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The Royal Welsh Regimental Museum: A Visitor's Guide

The Royal Welsh Regimental Museum celebrates the history of the British Army’s most famous Welsh regiments of the last 300 years. The stories of the Royal Regiment of Wales, the Royal Welch Fusiliers, the Welch Regiment, the Monmouthshire Regiment and The South Wales Borderers (from where the museum took its original name) are all told here.

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The Gliffaes Hotel Guide To The Royal Welsh Regimental Museum

Frequently Asked Questions

Where Is The Royal Welsh Regimental Museum?

The Royal Welsh Regimental Museum, The Watton, Brecon, LD3 7ED (approximately 20 minutes drive from Gliffaes Country House Hotel)

When Is The Royal Welsh Regimental Museum Open?

The Royal Welsh Regimental Museum is open year-round, closing only during the Christmas/New Year period.

Monday-Friday from 10:00-17:00
Saturdays: 10:30-16:00 (Easter until the end of September only)
Sundays: 10:00-16:00 (During August only)

(Last admission is 30 minutes before closing)

How Long Should I Spend At The Royal Welsh Regimental Museum?

Allow 2 hours to fully appreciate The Royal Welsh Regimental Museum and all of its exhibitions

How Much Is Entry To The Royal Welsh Regimental Museum?

Children (under 5 years old): Free entry

Children (aged 5-16): £2.00

Adults: £5.00

Serving Personnel/Veterans: £3.00

(Prices are correct at the time of writing. For up-to-date pricing and information, please visit The Royal Welsh Regimental Museum website)

Can I Park At The Royal Welsh Regimental Museum?

As part of Brecon Barracks, The Royal Welsh Regimental Museum does not have its own parking. There is plenty of parking nearby, with some spaces directly outside the museum and The Watton Car Park located just 200m away

Is The Royal Welsh Regimental Museum Wheelchair-Accessible?

The Royal Welsh Regimental Museum galleries are all situated on one level, making them easily accessible for all. There are also accessible toilet facilities

When Is The Best Time To Visit The Royal Welsh Regimental Museum?

The Royal Welsh Regimental Museum is open year-round and is equally fascinating whenever you choose to visit

What Should I Wear To The Royal Welsh Regimental Museum?

The Royal Welsh Regimental Museum doesn’t operate a dress code, so dress comfortably as per your own liking

Is The Royal Welsh Regimental Museum Dog-Friendly?

Dogs are not permitted at The Royal Welsh Regimental Museum unless they are assistance dogs

Is There WiFi At The Royal Welsh Regimental Museum?

WiFi is available at The Royal Welsh Regimental Museum

The Royal Welsh Regimental Museum: An Unrivalled Collection

The Royal Welsh Regimental Museum boasts one of the finest collections of weapons and medals in the UK and is a firm favourite with guests staying at the Gliffaes Country House Hotel. Accessible within 20 minutes by car, it is a wonderful way to spend some time learning about the history of the Royal Welsh regiment.

The Royal Welsh Regimental Museum: A Brief History

The South Wales Borderers Museum opened its doors in 1935 and its name remained for the first 70 years. When the Royal Welsh infantry regiment was formed in 2006, the name was changed to The Royal Welsh Regimental Museum.

The museum celebrates the history of the British Army’s most famous Welsh regiments of the last 300 years. The stories of the Royal Regiment of Wales, the Royal Welch Fusiliers, the Welch Regiment, the Monmouthshire Regiment and The South Wales Borderers (from where the museum took its original name) are all told here.

The Royal Welsh Regimental Museum Collections

The Royal Welsh Regimental Museum houses multiple collections, including weapons, medals, uniforms and models. There is also a fascinating, in-depth focus on the Anglo-Zulu War.

The Anglo-Zulu War Collection

The Anglo-Zulu War began in January 1879, beginning with an invasion of Zululand that wasn’t authorised by the British government.

The war consisted of several pivotal battles, all of which are described in detail at the museum. The Battle of Rorke’s Drift occurred early in the conflict, when approximately 4,000 Zulu warriors laid siege on just 150 British troops. Astonishingly, the British emerged victorious, with several honours being awarded as a result.

Following months of clashes, the Battle of Ulundi proved decisive. On July 4th 1879, a Zulu force of approximately 15,000 was defeated, bringing a conclusion to the Anglo-Zulu War.

Medals Collection

The collection of medals at the Royal Welsh Regimental Museum is extensive and somewhat humbling. More than 3,000 medals are on display (stretching from wall to wall), 16 of which are replicas of the most prestigious of all awards – the Victoria Cross (VC).

During the Anglo-Zulu War, the 24th Regiment of Foot was awarded 11 VCs, with soldiers involved in the Battle of Rorke’s Drift receiving 6 of these awards for their bravery and courage.

The Royal Welsh Regimental Museum Experiences

While a lot of the artefacts are displayed but not touched, the younger visitors to the Royal Welsh Regimental Museum are encouraged to don replica clothing that soldiers would have worn during various conflicts and role play different versions of events.

There is also an opportunity to experience a very realistic bombing in the Anderson Shelter, typical of how it may have been during WW2.

The Royal Welsh Regimental Museum Shop

Memorabilia sold by the Royal Welsh Regimental Museum is available at the gift shop or via the online store. A range of medallions, necklaces, pin badges and much more is available, with sales of the items going some way to helping support the museum for the enjoyment of future generations.

The Royal Welsh Regimental Museum Education

The Royal Welsh Regimental Museum offers a range of workshops that are delivered in line with the National Curriculum. Each workshop can be adapted to suit the individual requirements of each school, delivered by the museum’s Education Officer, who is a qualified teacher.

Alternatively, the Royal Welsh Regimental Museum also offers the workshops online, via Microsoft Teams. Especially during the covid pandemic, the online workshops have proved to be extremely popular.

Never Forget Your Welsh Heroes

Never Forget Your Welsh Heroes is a campaign by the Friends of the Royal Welsh Regimental Museum to collect as many letter and diaries from soldiers who served in Welsh regiments. The aim is to create a digital collection of stories from members of the British Armed Forces, that can be freely accessed online by anyone who is interested in learning more about the sacrifices made by these brave men and women.

To date, more than 500 letters and diaries have been uploaded, and it is incredibly humbling to read the entries from these people who fought so bravely for our freedom and democracy.

The Royal Welsh Regimental Museum Soldier Search

The Royal Welsh Regimental Soldier Search is a service provided by the museum that allows friends, family and relatives to search for soldiers that served in the 24th Regiment, 41st Regiment, 69th Regiment, South Wales Borderers, Welsh Regiment, Welch Regiment, Monmouthshire Regiment and Royal Regiment of Wales, prior to 1920.

For a fee of £35.00, the museum will conduct a search on your behalf and send their findings to you via post. They will also provide guidance on where to start your search if the person in question didn’t serve in the above listed regiments.

The Royal Welsh Regimental Museum Fun Facts

  1. Soldiers of the Royal Welsh Regiments have been awarded 16 VCs
  2. During the Battle of Rorke’s Drift, 150 British and colonial troops defended their station against approximately 4,000 Zulu warriors
  3. The VCs on display at the Royal Welsh Regimental Museum are replicas, as the original medals are deemed too valuable

How To Find The Royal Welsh Regimental Museum

The Royal Welsh Regimental Museum is approximately 20 minutes drive from Gliffaes Country House Hotel.

When leaving the hotel, head east for around 500m before turning sharp left and continuing for approximately 1.5 miles.

Turn right and proceed for 500m before taking a sharp left turn onto the A40. Continue for approximately 8 miles until you reach Brynich Roundabout, then take the 2nd exit onto the B4601.

Continue for just over a mile before turning right onto Borderers Way, then The Royal Welsh Regimental Museum will be on your right.

Other Attractions Near The Royal Welsh Regimental Museum

Just 35 minutes drive from the Royal Welsh Regimental Museum, the Red Kite Feeding Station is a wonderful experience for anyone with a keen interest in the bird life within Wales.

Approximately 25 miles from the Royal Welsh Regimental Museum is the Big Pit National Coal Museum. This is a really interesting experience that explores the history of the coal industry in Blaenavon and tells the story of the miners who worked there.

Near to the Big Pit National Coal Museum is Blaenavon Ironworks. With these two attractions being situated so close together, it is extremely convenient to visit both in the same day.

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