Dan-yr-Ogof and the National Showcaves Centre for Wales
This is one of the most popular place to visit in the Brecon Beacons National Park. It’s one of the most significant natural networks of subterranean passages and caverns in Britain. It attracts experienced cavers as well as beginners, and has been used as a location for Doctor Who (BBC). Loads to do for adults and children. An excellent day out. Look out for the 200 life size Dinosaurs!
Llangorse Multi-Activity Centre
Huge indoor climbing centre, zip slides, horse riding, play areas and much more.
Brecon Mountain Railway
For a dose of pure nostalgia, Wales’ vintage railways are pretty hard to beat. Jump aboard a lovingly restored narrow gauge steam train at Pant Station just north of Merthyr Tydfil, and relax as it puffs and chuffs away alongside the Pontsticill Reservoir – a short but delightful trip.
The largest natural lake in South Wales is a fine spot for sailing, wildlife-watching and waterside strolls with shimmering views. There’s local history to explore, too at the Crannog near the northwest shore. Over 1000 years ago, this was the homestead of a local king.
Carreg Cennen Castle
There’s such an air of romance to Carreg Cennen that many an artist has been inspired to capture it on canvas or on film. Among them are JMW Turner, whose moody sketches of this splendid ruin are now in the Tate Gallery. The castle perches on a hilltop in the west of the National Park.
Pen y Fan Mountain
Pen y Fan is the one that everyone wants to conquer. It’s our highest peak, a wonderful climb and one of the most beautiful places to visit. Once you’ve ticked that one off, there are plenty of quiet, lesser-known hill routes to enjoy. Some are tough enough to give you a workout, while others are so easy you can bring the pushchair.
What could be more charming than the sound of a waterfall tumbling into a clear woodland pool? The geological make-up of the Brecon Beacons National Park makes it an excellent place for waterfalls. Our cascades are a delight to walkers, photographers, botanists and wildlife-watchers alike.
Stargazing in our Dark Sky Reserve
Very few communities are so committed to eliminating light pollution that they have been granted International Dark Sky Reserve status. The Brecon Beacons National Park was the fifth in the world. On a clear, moonless night, you can gaze in awe at the magnitude of the Milky Way in pitch black surroundings.
Llanthony Valley is a place of magical beauty, history and spirituality in the Black Mountains to the north of Abergavenny. In the valley you’ll find the atmospheric ruins of the 12th century Llanthony Priory and, at Capel-y-Ffin, a 19th century monastery, part of which was once the sculptor Eric Gill’s home.
The cottage is the ultimate base camp for an adventure in the Brecon Beacons National Park as well as being a truly peaceful retreat.