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

Historic BreconBrecon Cathedraltraces its roots back to the Normans when, in 1093 after capturing the Welshkingdom of Brecheiniog, Marches Bernard de Neufmarche built a priory here. Youcan trace the layers of different historical periods on a visit to theinspiring cathedral, and, inside its embattled walls you will find the mostunique group of monastic buildings in Wales. You can take the time to explore the fascinating history of thecathedral and the town in the Brecon Cathedral Heritage Centre.

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

Bracing BreconFor your own exercise you need not feel soconstrained. The freedom of Brecon Beacons National Parksits on your doorstep, inviting you to explore its mountains on bracing walksthrough areas of breathtaking natural beauty. There is the Black Mountains tochallenge yourself with, Fforest Fawr (Great Forest) to lose yourself in andthe Brecon Beacons themselves to find stunningviews from.

The Park attracts many visitors, but never feelscrowded, 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 andre-energise, because you’re going to need it.

Rivers and CanalsIf messing about on the river is more your thingthen you’ll love Brecon. Situated at the confluenceof two rivers, the Usk and the Honddu, there’s plenty of opportunities tostroll along the riverbanks or relax next to them.

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

Brecon MarketThere is a delightful craft market held on thethird Saturday of every month and, although you may not pick up any souvenirsto take home, the lively cattle market that takes place every Tuesday andFriday makes for interesting viewing.

Brecon Jazz FestivalLovers of jazz should time their visit for earlyAugust when the Brecon Jazz Festival really heatsthings up. Brecon plays host to a range of jazzmusicians from around the world and many more jazz aficionados arrive to enjoythe vibe. Book your accommodation early as the town really does fill upquickly.

Magical BreconIn ancient times it was felt that places whererivers met had a magical quality. Today you can find out for yourself just howright they were: visit Brecon and feel the magic.

Top hotels in Brecon

Llangoed Hall
Llangoed Hall
4 out of 5
Llyswen, Brecon, Wales
The price is £270 per night from 12 Nov to 13 Nov

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 ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (204 reviews)

"Absolutely fantastic! I took my fiancee here for a surprise weekend away and it really didn't disappoint. We had a the basic room, which was far from basic; a great bath, four poster bed and excellent view across the Wye valley. We ate in the restaurant on both nights, the food and service were both ..."…"

Reviewed on 5 Oct 2020

Llangoed Hall
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 on the riverwalk, within 1 mi (2 km) of Pwll-y-wrach Nature Reserve and Brecon Beacons National Park. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (6 reviews)

"Confirmation from Expedia told me b&b was in Brecon, it wasn't its in Talgarth. Rooms described as 'Luxury it wasn't' ! A room full of pine furniture, basic bedding, hut milk and sachets of basic Nescafe are a mile away from my idea of luxury. The 'kingsize; bed was two singles put together. Only ..."…"

Reviewed on 23 Mar 2020

OLD RADNOR BARN
Cart House - One Bedroom House, Sleeps 2
Cart House - One Bedroom House, Sleeps 2
The Vicarage, Brecon, WLS
The price is £425 per night from 31 Oct to 1 Nov

Situated in Brecon, this holiday home is within 12 miles (20 km) of Brecon Beacons National Park, Brecon Cathedral and Brecon Golf Club. Royal Welsh Showground ...

Cart House - One Bedroom House, Sleeps 2
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Brecon

Cart House - One Bedroom House, Sleeps 2
Cart House - One Bedroom House, Sleeps 2
The Vicarage, Brecon, WLS
The price is £425 per night from 31 Oct to 1 Nov

Situated in Brecon, this holiday home is within 12 miles (20 km) of Brecon Beacons National Park, Brecon Cathedral and Brecon Golf Club. Royal Welsh Showground ...

Cart House - One Bedroom House, Sleeps 2
Brecon Boutique Breaks
Brecon Boutique Breaks
3 out of 5
Mancerddwen, Brecon, Wales
The price is £65 per night from 23 Oct to 24 Oct

Situated in Brecon, this apartment building is within 9 miles (15 km) of Brecon Beacons National Park, Brecon Beacons National Park Visitor Center and Brecon ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (25 reviews)
First Usk Fishing Trip

"Lovely cottage and owner and great location"…"

Reviewed on 10 Oct 2020

Brecon Boutique Breaks
Gilfach Farm Holiday Accommodation
Gilfach Farm Holiday Accommodation
3.5 out of 5
Gilfach, Sennybridge, Brecon, Wales

Situated in Brecon, this cottage is 3.2 mi (5.1 km) from Brecon Beacons National Park and within 12 miles (20 km) of Brecon Beacons National Park Visitor Center ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)
Beautiful...stay here.

"Amazing accommodation on a working farm with stunning views. Fantastic host."…"

Reviewed on 25 Aug 2019

Gilfach Farm Holiday Accommodation
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Brecon

Pen y Fan
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Pen y Fan

4.5/5(61 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Pen y Fan, a popular spot to commune with nature in Brecon. Wander the lakeside or discover the area's countryside.

Llangorse Lake
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Llangorse Lake

4.5/5(11 reviews)

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Llangorse Lake during your travels in Llangorse. Wander the picturesque gardens in this relaxing area.

Brecon Beacons National Park
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Brecon Beacons National Park

Brecon Beacons National Park, situated in South Wales, is a haven for explorers, nature lovers and epicurean travellers.

Rhondda Valley
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Rhondda Valley

4.5/5(34 reviews)

From countryside rambles to visiting a former coal mine and touring a whisky distillery, this beautiful part of southern Wales has much to offer.

Caerphilly Castle
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Caerphilly Castle

4.5/5(36 reviews)

Caerphilly Castle is a huge medieval castle in the South Wales, located in Caerphilly, seven and a half miles north of Cardiff. The castle stands out from other Welsh castles thanks to two distinct factors. The first of these is its sheer size; it is the second largest castle in the UK after Windsor Castle, occupying 30 acres.

Big Pit National Coal Museum
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Big Pit National Coal Museum

5/5(8 reviews)

Venture below the surface of the earth to tour an old coal mine and to learn about the history of mining in Wales.

Top things to do in Brecon

Distillery Tour
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Distillery Tour

£15
Per adult
Ubisoft Escape The Lost Pyramid is 2 or 4 player escape game in Virtual Reality
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Ubisoft Escape The Lost Pyramid is 2 or 4 player escape game in Virtual Reality

£20
Per adult
Motorcycle Trials and Off Road Experience Trydan Off Road Centre
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Motorcycle Trials and Off Road Experience Trydan Off Road Centre

£76
Per adult
Personally guided walking tours of Penarth.
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Personally guided walking tours of Penarth.

£5
Per adult
Hot Air Balloon Flight from South Wales
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Hot Air Balloon Flight from South Wales

£141
Per adult
Historical Walking Tour of Conwy Town with a Welsh Lady Guide
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Historical Walking Tour of Conwy Town with a Welsh Lady Guide

£10
Per adult

Reviews of Brecon

4.6

Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

9 Dec 2019

Nice Xmas lights this year.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

6 Dec 2019

Christmas lights are lovely obviously a great effort put into putting lights up everywhere so festive. Well done Brecon

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

21 Sep 2019

Really enjoyed walks along canal and river. The theatre was excellent. We enjoyed a great Eagles tribute band.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

16 Sep 2019

we were only passing through the area to get to our destination

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

5 Sep 2019

Need better signposting for Taff Trail & other areas for walkers .So easy to get lost as multiple paths

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

2 Sep 2019

The canal walk is very pleasing.

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