Brecon

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For those with a sense of romance Breconis 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 Breconyou can experience a real sense of timelessness whilst surrounded by history.

Historic BreconBrecon 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 BreconFor your own exercise you need not feel so constrained. The freedom of Brecon Beacons National Parksits 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 CanalsIf 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 BreconCanal 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 MarketThere 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 FestivalLovers 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 BreconIn 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.

Cribyn Lodge
Cribyn Lodge
3.5 out of 5
4 Jubilee Place, The Avenue, Brecon, Wales
The price is £110 per night from 1 Nov to 1 Nov
Situated in Brecon, this spa bed & breakfast is within 1 mile (2 km) of Brecon Cathedral and Brecon Golf Club. Brecon Beacons National Park is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (20 reviews)
"Booked and arrived late evening ,host was welcoming Excellent facilities, huge tv Delicious breakfast"

Reviewed on 20 Sep 2021

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Llangoed Hall
Llangoed Hall
4 out of 5
Llyswen, Brecon, Wales
The price is £310 per night from 31 Oct to 31 Oct
Situated on the riverwalk, this hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Erwood Station Craft Centre, Gallery and Tea Rooms, Brecon Beacons National Park and Pwll-y-wrach ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (213 reviews)
5* review
"From check in to check out our experience her was 1st class. Our room was luxurious spacious, comfortable and felt like staying in a stately home with a huge comfortable bed and antique furniture. Our evening meal was delicious with tasty canapés and extras such as miso bread and pre-dessert. Staff ..."

Reviewed on 29 Jun 2021

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Old Radnor Barn
Old Radnor Barn
4 out of 5
OLD RADNOR BARN, Station Yard, Brecon, Wales
This family-friendly Brecon bed & breakfast is located near the airport, 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Pwll-y-wrach Nature Reserve, and within 20 mi (32 km) of Pen y ...
3.8/5 Good! (8 reviews)
"Although it had a good star score and was billed as being good with regard to accessibility for people with a disability, I don’t feel it was particularly wheelchair friendly. The overall cleanliness appeared to be good, however, on seeing behind the sofa in our room (after dropping something) the ..."

Reviewed on 18 Sep 2021

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Alltybrain Farm Cottages and B&B
Alltybrain Farm Cottages and B&B
4 out of 5
Alltybrain Farm Cottages, Llandefaelog Fach, Brecon, Wales
The price is £100 per night from 11 Nov to 11 Nov
Situated in Brecon, this cottage is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Brecon Beacons National Park and within 6 miles (10 km) of Brecon Cathedral and Brecon Golf Club. Brecon ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (57 reviews)
Amazing property in a rural location
"Amazing stay in a quiet rural location"

Reviewed on 25 Apr 2021

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A beautifully appointed brand new apartment to meet your vacation needs
A beautifully appointed brand new apartment to meet your vacation needs
Court Rise, Hoggan Park, Flat 4, Brecon, WLS
Located in the heart of Brecon, this apartment building is within 2 miles (3 km) of Brecon Cathedral, Brecon Golf Club and Brecon Beacons National Park. Pen ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (21 reviews)
1st Class Welsh Experience
"Adil and Mary went above and beyond to make us feel welcome. They gave us great recommendations on days out and where to eat, of which did not disappoint. The apartment was immaculate, had everything you would need especially the coffee machine which our daughter loved. We would highly recommend ..."

Reviewed on 30 Sep 2021

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Hilltops Brecon Holiday Cottages
Hilltops Brecon Holiday Cottages
4 out of 5
The Held, Cefn Cantref, Brecon, Wales
Situated in a national park, this cottage is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Brecon Cathedral, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Brecon Beacons National Park Visitor Center and ...
5/5 Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Lovely cottage!
"A very enjoyable stay here. Property and setting were faultless! Towels and linen were spotlessly clean as was the rest of the property.The welcome we had was lovely too! A super location for a quiet getaway, to go exploring, or whatever else you fancy."

Reviewed on 20 Jun 2021

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