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Places to visit in the Brecon Beacons

There is so much to see and do in the Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains, with a wide variety of attractions to suit all ages.

With a rich and complex past, the region is home to many historical attractions, including Prehistoric and Roman monuments, beautiful medieval castles and industrial heritage sites.

There’s plenty to see and do in the idyllic market towns and quaint villages sprinkled throughout the area. Visit Hay-on-Wye to browse famous bookshops, Abergavenny to sample delicious food markets, and quaint Crickhowell to shop the town’s award-winning high street.

The national park’s varied landscape is stuffed with stunning natural attractions to explore, from beautiful show caves and spectacular hills and mountains to glistening rivers, lakes and waterfalls. There’s also an abundance of leafy parks, gardens and nature reserves which are beautiful to visit in all seasons.

If it’s family fun you’re after, there are lots of family-friendly attractions dotted throughout the region. Popular days out include Cantref Adventure Farm, the Brecon Mountain Railway and the National Botanic Garden of Wales.

The Best Things To Do in and Around Crickhowell

Our guide to the things to do in Crickhowell, a pretty market town surrounded by the Brecon Beacons.

A Visitor's Guide to The Royal Mint Experience attraction in South Wales

The Royal Mint Experience: A Visitor’s Guide

The Royal Mint dates back more than 1,100 years and produces all of the coins for the United Kingdom and for more than 60 other countries worldwide.
The Royal Mint Experience opened in 2016 and has become one of South Wales’ most popular attractions.

A Visitor's Guide to Tintern Abbey in South Wales

Tintern Abbey: A Visitor’s Guide

A national icon, Tintern Abbey still stands proudly on the banks of the River Wye as it has for almost 900 years.

A visitors guide to the National Botanic Garden of Wales

National Botanic Garden Of Wales: A Visitor’s Guide

Described as “a beautiful science laboratory”, the National Botanic Garden of Wales boasts a plethora of plants, numerous species of wildlife, a vast array of different trees and its own dedicated bird of prey centre.

Visit Carreg Cennen Castle in South Wales

Carreg Cennen Castle And Farm: A Visitor’s Guide

Voted the most romantic ruin in Wales by readers of Countryfile magazine, Carreg Cennen Castle is a Grade I listed building that occupies a dominant position overlooking the River Cennen. Formerly under Royal ownership, this wonderful structure is now cared for by Cadw.

A Visitors Guide to Aberglasney Gardens in South Wales

Aberglasney Gardens: A Visitor’s Guide

Everything you need to know about one of the finest gardens in Wales: the beautiful Aberglasney Gardens.

Llanddeusant Red Kite Feeding Station: A Visitor’s Guide

Llanddeusant Red Kite Feeding Station has been pivotal in helping the red kite population of Wales recover. A wonderful experience with the kites fed daily

Penderyn Whisky Stills at the Distillery in the Brecon Beacons

Penderyn Distillery: A Visitor’s Guide

Putting Welsh whisky back on the map after a 100 year absence, Penderyn Distillery has reignited a passion for distillation in Wales which dates back to the 4th century. Using only the purest water from the Brecon Beacons, they now produce some of the finest whisky in the world.

A Visitors Guide to The y Gaer Museum Art Gallery and Library in Brecon

Brecon & Y Gaer Museum, Art Gallery & Library: A Visitor’s Guide

Combine your trip to y Gaer with a walk around Brecon and stroll along the Promenade alongside the Usk. 

A Visitors Guide to Tretower Castle Powys South Wales

Tretower Court And Castle: A Visitor’s Guide

A grade I listed fortified manor house and ruin of an early medieval tower boasting more than 900 years of history.

Llancaiach Fawr Manor: A Visitor’s Guide

Llancaiach Fawr Manor is a Tudor house which was built in the mid-16th century and is believed to be haunted!

Big Pit National Coal Museum: A Visitor’s Guide

Since opening its doors in 1983, the Big Pit has become one of South Wales' most visited attractions. Telling the story of coal mining in Wales, former miners will greet you and take you 300ft underground to experience what life was like during the operational years of the Big Pit.

Blaenavon Ironworks: A Visitor’s Guide

Blaenavon Ironworks boasts a wealth of history and is extremely popular with guests staying at the Gliffaes Country House Hotel. Now one of the finest preserved 18th-century ironworks in the world, it was featured in the 2007 BBC reality TV series “Coal House” for its authentic look and feel.

Welsh Gardens To Visit This Spring

A selection of beautiful gardens in South Wales, perfect for visiting in the spring.

Talgarth Mill

Visit this fully-restored flour mill and bakery nestled in the village of Talgarth.

Visit to a Welsh Lavender Farm

Visit a beautiful Welsh lavender farm located 1,100 feet at the top of the Maesmynis valley.

A Day Out With the Lords of the Marches

A one-day itinerary for visiting Grosmont, Skenfrith and White Castles.

country house hotel south wales in the brecon beacons

A Welsh Road Trip

A brilliant, detailed itinerary for a 7-10 day holiday in the Brecon Beacons and Pembrokeshire national parks.

Seeing the Wood for the Trees at Powis Castle

Visit Powis Castle, a National Trust castle and gardens in South Wales.

Book your Brecon Beacons escape

Gliffaes Country House Hotel is nestled in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park. We’ve created a useful guide of local attractions and activities here, containing information on walks, things to do, local shopping and places to visit, which you can use to help map out your visit to the Brecon Beacons.

If you’re looking for a place to enjoy a fresh, locally-sourced lunch, dinner or afternoon tea, or somewhere comfortable to stay the night, our friendly country house hotel is the perfect base for your Brecon Beacons break.

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