentlemen lived, lambs and geese moved in!
Now, in the 21st Century they’ve recreated a suite of rooms as they may have been in 1470 when the Vaughans were part of high society. Discover a sophisticated way of life: from intricately carved furniture right down to the pots and pans of a working kitchen. Experience 15th century living at its best.
Head to our Cinemas and Theaters
Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon- Canal Wharf, Brecon LD3 7EW, Wales, tel 01874 611622,
Standing beside the the colourful barges on the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal route, Theatr Brycheiniog is o
ne of the top performing arts centres in Wales. It hosts theatre, classical music, dance, ballet, world music, folk music and jazz events, attracting more than 150,000 visitors each year. Theatr Brycheiniog is also an energy-saving champion. It was the first solar-powered theatre in the country, generating a proportion of its energy requirements through photovoltaic cells on its roof. It was also one of the first theatres to install LED lighting on stage.
Borough Theatre, Abergavenny- Cross Street, Abergavenny NP7 5HD, Wales, tel 01873 850805.
There’s something on almost every night of the week at the Borough Theatre. A full and varied programme of touring and amateur theatre, dance, comedy and tribute bands runs throughout the year. This fine Victorian theatre is part of the town hall. The building dates back to 1870 and still retains much of its period character. The Borough’s studio space, the Melville Theatre, is the place to catch a small-scale production or an arthouse film.
Visit a Gallery
Lion Street Gallery–The Lion Street Gallery was recently rated as one of the best galleries in Wales by the Culture Trip website. Only 50 yards from the clocktower in the famous book town of Hay- on- Wye . We mainly promote artists who work in Wales and the Borders. There are regular shows throughout the year, showcasing both established Welsh artists, as well as up and coming young talent. They are also part of the Arts Council of Wales 0% Collectorplan scheme, all to help make investing in art easier to do.
Art loving dogs are very much welcome.
Erwood Station Gallery– Erwood Station Gallery is the sister gallery to the Lion Street Gallery in Hay on Wye. It shows the very best in contemporary craft, paintings and sculpture set within a station and 3 carriages! Erwood Station Gallery is in a well known beauty spot alongside the River Wye, ideal for walkers and bird watchers (there is a bird hide in the renovated signal box which is looked after by Radnorshire Wildlife Trust) and there is even an engine as well. There is also have a tea room in the station.
Chapel Cottage Studio and Gallery–Chapel Cottage Studio is a small family run Art Studio providing a wide range of friendly informal Art classes to suit all abilities. Nestled into the beautiful Monmouthshire countryside with stunning views of the Brecons Beacons range, classes range from 2 hour evening classes to full day workshops right through to intensive 6 day courses.
For the Family
Cantref Adventure Farm–Whatever the weather Cantref – Brecon’s Biggest Adventure is a fantastic family day out in South Wales! Winners of the UK National Farm Attraction 2016! They have an indoor soft play area, pet handling and big animal barns and a cafe!
The Old Railway Line Garden Centre-holds regular ‘Wild Wednesday’ events to keep the children entertained, with’Our Solar System’ Wild Wednesday coming up on Wednesday 31st August. Theres a Farm and gift shop for all your needs, as well as a large cafe serving delicous food daily!
Brynich Play Barn -The Play Barn at Brynich is an award winning indoor soft play centre on the edge of Brecon. They also have a café that offers delicious meals, snacks and drinks.The Play Barn at Brynich is open Wednesday to Sunday during term time.Adventure, exercise and stimulation in a safe and indoor environment!