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Brecon Beacons National Park

Monmouthshire is the gateway to the Brecon Beacons National Park, winner of the Best Destination in Wales award in 2018. Making up around a fifth of Monmouthshire's total area, the Brecon Beacons contain Monmouthshire's most rugged terrain. There's plenty of ways to enjoy the Brecon Beacons here, from visiting the foodie market town of Abergavenny or discovering the ruins of Llanthony Priory, to relaxing on a narrowboat on the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal or scaling the heights of the Black Mountains.

The Brecon Beacons National Park became the country's first International Dark Sky Reserve in 2012, and there are dozens of places around the National Park, including designated Dark Sky Discovery Sites in Monmouthshire, where you can stop off and experience spectacularly clear night skies.

Visit Abergavenny

Discover the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal

Events in the Brecon Beacons National Park

Abergavenny Antique, Vintage & Flea Market

Wed 4 Aug 2021

Abergavenny Antique, Vintage & Flea Market comes around every WEDNESDAY 8 til 4.

Abergavenny Antique, Vintage & Flea Market

Wed 11 Aug 2021

Abergavenny Antique, Vintage & Flea Market comes around every WEDNESDAY 8 til 4.

The Great Gatsby

Wed 11 Aug 2021

Join Heartbreak Productions and the Nick Carraway quartet for an evening of jazz, prohibition style. Suitable for ages 9+ Running Time 1 hour 50 minutes including interval

Abergavenny Craft Fair

Sat 14 Aug 2021

Abergavenny Craft Fair is on the second Saturday of every month. There's always loads of hand made gifts from jewellery, cards, knitting, wood sculptures, glass work and artwork. Plus we have general stalls as well.

Pride and Prejudice

Sat 14 Aug 2021

Join The Pantaloons this summer for this delightfully innovative and hilarious new open-air adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Suitable for ages 9+

MonLife Family Day

Tue 17 Aug 2021

Join us for FREE for a great family day out and take part in the following activities: Clay play Badge making Natural art collage Orienteering Have a go Climbing Wall

Abergavenny Antique, Vintage & Flea Market

Wed 18 Aug 2021

Abergavenny Antique, Vintage & Flea Market comes around every WEDNESDAY 8 til 4.

Green Man Festival

Thu 19 - Sun 22 Aug 2021

Once a tiny folk event attended by just a few hundred people, Green Man has grown to be one of the can’t-miss fixtures of the summer festival season.

Mr Stink

Sun 22 Aug 2021

Join Heartbreak Productions for David Walliams’ best-seller Mr Stink on the outdoor stage. Age 7+ Running Time 2 hours including interval

Abergavenny Antique, Vintage & Flea Market

Wed 25 Aug 2021

Abergavenny Antique, Vintage & Flea Market comes around every WEDNESDAY 8 til 4.

Abergavenny Artisan Farmers Market

Thu 26 Aug 2021

Abergavenny Farmers Market takes place on the 4th Thursday of every month from 9-12pm. This vibrant market offers the good quality produce from local producers.

Wenallt Isaf Open Garden

Sun 29 Aug 2021

An everchanging garden of nearly 3 acres designed in sympathy with its surroundings and the challenges of being 650ft up on a N facing hillside.

Abergavenny Antique, Vintage & Flea Market

Wed 1 Sep 2021

Abergavenny Antique, Vintage & Flea Market comes around every WEDNESDAY 8 til 4.

Abergavenny Antique, Vintage & Flea Market

Wed 8 Sep 2021

Abergavenny Antique, Vintage & Flea Market comes around every WEDNESDAY 8 til 4.

Abergavenny Craft Fair

Sat 11 Sep 2021

Abergavenny Craft Fair is on the second Saturday of every month. There's always loads of hand made gifts from jewellery, cards, knitting, wood sculptures, glass work and artwork. Plus we have general stalls as well.

Abergavenny Antique, Vintage & Flea Market

Wed 15 Sep 2021

Abergavenny Antique, Vintage & Flea Market comes around every WEDNESDAY 8 til 4.

Abergavenny Food Festival 2021

Sat 18 - Sun 19 Sep 2021

It’s official. Abergavenny Food Festival 2021 is happening. Get the weekend of 18 & 19 September firmly in your calendar. It will be so good to see you again.

Rare Plant Fair

Sun 19 Sep 2021

An historic listed garden & arboretum. The tumbling Rhyd-y-meirch stream, which runs through the garden, was used by the ancestor of the current owners to create ponds, cascades, rills & yet another stream within the 15 acre private grounds

Abergavenny Antique, Vintage & Flea Market

Wed 22 Sep 2021

Abergavenny Antique, Vintage & Flea Market comes around every WEDNESDAY 8 til 4.

Abergavenny Artisan Farmers Market

Thu 23 Sep 2021

Abergavenny Farmers Market takes place on the 4th Thursday of every month from 9-12pm. This vibrant market offers the good quality produce from local producers.

Places to Stay in the Brecon Beacons National Park

The Loft, Old Rectory Barn

Enjoy the comfort and convenience of Old Rectory Barn. All bedrooms are en suite. Follow local walks & cycle routes, take interesting trips or just relax in the garden. Very spacious so ideal for families or large groups. Dogs Welcome.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £540 pupw sleeps 1-6

Gwyn Deri Bed and Breakfast

Arrive to a warm and friendly welcome, add a peaceful night, a hearty breakfast, and enjoy the local hospitality! The aim is to make your stay as happy and comfortable as possible. Unmatched surroundings, beautiful views.

Bed & Breakfast with 3 rooms, £30 pppnb

Oakview Cottages

First floor self catering apartment, as part of a tasteful barn conversion on small organic farm. Short breaks available. Reduction for 1-2 persons.

Self-catering with 2 units, £300 pupw sleeps 2-4

Courtyard Cottage

Welcome to Hopyard Farm-perfect location for gathering friends and family.Courtyard Cottage sleeps 14 in 6 bedrooms. Enjoy the company of your party while surrounded by the beautiful Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £1270 pupw sleeps 4-14

Lamb and Flag

Enjoy great food and accommodation against the stunning backdrop of the Brecon Beacons National Park

Inn with 5 rooms, £75 prpn, £85 prpnb

Tredilion Holiday Cottages

Situated 2.5 miles from Abergavenny on small farm for people who want somewhere special. Peace and Tranquillity with beautiful views, good accommodation, safe parking. This is an excellent base for walking and cycling in the Brecon Beacons.

Self-catering with 6 units, £195-£295 pupw sleeps 1-4

Maes Y Berllan Barn

Converted barn from 18thC on a working farm. Situated in the Usk Valley. We have our own stretch of fishing

Self-catering with 1 unit, £1000 pupw sleeps 2-14

Hen Ty & Dan y Berllan

Two traditional welsh stone self-catering holiday cottages just 3 miles from Abergavenny with magnificent views of the Skirrid Mountain, private coarse fishing, and good walks in The Black Mountains.

Self-catering with 2 units, £1030 pupw sleeps 8

Merryfields Barn

In the Brecon Beacons Nat. Park, with stunning views from all rooms of nearby Crickhowell, the Usk Valley and Black Mountains, Merryfields Barn is a cosy, quality, 2-bedroom modern barn conversion.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £695 pupw sleeps 1-4

The Hardwick

Award winning restaurant with rooms run by chef Stephen Terry, and his wife Joanna.

Restaurant with Rooms with 8 rooms, £140-£150 prpnb

Ty Croeso B&B

Situated above the BrecMon canal with splendid views of the Usk Valley and Black Mountains.

Bed & Breakfast with 8 rooms, £105-£200 prpnb

Cuddfan/0855250

Cuddfan Cottage sleeps 2 guests with twin beds. One of a pair of delightful stone cottages situated on a small hill farm, dating back to 1690 with magnificent panoramic views. Excellent walking & riding. Pets Welcome. Abergavenny 10 minutes

Self-catering with 2 units, £414 pupn sleeps 3 , £386 pupw sleeps 2

Beacon Park Boats Ltd

5-star boating holidays on the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal in the Brecon Beacons. Luxurious beds, exquisite shower rooms, high-spec kitchens, central heating & bow thrusters for easy boat handling. Boats sleep 2-7 people. Dogs welcome.

Narrowboat with 6 units, £1843 pupw sleeps 2

Wharfinger's Cottage

Unique setting alongside the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal creates a perfect base for exploring the canal and the wider Monmouthshire area.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £728 pupw sleeps 1-6

Wern Watkin Hillside

A modern 30 person bunkhouse set in a magical mountain top location within walking distance of climbing caves and open mountain. Step directly out into ancient woodland from a well equipped stone flagged building.

Bunkhouse with 7 bunks, £19 pppnb

The Kings Arms

The Kings Arms is a late 16th Century coaching inn, giving a fine example of what much of Abergavenny would have looked like before formal Georgian modifications.

Inn with 11 rooms, £75-£120 pppnb, £120-£135 prpnb

Hardwick Farm

Set in the beautiful and tranquil Usk valley and with panoramic views of the Black mountains, we are 300 yards off the main road.

Farmhouse with 3 rooms, £90 prpnb

The Manor

High on the side of the Black Mountains looking down the Usk Valley in the heart of the Brecon Beacons is The Manor Hotel and Restaurant. 22 ensuite rooms, all with TV & direct dial telephones. Leisure suite and pool.

Hotel with 23 rooms, £90-£160 prpnb

The Angel Hotel

Set in an ideal location at the heart of the bustling market town of Abergavenny, The Angel Hotel has a reputation for attentive, friendly service, great food, award-winning afternoon teas and a stylish yet comfortable atmosphere.

Hotel with 35 rooms, £111-£290 prpnb

Pyscodlyn Farm Caravan & Camping Site

Situated in the picturesque Usk valley, within the Brecon Beacons National Park. A small friendly site, ideally located for touring the Black Mountains. Fishing tickets available for River Usk. A wealth of golf clubs.

Touring & Camping Park with 66 pitches, £14 ptpn

Things to see and do in the Brecon Beacons National Park

St Mary's Priory

‘This is the Westminster Abbey of South Wales, for the great ones of all the ages lie here – Norman, Plantagenet, Tudor and Stuart – with carved wood or marble or freestone above them.’

Wernddu Golf Club

Wernddu Golf Club is situated just 1 mile out of Abergavenny on the B4521. It is set in one of the most picturesque positions of Abergavenny with views of the Black mountains and Usk valley at every angle.

The Art Shop and Chapel

The Art Shop & Chapel exhibits work by local, international, established & emerging artists. We sell artwork by painters, printmakers, sculptors, illustrators, ceramic artists, jewellers & book artists.

Blaenavon Ironworks (Cadw)

Blaenavon changed the world. These hills on the edge of the Brecon Beacons were rich with coal, limestone and iron ore – the fuel of the Industrial Revolution. From here Wales heaved and belched and blasted itself onto the global stage.

Big Pit National Coal Museum

Discover Wales' rich mining heritage in this award-winning interactive museum is set in the Blaenafon Industrial Landscape and designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Abergavenny Baker

Fancy a day of baking, chatting and laughter in a traditional farmhouse kitchen in the Brecon Beacons?

Axis Paragliding and Paramotoring

Axis paragliding and paramotoring was first formed in 1997. The school is an acredited BHPA training centre based in Abergavenny,which has access to some of the finest UK flying sites . Axis provides Tandem experience Flights and courses.

Abergavenny Castle and Museum

Abergavenny Museum, founded in 1959, is set in the grounds of a 'ruined' Norman Castle. The Museum building was formerly a hunting lodge built by the Marquess of Abergavenny. The displays tell the story of this historic market town.

The Tithe Barn

The Tithe Barn is a fully restored barn dating from the 12th century. It's part of the St Mary's Priory complex and houses the welsh centre of excellence, shop, education centre and exhibition and the Abergavenny Tourist Information centre.

Castle Meadows

In the centre of Abergavenny, easily accessible from the town centre. Some 20 hectares of riverside meadow, next to the River Usk, with bordering trees, small copses, streams and ponds.

Book a Tuk Tuk

Book A Tuk Tuk is based in the beautiful Brecon Beacons national park. We offer fun tuk tuk tours ranging from 1 to 4 hours, riding in our beautiful indian Bajaj tuk tuk, imported and made fully UK road legal.

Abergavenny Market Hall

Abergavenny Market is a lively and bustling market in the centre of Abergavenny. The retail market offers the best locally produced products every Tuesday, Friday & Saturday.

Court Cupboard Gallery

The Court Cupboard is situated on the western slopes of the Skirrid Mountain in an old granary and has been managed by The Black Mountain Circle, a co-operative of local craft makers, since 1995.

Visitor Centre

The perfect place to begin a visit to the Blaenavon World Heritage Site is the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre. Tourist Information Centre staff will introduce visitors to the many attractions in the area.

Abergavenny Leisure Centre

Visit Abergavenny Leisure Centre for swimming, sporting activities, health facilities and more.

Monmouthshire Golf Club

The Monmouthshire is a course that suits all levels of golfer and indeed all ages.

Llanfoist Old Railway Crossing

The site is a pedestrian and cycle access point to the old Railway Line and by foot to the Iron Mountain Trail from Llanfoist Wharf through the Blaenavon Industrial Landscape World Heritage Site.

Backwaters Canoe and Kayak Hire

Canoe and Kayak hire from Backwaters Adventure Equipment Ltd.

Borough Theatre

The Borough Theatre is a lively 300 seat venue situated right in the centre of the historic market town of Abergavenny. The Theatre presents a year round programme of professional and is part of the town hall building dating back to 1870.

Blaenafon Heritage & Cordell Museum

The Blaenafon Community Heritage & Cordell Museum shows the fascinating history of the town from the early days of the Industrial Revolution, through to the modern day World Heritage Site.

Fly Over Abergavenny & the Vale of Usk

Dark Skies in the Brecon Beacons National Park

Find a walk near Abergavenny

Climb the mountains of the Brecon Beacons with four walks on the Sugarloaf, Blorenge, Skirrid Fach & Skirrid Fawr or try one of our other Beacons walks below.

Health Walk - Blorenge High Level Walk

4 mile walk from Keepers Pond around the summit of the Blorenge.

29 Gilwern to Clydach

A walk of 6 miles from Gilwern, west of Abergavenny, up into the woodlands and industrial heritage of the Clydach Gorge.

Health Walk - Castle Meadows & Linda Vista Gardens

1.6 mile walk around Castle Meadows and Linda Vista Gardens.

Health Walk - River Usk & Llanwenarth Walk

4 mile walk along the River Usk to the west of Abergavenny.

10 Llanover and Out!

A 7.8 mile walk around the village of Llanover near Abergavenny.

Health Walk - Llanfoist Canal East Walk

1.6 mile walk along the canal and return by path and minor road.

Health Walk - Llanfoist Canal West Walk

2.8 mile walk along the cycle track to Govilon and back along the canal.

1 Abergavenny to Little Skirrid

A 3.4 mile walk from Abergavenny to the top of the Little Skirrid.

13 Abergavenny to Govilon

5.6 miles through Castle Meadows in Abergavenny to Govilon along the disused railway and back on the canal towpath.

Health Walk - Swan Meadows & the River Gavenny

2.7 mile walk following the River Gavenny up and downstream.

Welsh Dragon