Top things to do in Brecon

Glassblowers, museums, a cathedral – plus there’s all that countryside stuff to tramp about in. Punch Maughan, Brecon Beacons Tourism Ambassador, takes us on a tour through the best bits of Brecon.

  • Outside of the Regimental Museum - Royal Welsh
    Regimental Museum - The Royal Welsh, Brecon by Brecon Beacons Tourism

    The exploits of the 24th Regiment during the 1879 Anglo-Zulu War are legendary.
    Queen Victoria referred to her regiment as 'The Noble 24th', while Stanley Baker developed worldwide interest in them with his movie Zulu. On display at the museum is one of the finest collections of military artifacts that tell the story of this historic regiment. The focal point of the museum is the not-to-be-missed Zulu War Room.

  • Inside and altar of Brecon Cathedral
    Brecon Cathedral by Paula J James

    Along with the awe-inspiring architecture of Brecon Cathedral itself, don’t miss the heritage centre: an interpretative exhibition, restaurant and shop in an atmospheric 17th Century former tithe barn. The exhibition centre makes use of the latest technology in telling the story of Brecon Priory from its 1093AD beginnings to its present use, and really makes history come alive.

  • Brecon Canal Basin

    Theatr Brynceiniog on the Brecon Canal Basin
    Theatr Brynceiniog, Brecon
    With the iconic Theatr Brycheiniog alongside, the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal basin offers heaps to do. Acknowledged as one of the most beautiful canals of the South Wales network, you could explore the towpath on foot or hired bike or potter about in a boat. Then head to Tipple ‘N’ Tiffin to enjoy some delicious food at a table overlooking the water.
  • Shoppers in Brecon town centre
    Brecon, Mid Wales

    Pick up a leaflet from Brecon tourist information centre and stroll the historic town - birthplace of Sarah Siddons and Anne Boleyn’s family. Explore the wooded path along the River Honddu where the Wildlife Trust has provided wildlife information boards.
    Or take a history trail that takes in all of the town’s wonderful Georgian architecture.

  • The Gate Gallery and Glassworks
    The Gate Gallery, Brecon by The Gate Gallery

    Admire and buy Kathryn Roberts’ bespoke glassware creations in her workshop gallery and if you fancy it, book a session to see her working at her furnace. The gallery is right on the edge of the Usk at Watergate Bridge and Kathryn was recently selected to design a range for Heals in London as part of their 2012 autumn/winter Collection called 'Elements'.

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