Weekend in Brecon (or longer)
The ancient market of Brecon in The Brecon Beacons National Park is a great base from which to enjoy a holiday in Wales. Whether you want an active holiday and will enjoy rock climbing, horse riding and mountain biking or if you prefer a slower pace of life on The Brecon and Monmouthshire canal, Brecon and the surrounding area has a lot to offer.
Book Accommodation in Brecon
For hotels and bed and breakfast accommodation in Brecon have a look at Hotels Combined which bring up prices and availability for all hotels in Brecon from many of the leading hotel websites including laterooms.com and expedia.co.uk. Popular hotels are The Wellington Hotel, The Castle of Brecon and Peterstone Court just outside of town.
Activities in Brecon
There are many outdoor activities in the area such as pony trekking and a children’s play area at Cantref Farm, a rope & climbing centre at Llangorse, visiting the Dan-yr- Ogof caves and waterfalls walks at Pontneddfechan, or of course walking in the Brecon Beacons. Keen walkers could try the 96 mile Beacons Way from the Holy Mountain (Abergavenny) to Bethlehem (Llandeilo) over 8 days including the highest peak in South Wales Pen-y-Fan near Brecon. See www.walkwildwales.co.uk for walking holidays in the area.
18 miles away is the eccentric town of Hay-on-Wye, always worth a visit for those who like books, jigsaws, puzzles & teddybears. Near Trecastle and the Usk Resevoir is a red kite feeding station. Carreg Cennen Castle is in a wonderful location and Llanthony Abbey (painted by Turner) is in a beautiful valley. For those who like gardens, the National Botanic garden of Wales and Aberglasny Gardens are also not far away in the direction of Carmarthen, as is a Roman gold mine.
St. Fagans, near Cardiff, the folk museum of Wales is interesting. One of the most fascinating places to visit in this area is the Big Pit Coal Mine at Blaenavon where children from about 7 years old upwards can go down the mine (depends on height).There is no entrance fee as it is part of the National Museums of Wales. And it doesn’t need good weather.
Slightly further afield (40 miles from Brecon) is the town of Swansea with the beautiful Gower coast, or the capital city of Wales, Cardiff. From the 19th- 22nd July the Royal Welsh Show is being held at Builth Wells. This is a showcase of all breeds of farm animals and welsh country life. In August each year Brecon holds a world class Jazz Festival.
For a longer holiday combining two national parks in Wales, there is the wonderful Pembrokeshire coast. I think you had all better plan to stay at least a week!!