Brecon, archaically known as Brecknock,Historic Cathedral Town nestling in the foothills of the Brecon Beacons National Park in the County of Powys. Brecon is the third largest town in Powys, after Newtown and Ystradgynlais. Brecon remains first and foremost a traditional Mid Wales market town, as you will see on any Tuesday or Friday. It lies north of the Brecon Beacons mountain range, but is just within the Brecon Beacons National Park. This magical spot at the confluence of two rivers, the Usk and the Honddu has always been a popular destination offering visitors spectacular scenery and leisure activities. In Brecon and its surrounding area there are many interesting opportunities for outdoor activities and leisure facilities including walking, climbing, canoeing, horse riding and many more. Brecon boasts a cathedral, theatre, cinema, castle ruins, stunning Georgian architecture as well as being the final destination for the Monmouth and Brecon Canal which terminates in the charming canal basin next to the theatre.
Brecon is the home of Brecon Jazz but also has a strong musical calendar throughout the year! Now able to boast a range of galleries and other independent retailers, the town has growing recognition as a great place for lovers of the arts.
Ancient Britons, Romans and Normans have each left their mark on Brecon. The huge Iron Age hill fort of Pen-Y-Crug, on a hill north of the town has a circumference of 503 metres and an embankment of 5.5 metres high. West of the town lies the largest Roman fort of its type in Wales. You can follow Captain’s Walk and see the remains of Brecon’s medieval walls, or visit the South Wales Borderers Museum at Brecon Barracks. Take advantage of good weather to cruise the canal that links Brecon with Newport (Monmouthshire). Through the four seasons there are fine views and an abundance of wildlife to be seen. The full length of the canal towpath is a public footpath. During its passage through the National Park it features six locks and several public houses are to be found adjacent to the canal en-route. 200 Years of History – Travel on this historical waterway, a fantastic feat of engineering, built before roads and railways.
Above all, explore Brecon Beacons National Park, with its rolling hills, woods, caves and waterfalls.