Places to Visit in the Brecon Beacons
If you enjoy spending time exploring historic towns and villages then here's a whole host of places to visit in the Brecon Beacons. In the towns of Crickhowell, Abergavenny, Brecon, Hay-on-Wye, and Llandovery there are always activities going on, and the peaceful villages found within the Brecon Beacons National Park provide a relaxed atmosphere to take in. Wherever you choose to visit, you are sure to be surrounded by stunning countryside and breathtaking views.
The Manor Hotel is right on the outskirts of Crickhowell, just a ten minute walk from the town centre. Full of Georgian architecture and steeped in history, the town was the winner of the Great British High Street Awards 2018 and should be top of the list of your places to visit in the Brecon Beacons. Follow the link to find out more about Crickhowell.
A busy market town with history dating back to the Roman age and beyond, Abergavenny stands at the foot of Sugar Loaf Mountain and has much to offer visitors. The ruins of the 11th and 12th century Abergavenny Castle are well worth a visit, as is its museum. Abergavenny hosts an annual Cycling Festival as well as the Abergavenny Food Festival and there are also regular markets so you can enjoy the local produce year-round too.
Another market town, this time stemming from the Norman era, Brecon has a rich history and features narrow streets and many original Georgian buildings. Places to visit in Brecon include its 12th century cathedral and the Regimental Museum of the Royal Welsh. The Usk Valley Walk and the Taff Trail both start at Brecon, so it makes a good starting place for walkers and cyclists. Brecon is also home to a professional theatre and independent cinema and has pubs and restaurants galore, so there’s always something to do come rain or shine.
Hay-on-Wye is situated at the north-east extremity of the Brecon Beacons National Park and is world renowned as literary centre and home of the Hay Festival which runs each year for 10 days from May into June. The town is also home to HowThe LightGetsIn, the world's largest philosophy and music festival which runs concurrently with the Hay Festival over the Bank Holiday weekend on the banks of the river Wye. Hay is also known for the great walking to be found in the area, with the Offa’s Dyke Path and the Wye Valley Trail both intersecting the town. So whether you fancy a day of arts and culture browsing through the bookshops or exploring the walking routes, Hay-on-Wye should definitely be on your list of places to visit in the Brecon Beacons area.
Llandovery lies on the western edge of the National Park and the surrounding area is great for walking, mountain biking (particularly at Crychan Forest and Cwm Rhaeadr), and fishing on the Usk Reservoir or from the banks of the River Towy. There is of course also plentiful walking in the area, and of particular interest to bird watchers is the Dinas RSPB Nature Reserve.
There are plenty of local gift and craft shops and cafes and tea-rooms to discover. Llandovery is also home to our sister establishment the Castle Hotel, where you can find a traditional bar, roaring log fire, and a relaxed restaurant which is open year round for lunch and dinner, offering tasty food cooked to order from the superb local seasonal produce.