View over the Brecon Beacons National Park

Places to stay in Brecon

Welcome to Brecon

Explore the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park.

Brecon is a thriving market town situated near to the Brecon Beacons, a mountain range situated in South Wales. Including South Wales' highest mountain, Pen y Fan, the Brecon Beacons also include the Black Mountains to the east and make for some great walking and climbing opportunities.

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Things to do in Brecon

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.

Brecon Cathedral

Serving as the Cathedral of the Diocese of Swansea and Brecon in the Church of 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.

Explore the rugged landscape of the Brecon Beacons

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.

Big Pit

Big Pit National Coal Museum

With facilities to educate and entertain, Big Pit is an exciting and informative day out. Don't miss the underground tour. Visit the Big Pit website

World heritage site

Blaenavon World Heritage site

Nowhere in the world does a landscape shaped by iron making remain on such a complete scale as at the Blaenavon World Heritage site - there's plenty to explore here.

Girl in a museum studying a fossil

Brecknock Museum & Art Gallery

** currently the actual museum is going through a refurbishment, so is closed.  The shop is open.  ** Brecknock Museum & Art Gallery is one of the finest and liveliest small museums i

Brecon Cathedral

Brecon Cathedral

Because of its location it's thought that the Norman Priory might have been built on the site of an older, possibly Celtic, church.

Red kite

Red Kite feeding station

The feeding station attracts over 50 red kites and buzzards every day. You can watch from the purpose built hide for the best view.

Welsh regiment

Royal Regiment of Wales

The collection has artefacts from around the world that reflect the history and character of a 300 year old regiment.