Your best Brecon Beacons experience in six steps

Coffee in the cathedral grounds, relaxing by the canal and stepping back into cinematic history – Angela and Paul Corbett of MyPostcardFrom share six ways to spend a perfect day in Brecon.

  • When preparing to explore Brecon, what better way to start the day than a healthy portion of Welsh rarebit cooked to perfection? Coach House owners Marc and Tony are on hand to provide such a treat. Made with local beer, Y Fenni cheese and whole grain mustard, it’s hard not to finish every last bit. If you need time to savour the breakfast then the garden to the rear is a great place to put your feet up and relax. 

  • Brecon Cathedral, Mid Wales

    Brecon Cathedral, Mid Wales

     by Darren Turner

    Built in the style of the adjacent 15th century tithe barn, Pilgrims Tearooms makes a welcome rest point from the short uphill walk from the centre of Brecon. Open from 8.30am during the summer, time it right and you can pick a spot in the herb garden outside and watch the world go by.

  • Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal, Mid Wales

    Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal, Mid Wales

     by Paula J James

    For such a small area, the canal basin in Brecon certainly offers a lot. Hire a boat from Beacon Park Day Boats and become the captain for the day, half day or even just the hour. If that’s too much pressure, Dragonfly Cruises will take you on a 2 ½ hour round trip along the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal. Round off your time around the basin with lunch at the Tipple ‘n’ Tiffin overlooking the canal.

  • Ice cream choices at Llanfaes Dairy, Brecon Beacons

    Ice cream choices at Llanfaes Dairy, Brecon Beacons

     by Llanfaes Dairy

    When the summer sun makes an appearance in South Wales, the queue for Llanfaes dairy ice cream parlour can run out the door and down the street. But with over 40 flavours to choose from, picking just one can be quite tricky. We opted for a hazelnut and the chocolate orange varieties; which were delicious and made us want more. There is seating inside but on a hot day it’s worth walking along the promenade beside the nearby River Usk.

  • The Bridge Cafe, Brecon Beacons

    The Bridge Cafe, Brecon Beacons

     by Bridge Cafe

    With oak flooring and fireside sofas, you’d be mistaken for thinking you’d stumbled into the home of a Brecon resident. Yet the homeliness and warm welcome of owners Jon and Carole make this a great location for dinner. For starters, try the home-cooked locally sourced Beetroot caviar and Dragon Sausage salad and for mains; how about Welsh lamb koftas on a bed of taboulleh? Book ahead as it can prove quite popular.

  • Coliseum Cinema, Brecon Beacons

    Coliseum Cinema, Brecon Beacons

     by Cold War Warrior

    With modern day multiplexes dominating retail parks, it’s rare to discover a traditional cinema. The Coliseum Cinema is one of these unusual occurrences. Located in the centre of the town, the cinema shows the latest releases on its two screens. Sinking into a luxury Italian armchair and being filled with anticipation as the full-length curtain slides to each side adds an extra touch of lux to a night at the movies.

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