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Brecon Guide

Brecon is a small county town at the northern edge of the central Brecon Beacons, an area of rugged natural beauty. Its proximity to the hills and lakes of the National Park make it a popular base for trips and day walks into the park.

Most visitors to Brecon come for the scenery and the 520 square miles of the Brecon Beacons National Park is a walker’s paradise of rolling upland wilderness, lakes, rivers, deep wooded valleys and stone villages. The heart of the national park comprises the Brecon Beacons themselves, a pair of 2900-foot high hills, while east of Brecon, the Black Mountains stretch all the way to the English border.

In the town itself is the Brecknock Museum, which includes displays of agricultural implements unique to the area, a nineteenth-century assize court, and an antique collection of carved Welsh ‘love spoons’. For those with an interest in music, the Oriel Jazz gallery provides an entertaining journey through the archives of twentieth-century music and rare video footage of some of the jazz greats.

If walking gives you an appetite, there are a number of pubs and restaurants in the town offering a range of fare or you could drive out to the Seland Newydd, at Pwllgloyw, a traditional country pub offering some of the best food in the area.

If walking is not your style you can still enjoy the beautiful scenery of the National Park by taking a journey on the Brecon mountain, narrow gauge, steam railway. Alternatively a twenty-minute drive from Brecon is the National Showcaves Centre for Wales with three award winning showcaves, offering a world of mystery, discovery, exploration and fun.

Most visitors arrive by car but there is also a limited bus service from Cardiff, which is served by trains from London Paddington. Cardiff Airport is the closest to Brecon and is served by both national and international flights. There is a rail link service into the city.

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