There are endless attractions that allow dogs to join in the fun in the Brecon Beacons! You and your pup will be spoilt for choice with our top choices of dog friendly things to do in the National Park…
1. Doggy Days at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales
Bring your pooch for a visit to the National Botanic Gardens of Wales! EVERY Monday is Doggy Day at The National Botanic Gardens of Wales! There is also (at least!) one Doggy Weekend per month. Upcoming ones are August 4th-5th, September 22nd-23rd and October 6th-7th!
The Red Kite Feeding Station is located in the village of Llanddeusant at the western edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park in Carmarthenshire, Wales. There is no doubt that this regular feeding has helped the Red Kite breeding population maintain it’s stronghold in the Llanddeusant and surrounding area and, indeed, increase its numbers. In Wales 20 years ago there were less than 30 breeding pairs of Kites but now, with careful management and protection, there are now well over 300 pairs! The feeding centre is very near the charming town of Llandovery where there are plenty of hostelries, cafés and shops. Dogs are allowed at the centre but must be on a lead at all times.
The village of Tretower boasts a fine 13th century circular keep and one of the finest late medieval houses in Wales. Together they make up a property which for over 900 years has been altered and adapted to keep up with style and the tastes of the time. they welcome dogs too! Prince Charles himself has even recently visited-so you and your four legged friend are sure to receive a Royal welcome!
Brecon Cathedral houses the largest Norman font in Britain and the regimental chapel of the South Wales Borderers, who won renown in the Zulu War. The cathedral also contains a rare Breeches Bible. The sixteenth century tithe barn is now a Heritage Centre with reconstructions, audio-visual displays and a craft shop. There is an excellent restaurant and tea room in the cathedral grounds and an outstanding programme of musical events. And most importantly-it’s Dog Friendly!
The National Park Visitor Centre is the perfect place to enjoy a day out with your dog! There are plenty of walks surrounding the centre. There is a delightful restaurant and information centre too, so you can discover the Brecon Beacons National Park!
The Old Railway Line Garden Centre is an award winning, family run, independent Garden Centre, Farm Shop and Restaurant combined, offering the very best gardening, home and outdoor living products alongside delicious, fresh, locally produced food and drink. Why not take your dog along while you browse through their amazing products? They even have a wide range of pet care products-so your dog can leave with a treat!
You know somewhere is going to be great when it’s dog friendly and free! The Ironworks offers a very interesting insight into what life was like for the iron workers in Wales over 200 years ago.
The area around the centre has canal side and woodland walks, perfect for your dog! There are audio boxes interpreting the lime kilns and a cafe to grab some food.
9. Dinefwr Park
Dinefwr Park is a stunning 800 acre estate on the outskirts of the old farming town of Llandeilo. From flower rich hay meadows to dense woodland, there are plenty of wide open spaces for your dog to stretch their legs! For the enjoyment of all visitors, dogs are asked to be kept on a lead and dog waste picked up. Areas not accessible for dogs (except assistance dogs) are the ancient deer park, boardwalk and Newton House. More here.
Garwnant Visitor Centre sits in dog friendly woodlands that has over 400 acres to explore. The onsite visitor centre has a dog friendly restaurant too, so you can grab a bite to eat with your pooch afterwards! More here.
Friendly family dogs are permitted into the Showcaves, but dogs must be on a short lead at all times, with owners having ‘doggy bags’. But please remember dogs are not permitted into the Shire Horse Centre area where the Farm, Play Areas and where the Millennium Stone Circles are situated. More here.
12. Dog Friendly Activity Providers
There are plenty of dog friendly activity providers in the Brecon Beacons! Beacon Activities offer guided walks and are a dog friendly activity provider! Or why not try something different and take your dog on a canoe?! Want To Canoe welcome your well behaved dog as long as you can ensure they remain in the canoe at all times, cause no disturbance to other river users, landowners and wildlife and as long as you are sure they will not compromise the safety of you and your fellow paddlers.
Now a Registered Historic Park and Garden managed by the Brecon Beacons National Park, this is a place where natural and man-made features mingle to great effect. The river meanders through the park, but just as at home here is the designed landscape of tall trees, lush meadows, woodland plantations, fishpond, lakes, lawns and woodland walks. Dogs on a lead are welcome to stroll around the park with you!
There are few castles in Europe which can boast a more spectacular location than Carreg Cennen. Dogs on leads are welcome, with two dog friendly walks seen in the image below.
Make sure you follow the Dog Code so you have a responsible visit to the Brecon Beacons National Park!