Brecon is a bustling market town right at the top edge of the glorious Bannau Brycheiniog (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, Bannau Brycheiniog (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 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.

The Regimental Museum of the Royal Welsh, Brecon from the outside.
castle and river.
A street view of Brecon town.

The Regimental Museum of The Royal Welsh, Brecon Castle and Brecon town, Mid Wales

Brecon Cathedral and Close

Along with the awe-inspiring architecture of Brecon Cathedral itself, don’t miss the heritage centre: an interpretative exhibition 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.

cathedral with reflection of tree.

Brecon Cathedral, Mid Wales

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.

A canal basin with a large brick building.

Brecon canal basin and Theatr Brycheiniog, Mid Wales

Walks in Brecon

Explore the wooded path along the River Honddu where the Wildlife Trust has provided wildlife information boards. Amble along the flat canalside path to Brynich Lock, or saunter along the Promenade for some peace and quiet. Take a history trail that takes in all of the town’s wonderful Georgian architecture - there are loads of places to explore around Brecon!

small stone bridge over a river and houses.

The canal towpath in Brecon, Mid Wales

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.

A man on a bike outside the exterior shot of Gate Gallery and Glassworks.

Gate Gallery & Glassworks, Brecon, Mid Wales

Further information

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View from a narrowboat approaching a bridge.

Views along the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal, Bannau Brycheiniog (Brecon Beacons) National Park, Mid Wales

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