Set against the backdrop of the magnificent Brecon Beacons National Park, the Welsh town of Brecon is an idyllic destination for nature lovers and history enthusiasts. Medieval castles and stately homes dot the countryside, where cascading waterfalls and peaceful trails await.
Things to see
Visit the Brecon Beacons National Park, home to magical grassy moorlands and heather-clad mountains. Whether it’s a hike to the summit of Pen y Fan, a pony trek through the fields or canyon adventure at Sgwd yr Eira waterfall, you’re bound to find adventure.
For a touch of history, visit the weathered remains of Tretower Castle and Court, a 13th-century keep and one of the most elegant medieval houses in Wales. Uncover the castle’s many layers of history on a guided tour and experience the sophisticated lives of those who lived here centuries ago.
Delve deeper into Brecon’s rich and varied past with a visit to the Brecknock Museum and Art Gallery. Stop and admire the museum’s grand Victorian Greek Revival facade, before exploring the impressive collection of prehistoric tools.
Take a journey through the history of single malt whisky at Penderyn Distillery, the only one of its kind in Wales. Witness the distilling process and browse the exhibits, before treating yourself at the tasting bar.
Getting around Brecon
Trains, coaches and buses travel regularly between Brecon and most major British cities. If you’re visiting by car, Brecon connects to the country's motorway network by the A40. Local buses and rental cars are common ways to reach the national park.