Things to see and do in Brecon Beacons, Mid Wales

Mid Wales and the Brecon Beacons features incredible natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage. It's a destination for all seasons, with National Trails, festivals and pretty spa and market towns.

  • The Brecon Beacons is bidding to become an International Dark Sky Reserve (IDR), which is not only good news for many nocturnal animals like barn owls and bats - it also allows visitors to experience the kind of night sky views that are normally reserved for sci-fi movies. The National Park Visitor Centre is just one of a host of Dark Sky venues to look out for.

  • Red Kite (in flight)

    Red Kite in flight, Brecon Beacons

    The red kite was designated the Official Bird of Wales in 2000, and until very recently was on the brink of extinction. Now it is in the ascendance - a visit to the Gigrin Red Kite Feeding Centre offers a rare and precious chance to view this beautiful bird in its natural habitat.

  • Since The Tabernacle opened in 1986 the Trust has built up a permanent collection of works by artists from 1900 onwards, with the emphasis on artists living or working in Wales. The Trust’s policy has been to acquire works from exhibitions in MOMA Machynlleth. Currently there are over 200 works in the collection. Don’t leave without trying the ginger & pear cake from Café Glas.

  • Hay Festival
    Hay Festival, Powys, Mid Wales

    An unmissable event for tens of thousands of people, this annual literary and arts festival sees writers, poets, politicians, comedians and the great and good converge on Hay-on-Wye for ten days from May to June. Join the 85,000 others to see what all the fuss is about. And while we’re on the subject of festivals - of which Wales is host to many - the Brecon Jazz Festival (August in Brecon) and the Green Man (August, in Glanusk) are two that music lovers won’t want to miss either.

  • A person bogsnorkelling in the water

    World Bogsnorkelling Championships, Llanwrtyd Wells, Mid Wales 

    A world of weird and wonderful outdoor activities awaits in and around Llanwrtyd Wells, the smallest town in Britain. Come and have a go at the World Bog Snorkelling Championships (you can even take part on your bike), the Real Ale Ramble, the Man v Horse Marathon… or any of the thirteen (and counting) unusual events hosted in the area.

  • Dan-Yr_Ogof Caves
    Dan yr Ogof Caves, Brecon Beacons

    Also known as Dan yr Ogof  (below the cave in Welsh) is a 17 kilometre (11 mile) long cave system within the Brecon Beacons National Park. As one of the major tourist attractions in Wales, a visit here should be on your must-do list.

  • Henrhyd waterfall
    Sgwd Henrhyd / Henrhyd Waterfall, Brecon Beacons

    Waterfalls are magnificent in their own right. They’re extra special when you can walk behind them, feel their raw power and hear them roar. The sandstone of the Brecon Beacons have been carved by the Mellte River to create networks of caves and gorges. Sgwd Yr Eira (Fall Of Snow) is the most popular of the lot.

  • Elan Valley reservoir

    Elan Valley Reservoir, Powys, Mid Wales

    The string of dams and reservoirs were built to provide water for the people of Birmingham, across the Welsh border in England. A designated area Of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs), the estate is also one of the most picturesque and peaceful areas of Wales. It’s now a haven for wildlife and also features an excellent cycle trail, suitable for all the family. 

  • Family at Llangorse
    Llangorse Multi Activity Centre, Powys, Mid Wales

    Llangorse has been an all-action destination for over 50 years, with regular innovations and additions to its list of attractions. Among them is Llangorse Multi Activity Centre where you can go horse riding in the Brecon Beacons, try the Sky Trek Experience aerial zip wire and high rope challenges, as well as a variety of indoor climbing facilities for all ages and expertise. 

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  • Penderyn Whisky

    Penderyn Whisky Distillery, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Brecon

    The distillery in the rural village of the Rhondda Valley is the first Welsh whisky producer since the 19th century and has won innumerable awards for its less-is-more approach to producing quality single malts. The visitors centre has tours, tasting sessions and masterclasses, as well as an exhibition of whisky-making in Wales.

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