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This handsome market town on the northern edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park has enough old architecture – including rows of regal-looking Georgian buildings and the crumbly remains of a Norman castle – to appease even the most avid historian. Its lively market town centre brimming with hearty pubs, friendly restaurants and down-to-earth cafés offers a place to soothe aching limbs after a day spent exploring the windswept hills, glassy lakes and grassy river-crossed wilds of the National Park.

Things to see

You can’t visit Brecon without discovering the stunning natural beauty of the surrounding wilderness. Nestled just inside the National Park, the town’s a perfect base if you fancy hiking, pony trekking or cycling along the trails of the central Brecon Beacons – an area of grassy flat-topped hills including the highest peak of Pen y Fan. For those needing something more sedate it’s easy to take a drive through the park. A good stopping point is the National Park Visitor Centre where you can read about the area’s history, take some landscape shots from the picnic area, and find refreshment in the well-stocked tea rooms. Narrow boat fans shouldn’t miss the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal, where you can take a cruise or stroll along this once industrial – now sedate – stretch of waterway. If you’re a book lover, stop off at Hay-on-Wye to browse the town’s renowned second hand stores.

Hotels in Brecon

With just a handful of hotels, most of the town’s accommodation comes in the form of 3 or 4-star rated guesthouses and B&Bs. Prices and amenities vary from place to place, with most offering full English breakfast, WiFi and en-suite bedrooms. If you fancy splashing out, a boutique guesthouse delivers something extra special, as high quality linens, luxury fittings and locally-sourced breakfast ingredients come as standard. For a cheap Brecon hotel head to a bunkhouse, where dorm rooms offer bargain rates and back to basics accommodation. If you fancy an adventure try a room on a narrow boat guesthouse.

Where to stay

Brecon’s location inside the National Park means it’s so easy to pop on your hiking boots, stroll through town and out onto the trails and way-signed footpaths of the Beacons. The town itself is average sized so you should never be much of a walk from the town centre restaurants, shops and cafés. If you fancy some peace and quiet to enjoy the countryside you could try a rural guesthouse, while nearby villages have a true sense of community – perfect for those wanting seclusion with the benefit of a few amenities like a local pub.

How to get to Brecon

Don’t worry about leaving the car behind on a trip to Brecon; it’ll save you some money and it’s green too. Public buses run regularly from Cardiff and Swansea – both journeys taking approximately 1.5 hours – where main-line trains arrive from all over the UK. Once in Brecon transport isn’t needed unless you want to explore further afield in the National Park, in which case you have a choice of buses heading out from the town. Way-marked trails crisscross the whole of the park, so it’s easy to wander out of town and into the wilds.