Another one of our thriving market towns, Brecon lies on the confluence of the River Usk and Afon Honddu. It is the go to place when skies are grey and there’s rain in the air. However there’s always a warm welcome here whatever the weather.
First built as a Roman military base it grew in the shadow of the Norman castle which guarded one of the few crossing points on the River Usk. Today its characterful narrow streets, lined with buildings with attractive Georgian facades hint at times gone by.
How to get there
Check out our getting here page for more information on how to get to the National Park.
Things to see and do
Imbibe the specialness of the 11th century Cathedral, a former priory
Pop down to the colourful Canal Basin and get a taste of culture at Theatr Brycheiniog or enjoy refreshments at the Cultural Cafe
Visit the South Wales Borderers Military Museum
Shop in the multitude of independent shops or monthly Brecknock Farmers Market
Be amazed by our cultural hub ‘Y Gaer’: museum, art gallery and library in one
Watch the latest film in our classic 1930’s style cinema
Have a workout or take a swim at Brecon Leisure Centre
Walk along any one of several scenic riverside and canalside walks
Venture further on foot or bike along the Usk Valley Walk and Taff Trail
Enjoy the unbeatable vibe of the Brecon Jazz Festival