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EXPLORE THE BRECON BEACONS NATIONAL PARK

Fresh air, wide open spaces, a wonderful atmosphere and so much to entertain you, whatever the weather – welcome to the Brecon Beacons National Park.

In the Brecon Beacons, we are living in collaboration with nature. It puts life into perspective. Come visit us, and you will see what we are talking about!

The National Park is made up of some of the best walking countryside in Europe. However, there is much more to the Brecon Beacons than that.

You are invited to find out about our industrial history and rural culture by visiting the lively museums, market towns and canal side communities. Unwind next to the lakes and waterfalls, or experience our crags and caves. Or create your own special adventure by boat, bike or on horseback.

There is quite a bit to enjoy after dark, too, including dazzling festivals, packed with traditional Welsh flavour, to our famously clear, starry skies.

views of the brecon beacons national park

PLACES TO VISIT IN THE BRECON BEACONS NATIONAL PARK

People have lived and worked in the Brecon Beacons for nearly 8000 years. With each passing century, different communities have left their mark on the landscape. Together, our monuments, settlements, churches, castles, canals, industrial sites and museums speak of times gone by.

Today, the story continues. Our hills, lakes, caves, forests and waterfalls are fascinating to explore, and there’s much to discover in our characterful towns and villages. Why not dive in?

Here are just a few places to consider:

CASTLES IN THE BRECON BEACONS NATIONAL PARK

Wales is home to some of Europe's finest surviving medieval castles. Here in the Brecon Beacons, we have our fair share.

Perhaps the most dreamy and dramatic of all are the weathered remains of Carreg Cennen Castle, perched high up on a limestone crag.

brecon beacons castles

Carreg Castle On the Hill

As our National Park is situated close to the border between Wales and England, many a territorial struggle has taken place on our doorstep. Magnificent ruins such as those at Brecon, Crickhowell, Llandovery and Tretower bear witness to a turbulent past, while grand mansions such as Cyfarthfa Castle, Newton House at Dinefwr and Tretower Court remind us that castles were once mighty symbols of power and wealth.

Most of our ruins stand in parkland that's open to the public, while our more intact castles and mansions are cared for by Cadw and the National Trust. They all make exciting and inspiring days out.

Check out these castles (if you have time) during your visit:

http://www.breconbeacons.org/abergavenny-castle

http://www.breconbeacons.org/blaen-llynfi-castle

http://www.breconbeacons.org/brecon-castle

http://www.breconbeacons.org/bronllys-castle

http://www.breconbeacons.org/carreg-cennen-castle

http://www.breconbeacons.org/crickhowell-castle

and more here - http://www.breconbeacons.org/castles

WATERFALLS

brecon beacons waterfalls

Sgwd yr Eira Waterfall

There are many legends surrounding the waterfalls and rapids in the National Park. Brimming with life, they add an exciting, picturesque and romantic ambience to the surrounding woodlands and hillsides.

One significant area of the Park, at the top end of the Vale of Neath, has so many wonderful waterfalls it has the name of “Waterfall Country”. A lot of these beautiful areas are easily accessible on foot, but you have to be prepared to walk through beautiful woods to get to them.

Whatever your preference to reach them, be sure to follow the Countryside Code and help to preserve the area effectively.

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