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A characterful town with spectacular views of the Brecon Beacons mountain range

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Brecon Canal Basin

The charming town of Brecon lies in the Usk Valley, north of the Brecon Beacons and within the foothills of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Its location affords it some breath-taking views of the magnificent mountain range.

Stroll through the town and you will be at once charmed by the narrow streets with Georgian facades. There is no shortage of welcoming places to eat and drink and if you time it just right you can experience the Brecknock Farmers Market on the second Saturday of every month. This is one of the largest markets in the area and is bursting with delicious local produce.

With a wealth of independent shops specialising in unique, regional goods as well as a theatre, cinema and a leisure centre for rainy days, there’s always something to do in this wonderful market town. This is not forgetting all the festivals in and around Brecon throughout the year including the Brecon Jazz and Arts Festivals.

Explore the Brecon Beacons

Steeped in history, a visit to one of the towns fascinating museums is a must; visit the Regimental Museum of The Royal Welsh to see one of the finest collections of military artefacts, which tells the story of the 24th Regiment during the 1879 Anglo-Zulu War or the impressive 12th century Brecon Cathedral with its interesting Heritage Centre. The Brecknock Museum and Art Gallery is also well worth a visit with exhibitions from local prehistory to the Dark Ages.

Take a short walk to the Brecon Canal Basin, one of the most beautiful canals of the South Wales network and explore the towpath on foot, by bike or boat. Much of it runs through the Brecon Beacons National Park, following the line of the wooded Usk Valley. Enjoy spectacular views and a plethora of waterside wildlife. If you fancy heading further try the picturesque Taff Trail, which heads south over the mountains towards Cardiff or the Usk Valley Walk, heading towards Caeleon.

To the east of Brecon lies the largest natural lake in Wales, Llangorse Lake. It is a lovely place to sail or paddle so why not hire yourself a rowing boat, canoe or pedalo from the nearby boat hire centre? It is a fantastic haven for wildlife with otters and water voles amongst some of the mammals you might be lucky enough to spot as well as Brecon’s famous Red Kites.

“Set within the Brecon Beacons National Park there are endless opportunities for exciting outdoor adventures”

For a magical journey underground, discover the National Showcaves Centre for Wales. Be amazed by the natural rock formations and get a sense of the huge cave networks beneath the mountains.

Covering 520 square miles, the Brecon Beacons National Park includes four distinct mountain ranges and 268 scheduled ancient monuments, just waiting to be admired and photographed. It has also been granted the status of “International Dark Sky Reserve” so is perfect for star gazers. From the depths of its caves to the imposing high peaks of Pen y Fan and Cribyn, to the vast array of castles, standing stones and Iron Age hill forts, there are endless opportunities to have a fantastic activity holiday. Stay in one of our Brecon cottages and make some superb holiday memories.

While you’re there

Llangorse Lake

Catch a glimpse of the famous Red Kites at this beautiful natural lake.

Brecon Canal Basin

Enjoy a picturesque walk around one of the prettiest canals in Britain.

A spot of stargazing

With the Brecon Beacons National Park having been granted the status of ‘International Dark Sky Reserve’ it is one of the best places in the UK to view the stars.

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