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Places to stay in Brecon
Brecon is a small yet perfectly-formed market town in southern Powys, mid-Wales, and remains an important part of the country's community despite its size. It acts as the gateway to the celebrated Brecon Beacons National Park, incorporating architectural influences from as far back as Roman times, when the invading armies used the town as a cavalry base.
Now serving as a major tourist hotspot - particularly during the summer months - it is considered a great area for hikers who want to scale one of many of the old red sandstone peaks that give the National Park its name. Just a stone's throw from Merthyr Tydfil, Abergavenny and Hay-on-Wye, this is a must-visit place for outdoor adventurers.
YHA maintains a huge presence in Wales, and the Brecon Beacons are no exception. With several great hostels available - from the farmhouse-like Llanddeusant, Llwyn-y-Celyn and Danywenallt to the Llangattock Mountain Bunkhouse and the stunning Victorian home in Brecon itself - there's something for all tastes and itineraries in this wonderful part of the UK!
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Five Free Things To Do In Brecon
Brecon Jazz Festival
Held every year in the rural setting of Brecon, this gathering usually takes place in early August and hosts a remarkable number of jazz musicians from around the world.
Ogof Ffynnon Ddu
Those who are feeling particularly adventurous should explore the Cave of the Black Spring - OFD for short. At 308 metres (1,010ft) deep and 42 miles long, it is the deepest cave in the UK and second-longest in Wales - but is for professionals only.
While being home to OFD, Ystradfellte also offers the Waterfalls Walk - an easy ramble that will put hikers in touch with no fewer than four falls on the way. There's also the chance to see Porth yr Ogof, the biggest cave entrance in Wales.
Serving as the Cathedral of the Diocese of Swansea and Brecon in the Church in Wales, this unassuming church is a fantastic example of the area's architecture, having undergone rebuilding several times over ten centuries.
Enjoy the local wildlife
Brecon and its surrounding moors are home to some rare-yet-easily found breeds of animal, including Welsh mountain ponies and sheep that fearlessly climb the steep fells and valleys.