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City Guide to Brecon

For those with a sense of romance Brecon is the ideal place to lose, and find, yourself in. This historic Welsh town nestles in the foothills of the Brecon Beacons National Park in the County of Powys. Surrounded by rugged, natural splendour are its narrow streets that are decoratively lined with Georgian and Jacobean shop fronts. In Brecon you can experience a real sense of timelessness whilst surrounded by history.

Historic Brecon

Brecon Cathedral traces its roots back to the Normans when, in 1093 after capturing the Welsh kingdom of Brecheiniog, Marches Bernard de Neufmarche built a priory here. You can trace the layers of different historical periods on a visit to the inspiring cathedral, and, inside its embattled walls you will find the most unique group of monastic buildings in Wales.  You can take the time to explore the fascinating history of the cathedral and the town in the Brecon Cathedral Heritage Centre.

Other traces of history can be found in the town’s medieval walls, sections of which still stand proud, and at Captain’s Walk where French prisoners from the Napoleonic Wars once exercised.

Bracing Brecon

For your own exercise you need not feel so constrained. The freedom of Brecon Beacons National Park sits on your doorstep, inviting you to explore its mountains on bracing walks through areas of breathtaking natural beauty. There is the Black Mountains to challenge yourself with, Fforest Fawr (Great Forest) to lose yourself in and the Brecon Beacons themselves to find stunning views from.

The Park attracts many visitors, but never feels crowded, and there’s so much on offer: hill walking, climbing, gorge-walking, caving, horse-riding and mountain biking. Add in a break for a picnic and re-energise, because you’re going to need it.

Rivers and Canals

If messing about on the river is more your thing then you’ll love Brecon. Situated at the confluence of two rivers, the Usk and the Honddu, there’s plenty of opportunities to stroll along the riverbanks or relax next to them.

The historic Monmouth and Brecon Canal links Brecon with Newport and features a magnificent stone aqueduct that carries it across the River Usk just outside the town. A 37 mile stretch of the canal has been lovingly restored to award-winning standards and offers plenty of chances to drift along the route on a canal cruise.

Brecon Market

There is a delightful craft market held on the third Saturday of every month and, although you may not pick up any souvenirs to take home, the lively cattle market that takes place every Tuesday and Friday makes for interesting viewing.

Brecon Jazz Festival

Lovers of jazz should time their visit for early August when the Brecon Jazz Festival really heats things up. Brecon plays host to a range of jazz musicians from around the world and many more jazz aficionados arrive to enjoy the vibe. Book your accommodation early as the town really does fill up quickly.

Magical Brecon

In ancient times it was felt that places where rivers met had a magical quality. Today you can find out for yourself just how right they were: visit Brecon and feel the magic.


Guide to Exploring Brecon


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The Markets Tavern Hotel

The Markets Tavern Hotel

36 Free Street, Brecon
3.6
of 5, from 9 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Brecon, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Brecon Golf Club and within 9 mi (15 km) of Brecon Beacons National Park Visitor Center and Llangorse Lake. Pen y Fan and Brecon Beacons National Park are also within 12 mi (20 km).

Peterstone Court

Peterstone Court

1 Yewtree Cottage, Brecon
4.5
of 5, from 2 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Brecon, this luxury inn is within 9 mi (15 km) of Llangorse Lake, Brecon Golf Club, and Brecon Beacons National Park Visitor Center. Pen y Fan is 10 mi (16.1 km) away.

£64
Ty Helyg Guest House

Ty Helyg Guest House

39 Watton, Brecon
5.0
of 5, from 9 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Brecon, this guesthouse is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Brecon Golf Club and within 9 mi (15 km) of Brecon Beacons National Park Visitor Center and Llangorse Lake. Pen y Fan and Brecon Beacons National Park are also within 12 mi (20 km).

£62
Pen-Y-Bryn House

Pen-Y-Bryn House

Llangorse, Brecon
4.7
of 5, from 61 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the historical district, this luxury guesthouse is 3.7 mi (6 km) from Llangorse Lake and within 12 mi (20 km) of Hay Castle and Brecon Golf Club. The Warren and Brecon Beacons National Park Visitor Center are also within 12 mi (20 km).

£121
Llangoed Hall

Llangoed Hall

Llyswen, Brecon
4.7
of 5, from 43 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Llyswen, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of The Warren, Hay Castle, and Bookends. Richard Booth's Bookshop is 9.2 mi (14.9 km) away.

£67
Alltybrain Farm Cottages

Alltybrain Farm Cottages

Pwllgloyw, Brecon
4.8
of 5, from 15 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in a rural location, this bed & breakfast is 4.8 mi (7.7 km) from Brecon Golf Club and within 12 mi (20 km) of Brecon Beacons National Park Visitor Center and Pen y Fan. Llangorse Lake is 10.5 mi (16.8 km) away.

£67
The Usk Inn

The Usk Inn

Talybont-On-Usk, Brecon
4.2
of 5, from 23 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Brecon, this inn is 4.4 mi (7 km) from Llangorse Lake and within 12 mi (20 km) of Brecon Golf Club and Brecon Beacons National Park Visitor Center. Brecon Mountain Railway is 12.3 mi (19.9 km) away.

£56
Old Castle Farm Guest House

Old Castle Farm Guest House

18 Penpentre, Brecon
4.4
of 5, from 59 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in a rural location, this guesthouse is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Brecon Golf Club and within 6 mi (10 km) of Brecon Beacons National Park Visitor Center and Pen y Fan. Llangorse Lake and Brecon Beacons National Park are also within 9 mi (15 km).

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