Brecon – a guide for visiting the home of the Beacons


The elephant in the room is that a visit to the town of Brecon is almost always centered around a trip to the Brecon Beacons. But we wanted to remind people that although the Beacons are incredible, there are plenty of others things to see and do in the town. We also previously wrote about the nearby Crickhowell which is an excellent place to visit. Let's get into the guide:

Brecon Cathedral

Regarded as one of the most beautiful buildings in Wales, Brecon Cathedral is absolutely worth a trip to see. It is a rare treat in that the interior of the building matches the beauty of the exterior. Based within the only walled cathedral close in the country, it was founded as a Benedictine priory, it became the parish church of Brecon in the early 16th century. It's the roof which often leaves people most impressed, but we personally really like all of the unexpected information about the South Wales Borderers who fought during the Zulu war. It's only a short walk from the town centre and is well worth your time, learn more here -


The Royal Welsh Regimental Museum

This museum tells the story of some of the most important and famous regiments in British military history, including The Royal Welch Fusiliers and the South Wales Borderers. Their story is told via the many artefacts found here including uniforms, medals, weapons, and models - in fact, the museum contains more than 33,000 objects. There are 5 galleries to explore, with the area dedicated to the Anglo-Zulu War being our particular favourite. Definitely visit this museum during your time in Brecon, learn more here -

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Brecon Beacons

We've got a whole section about this national park within our national park guide, but it goes without saying that if you're visiting Brecon then you should absolutely visit the Brecon Beacons. This national park is particularly popular with mountain bikers, but also has more than 2000 miles of public footpaths to explore if you're a fan of walking. We've outlined a few specific areas of the park which we think are especially worth your time below, but overall there is so much to see here that you should definitely visit during your time in Brecon. Learn more here -


Talybont Reservoir

This enormous reservoir is 318 acres in size and the views across the water are stunning. There is a shore area which can be explored and you can walk across the aqueduct. It's such a peaceful location and although it is just still water, you could spend hours here unwinding. There is a circular cycling and walking route you can follow right around the reservoir which we highly recommend you follow.


Maen Lila

This is just a stone, right? Well, yes. But we think it's a special stone which is well worth a look during your time in the Brecon Beacons National Park. Dating back to the Bronze Age, the stone has stood for thousands of years and is an important neolithic site. There is even some graffiti which is believed to date back the time when the stone was originally stood. If you head North along Sarn Helen (an old Roman road) you'll eventually see the stone on your right.


Y Gaer Museum, Art Gallery & Library

We love y Gaer because you get to enjoy 3 things during your visit - the museum, the art gallery and the library. Brecknock Museum & Art Gallery is generally considered to be one of the best galleries in Wales, with an impressive collection of special displays and collections. The Victorian court room in the building is a highlight. We definitely recommend a visit, learn more here -


If you enjoyed this guide, please check out our other guides about Welsh locations including Bwlch Nant yr Arian Forest.

Finn is the editor of You Well and has been writing about travel, health, and more for over 10 years.

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