The Brecon Beacons National Park - Croeso i'r Bannau Brycheiniog!
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The Cathedral and its attendant buildings, formerly a Benedictine Priory under the control of Battle Abbey in Sussex, are amongst the most important architecturally in Wales.
Brecon Cathedral has been the site of Christian worship for more than a thousand years, dating from the days of the Norman conquest.
In 1093 a Benedictine Priory linked to Battle Abbey was established here and continued in existence until the dissolution of the monastries in 1537.
The building then served the community as a Parish Church, and in 1923 became the Cathedral Church of the newly founded Diocese of Swansea & Brecon.
Wales' top award-winning visitor attraction the National Showcaves Centre for Wales, is the most breathtaking Showcaves complex in Northern Europe. Every year tens of thousands of visitors step back in time, as they walk within the limestone rocks, and deep into the subterranean world.
Above ground there is plenty to see and do - come face to face with some of the largest animals ever to walk the Earth in our Dinosaur Park, one of the biggest collections of life-sized dinosaur models in the world! Witness how our ancestors lived during the Iron Age, and enjoy the company of our friendly giants the Shire Horses. Down on the farm, children will have a great time in the covered play areas should there be any excess energy waiting to be used up before the journey home!
One ticket gets you into 10 attractions:
Mr Morgan's Farmyard
Iron Age Village
Shire Horse Centre
Barney Owl's Play Area
The Millennium Stone Circle
At Big Pit: National Coal Museum you can take an authentic underground tour of a real coal mine. Winner of the 2005 Gulbenkian Prize for Museum of the Year and named by the Times as the UK's best interactive museum, the Museum has a wide range of experiences to captivate the whole family.
Travel in one of our all-weather observation coaches behind a vintage steam locomotive through beautiful scenery into the Brecon Beacons National Park along the full length of the Taf Fechan Reservoir to Dol-y-Gaer on one of the most popular Railways in Wales.
We have a new childrens play area at Pontsticill which is proving very popular with our young visitors.
This is a very good spot to relax and enjoy the view across the Reservoir, whilst the children play safely. There are picnic tables here also.
Welcome to the Play Barn! - an award winning indoor play centre, offering adventure, exercise, exploration and excitement for children in a clean, safe, stimulating environment.
Welcome to Cantref Adventure Farm!
A fun packed day out for the whole family! Come and meet the farm animals in our live shows every half an hour and get involved in our family swamp ride! We have lots of play facilities such as the Indoor Playzone and pedal tractors!
We offer a wide range of activities from the play zone and the mega sledge ride, to birthday parties and school visits.
Out of the summer season we are open at weekends from 10.30am - 5.30pm and open in December with a special Christmas Grotto (please check website for prices and opening hours)
The charming old market town of Brecon is regarded as one of the most historic locations in Wales. It is situated at the confluence of the rivers Usk & Honddu, the latter providing the town's Welsh name 'Aberhonddu'.
Boasting a cathedral, theatre, cinema, castle ruins, stunning Georgian architecture as well as a canal basin, Brecon is a great choice for an extended visit!
Discover The Artbeat Trail - pick up a map from the Tourist Information Centre to discover all the art shops and galleries of the town.
The Ironmaster William Crawshay commissioned Cyfarthfa Castle in 1824. This grand castellated mansion overlooked his immensely successful ironworks and has been called the most impressive monument of the Industrial Iron Age in South Wales.
Newton House has recently been renovated and features some rooms dressed in 1912 style whilst others are exhibition rooms.
The exhibition on the first floor of Newton House tells the story of the history and landscape of Dinefwr.
We have mouth watering tea rooms and a National Trust gift shop on site.
Largely the creation of the more peaceful Middle Ages, Raglan brings to a close the great castle-building chapter in Welsh history and is as much a statement of wealth and social aspiration as of military power. It was begun in 1435 by the influential Sir William ap Thomas, who raised the mighty Great Tower. His son William Herbert continued the grand work in the same lavish vein, creating a sumptuous, richly embellished palace with formal state apartments and the Great Gate. Yet handsome Raglan was no pushover, for it endured one of the longest sieges of the Civil War.
Carreg Cennen Castle
Drop dead gorgeous and also very clever. A killer combination. Attackers scaling the steep cliffs might as well have signed their own death warrants. The chances of returning alive were slim.
Penderyn Distillery opened its doors to visitors in June 2008 with the launch of its new visitors facilities. The distillery is the only one in Wales and the first to legally distil a whisky spirit in the country for more than 100 years. This is the first time that members of the public will be able to visit the distillery and experience the distilling and bottling process.
In our Visitor Centre you can:
See an exhibition of the history of whisky making in Wales including the last genuine Welsh Whisky from Frongoch, near Bala N.Wales
View the distillation process at Penderyn that was designed by Dr David Faraday, a descendant of famous physicist Sir Michael Faraday
Have an opportunity to understand the use of water and wood in making whisky
View of the bottling line and bottling process
Relax in the tasting room and sample the spirits
Visit our retail shop for purchase of Penderyn Spirits and merchandise.
Crickhowell nestles in the beautiful Usk Valley. This thriving Market Town, which has a unique charm, offers an interesting variety of shops, places to eat, drink and stay with attractions for all the family.Whilst there are countless opportunities for the active, everyone can enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery and river valleys. This wonderful corner of Wales is easily accessible being less than an hour from the Severn Bridge with rail access in nearby Abergavenny.
A centre of local excellence supporting over 80 Welsh artists.
Open 7 days a week with a different exhibition every 6 weeks.
A signal-box bird hide, diesel locomotive and nineteenth century carriages are interesting features of our site.
* Woodturner working * Refreshments available * River side walks * Picnic site
Beacons Bus is ideal for a car-free day out in the Brecon Beacons National Park on Summer Sundays and Bank Holidays from late May to early October. The various buses leave Brecon Interchange at 11am on a Sunday or bank holiday.
If you are travelling from outside Brecon buses run from major surrounding towns and cities to bring you into Brecon in the morning, arriving at around 11am. You can then choose from a number of routes to visit different areas in the Park, or spend the day in Brecon and then catch your bus back home at 5.30pm.
The full Timetable can be picked up from the Tourist Information Centre!
The Monmouthshire and Brecon canal hugs the mountainside above the valley of the River Usk. This is one of the most scenic canal routes in Britain. It runs for a total of 32 miles (51.5 km) through idyllic scenery in the National Park between Brecon and Pontypool. Through the four seasons there a fine views and an abundance of wildlife to be seen.
The full length of the canal towpath is a public footpath. During its passage through the National Park it features six locks and several public houses are to be found adjacent to the canal enroute. 200 Years of History - Travel on this historical waterway, a fantastic feat of engineering, built before roads and railways.
A dedicated follower of fashion
For over 900 years Tretower Court and Castle have been altered, adjusted and adapted. Much of this was done to keep up with style, fashion and the tastes of the time.
Come and visit us to discover more about the history behind the village of Myddfai, a tranqil, peaceful haven, surrounded by the outstanding natural beauty of the Brecon Beacons.
Built in the 1820's for the workers of the Cyfarthfa Ironworks, the cottage was the birthplace in 1841 of Joseph Parry, Wales best known composer.
His much loved 'Myfanwy' is still a favourite of Welsh Male Voice Choirs to this day.
Rhondda Heritage Park is a living testament to the mining communities of the world famous Rhondda Valleys. The Park offers a fascinating insight into the rich culture and character of the South Wales Valleys in a unique and entertaining educational environment for all ages.
With its stunning views of the Lower Rhondda Valley, Level One Cafe & Gallery is the must visit place to relax over coffee and meet friends for lunch.
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