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Spectacular views unlike anything you’ve seen before

The Brecon Beacons is a perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, explore the dramatic scenery of the breathtaking mountain ranges, or go on an adrenaline-fuelled outdoors adventure.

There’s plenty to do and see in the Beacons, from hiking up Pen y Fan, the highest peak in South Wales, to discovering some of the most enchanting waterfalls in Britain, and catching a peek at rare wildlife that can only be found in the Beacons.

We’re working on building this page as a comprehensive ultimate guide to the Brecon Beacons, so watch this space for more on the best of things to do and see. In the meantime, have a look at our suggested four-day itinerary and feel free to ask our friendly and knowledgeable staff any questions – we’re proud of our area, so we’d love to hear from you!

Take a look at this short film showcasing the best of the Brecon Beacons – the hotel featured in the film is Gliffaes.

Brecon Beacon National Park, Sunset Couple from Soup Creative Ltd on Vimeo.

  • Walks

    The ancient hills, mountains and caves of the Beacons are perfect for a rejuvenating or relaxing walk. There's a range of walks to explore to suit all abilities, from low-level walks to challenging hikes, circular walks, waterfall trails, wheelchair-friendly routes, dog-friendly paths, and short walks to longer treks.

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  • Things to do

    There’s no shortage of things to do in the Beacons, from horseriding, kayaking and canoeing, gorge walking, mountain biking, birdwatching, stargazing (the Beacons are one of only five International Dark Sky Reserves in the world), and, of course, fishing.

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  • Nearby places to visit

    Castles, mountains, caves, museums, gardens and idyllic nearby towns are well worth a trip during your visit to the Brecon Beacons – there really is something for everyone! You’re never far away from another completely different panoramic view or experience.

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  • Shopping

    For those looking for some retail therapy, there’s an abundance of places to shop around the Brecon Beacons, from shopping centres with well-known big brands to charming market towns with quaint Welsh high streets for local produce and souvenirs.

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Come see the magic of the Beacons for yourself

As one of Britain’s 14 designated National Parks (and one of only three in Wales!), the Brecon Beacons is a national heritage, an important part of the British landscape, and as such, is granted special protection and area conservation.

Whether you’re visiting as a family, a couple, with friends, or going it alone, you can be sure to find something you’ll love in the magnificent mountain ranges and idyllic rolling hills.

The Beacons are ideal for travellers from London, Birmingham, Cardiff, and other busy cities, to take in the refreshing (and almost magical) Welsh countryside air, relax and unwind. 

Nearby are the awe-inspiring, tranquil Black Mountains, with spectacular peaks such as Sugar Loaf, Blorenge and The Skirrid – well-known sights to see and explore, close to Crickhowell, Powys and Monmouthshire.

Book your Brecon Beacons escape

The Gliffaes Country House Hotel is nestled in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park, just a 20-minute drive from Pen y Fan, with unrivalled fishing spots, a breathtaking arboretum over our 33 acres, and picturesque views of the adjacent River Usk, making it a perfect place for a relaxing and invigorating break.

Come in from the wild of the Brecon Beacons and unwind in the warming welcome of Gliffaes Country House Hotel.

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