Brecon is a bustling market town right at the top edge of the glorious Brecon Beacons National Park. It's known for the famous Brecon Jazz Festival, independent shops and cafés, history, military connections and of course, the magnificent cathedral. Brecon is the perfect base for exploring the national park, watersports and fishing in the local rivers, canal and lakes, plus cycling and mountain biking. Punch Maughan, Brecon Beacons Tourism Ambassador, takes us on a brief tour of the town.
The Regimental Museum of The Royal Welsh
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 The Regimental Museum of The Royal Welsh 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.
Brecon Cathedral and Close
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
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 The Waterfront to enjoy some delicious food at a table overlooking the water.
Walks in Brecon
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.
Gate Gallery & Glassworks
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 selected to design a range for Heals in London as part of their 2012 autumn/winter Collection called 'Elements'.
Visit the Gate Gallery & Glassworks website to find out more.