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Places to stay in Brecon

Sheltered in the foothills of the Brecon Beacons National Park, this beautiful market town is the perfect location to enjoy stunning scenery alongside plenty of activities. The ideal place to indulge your adventurous side with canoeing, boating and sailing,

Brecon also caters for families who want to relax with scenic picnics or just take in the sights of the Welsh countryside. Kids of all ages will enjoy a ride on the Brecon Mountain Railway, or why not make the most of the surroundings by going pony trekking? A browse around the traditional market – held on Tuesdays and Fridays – is a must for any visitor, and a trip on the Monmouth and Brecon Canal could round off any trip nicely.

Hostels in Brecon
Hostels in Brecon

For a family break that puts you within reach of the medieval streets of the mid Wales market town, YHA Brecon is the perfect place to stay. This Victorian home has all the facilities needed for a fantastic holiday, and will provide the perfect base from which to explore all this popular area has to offer.


Five Free Things To Do In Brecon

Talgarth Festival
Celebrating the Black Mountains and the Welsh countryside in general, this free festival is a family-friendly and fun way to spend the August Bank Holiday Weekend.

Brecon Cathedral
The cathedral is a must-see, not only for the fact that it is set in a walled close – unique throughout Wales - and is considered one of the country’s finest constructions. While you’re here, make the trip to see the grotesque carvings of fantastic birds and beasts on the Norman fort, the oldest object in the building.

Go walking
You could walk for a whole eight days across the Brecon Beacons National Park on the Beacons way, but just spending the afternoon taking in the sights while filling your lungs with fresh country air is also perfectly acceptable! With varying routes available, you can plan the walk that best suits your family’s needs.

Go birdwatching and wildlife spotting
The Brecon Beacons National Park is home to a huge array of wildlife, so keep eyes peeled for golden plovers and curlews hiding in the grasslands, red grouse along Offa's Dyke, and majestic peregrine falcons ready to swoop over the cliff tops. Skylarks, buzzards and pipits will be easier to spot, while other wildlife to look out for includes otters, bats and lizards, along with salmon as they leap up stream in the River Usk.

Enjoy the stars
Thanks to the high quality dark skies this part of Wales enjoys, the Brecon Beacons offers stargazers a rare opportunity to see the Milky Way along with many other major constellations and nebulas. Why not stay up one night to marvel at this exceptional sight? After all, it may not be every day that you spend the night beneath some of the darkest skies in the UK.

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