Our guide to the things to do in and around Crickhowell, a pretty market town surrounded by the Brecon Beacons.
Crickhowell is a pretty market town surrounded by the Brecon Beacons National Park. Famed for its thriving high street and community spirit, the town offers plenty of things to do and see for visitors. Below are just a few of them.
If there’s one thing you have to do during your visit to Crickhowell, it’s to take a trip down its bustling high street. Crowned the ‘UK’s Best’ in 2018, the high street is packed with independent shops and boutiques selling local produce and products. Notable retailers include Bacchus, an award-winning off licence specialising in Welsh beer, wines and liquor, Cashells & Sons, a family butcher and delicatessen offering handcrafted cheese, pates, pies and cooked meats, and Book-ish, an indie bookstore with a lovely on-site cafe serving delicious homemade cakes and lunches. On the hunt for delicious 28 day dry-aged Welsh beef as featured on our menu then head over to Richards Butchers on the other side of the street from Webb’s, you can’t miss the que.
No shopping trip to Crickhowell would be complete without a visit to Webb’s of Crickhowell. A family-run store that has been part of Crickhowell for generations. On the ground floor, they sell everything for the kitchen from coffee cups to fridge-freezers, everything for the garden from chainsaws to garden string to state of the art BBQs plus an extensive range of hardware. On the newly converted two floors above Webbs have an extensive range of furniture from a host of leading brands and they also have a stand-alone bed shop where we buy all the hotel’s beds from. And they will deliver all over the UK. I can’t recommend them more highly for service and price.
If it’s gifts and country clothing you are after then head over to Nicholl’s . If you are and need of a new pair of walking boots, a suitable jacket for keeping the worst of the Welsh weather at bay while on the hills of the Brecon Beacons or just a map then set your compass for Crickhowell Adventure Gear. An Aladin’s Cave of kit and clothing for the outdoors staffed by a very knowledgeable team.
Just off the high street, you’ll find the Old Market Hall, which hosts an arts-and-craft market most Saturdays, and a cafe housed upstairs in a space that originally served as the town hall.
The natural beauty of the Brecon Beacons and the Usk Valley has inspired many artists over the years. As a result, Crickhowell boasts a thriving creative community and is home to a number of art galleries where you can discover wonderfully unique pieces of art to take home. Visit the Oriel CRiC Gallery, housed upstairs in the Crickhowell Resource and Information Centre which presents a changing programme of 6 exhibitions per year by local and visiting artists. At home on the first floor of 49 High Street is the Tower Gallery run by a talented collective of local artists and always well worth a look-in.
Crickhowell has much to offer those interested in history.
Directly within the town, you’ll find Crickhowell Bridge, which dates from the 1700s and is the longest stone bridge in Wales! You’ll also find the Grade I listed remains of Crickhowell Castle, a motte-and-bailey structure built by the Normans which dates from the 1100s.
Just outside the town, rising to the north is the flat-topped peak of Crug Hywel (which gives the town its name). Hike to the summit and you’ll be rewarded with the impressive remains of an Iron Age fort. Also nearby lies Tretower Court & Castle, a mighty four-storey castle dating from the 1100s, and an accompanying medieval court, which has been meticulously restored to look just as it might have done for a lavish feast in the 1460s.
Held in the week wrapped around St David’s Day (1 March), this annual walking festival features guided treks for all abilities, workshops on outdoorsy themes, and music.
The festival caters to all abilities, from those to want to trek across the tops of the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons to those who’d rather stick to lower gradient paths. Gliffaes Country House Hotel makes a great base for the walking festival as it’s close to all the walks and events, with a handful of the walks led by owners James and Susie starting and finishing at the hotel!
If you’re not going to be in Crickhowell for the dates of the walking festival, take a look at our guide to the best walks in the Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains.
Gliffaes Country House Hotel is nestled in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park, just a 10-minute drive from Crickhowell. 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 near Crickhowell 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.Book now
A 6-mile circular walk from Crickhowell car park to the top of Table Mountain and back via Cwm Cumbeth valley.