History. Culture. Beauty.
A perfect countryside holiday destination for those wanting to get away from it all.
Brecon, the beating heart of the Brecon Beacons’ National Park, nestles in the Usk Valley between the Brecon Beacons to the south and the Black Mountains to the east.
The picturesque market town, famed for its Georgian architecture, is an ideal base for a holiday, with plenty of accommodation, cafes, restaurants and shops. It has a long and important history as a town within the region.
For those who love the outdoors Brecon is one of the UK’s most popular tourists destinations, with endless opportunities to take part in activities such as walking, climbing, canoeing and horse-riding provided by easy access to the River Usk, Brecon and Monmouthshire Canal and of course the nearby Brecon Beacons.
our visitors love us
” We visited this brilliant museum. The WW1 section is outstanding, as is the Zulu room -well worth a visit”
“I was on a walking break to Brecon and wanted to climb PEN Y FAN again and it was another great climb, with loads of people doing the same as me. It has everything you could want from a mountain: so exhilarating and rewarding”
” Wonderful cathedral, peaceful and a lovely place to have a quiet five minutes. It was followed by a very nice lunch in the cafe – excellent, pleasant staff, highly recommended after a good walk.”
“Plan your visit and make the most of a lovely day .”
Whether you want somewhere to stay, places to eat or even evening entertainment. We’ve got it.
things to see and do
Brecon has a brand-new cultural hub, Y Gaer, set right in the middle of town, which houses the museum and library and is a focal point for the arts across the county of Breconshire and beyond. The museum houses many different collections: social history; local archaeological and natural and geological, and has many other exhibits of interest that will be of appeal to a wide range of visitors, representing the history of the town itself and its outlying villages and towns. On account of its increased size the new hub will be able to display a lot of artefacts that have been in storage for some time and this is an exciting time therefore for the cultural heritage of the town! Visitors will also be able to view paintings and art work of local interest that are housed in a separate part of the museum and enjoy refreshments in the cafeteria.
Brecon plays host to many events every year, including the renowned Brecon Jazz and Brecon Baroque Festivals, Brecon County Show, and the colourful annual Gurkha Freedom Parade. There are many other events in and around the town that will be mentioned on this website.
Brecon’s military history has strong connections with the Zulu conflict and the Regimental Museum of The Royal Welsh on The Watton is well worth a visit. There is a reference to those who fell at Rorke’s Drift in our cathedral.
After a day out in our fresh Welsh air you might fancy taking in a film; the latest Hollywood Blockbusters are always on offer at our cinema – one of the few independent cinemas left in Britain.
Whatever you need to make your visit a great experience call in to the Visit Brecon Shop to see us.