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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 Artisan Farmers Market

Thu 28 Oct 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.

Games We Used to Play - Abergavenny

Fri 29 Oct 2021

For Half-term holidays and for Welsh Museums Festival MonLife Heritage Museums are inviting children to bring along adults to discover and try out some traditional toys and games. Re-discover, teach each other, and learn together.

Round Table Fireworks Extravaganza 2021

Fri 5 Nov 2021

Get ready for a night to remember as we light up the skies above Abergavenny with a dazzling array of colours! Our amazing pyromusical display is choreographed to your favourite Disney songs!

Abergavenny Craft Fair

Sat 13 Nov 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 Artisan Farmers Market

Thu 25 Nov 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.

Abergavenny Craft Fair

Sat 11 Dec 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 Artisan Farmers Market

Thu 23 Dec 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.

Crickhowell Walking Festival

Sat 5 - Sun 13 Mar 2022

A week of guided walks for all ages and abilities in and around the Black Mountains - part of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Green Man Festival

Thu 18 - Sun 21 Aug 2022

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.

Places to Stay in the Brecon Beacons National Park

Poppy Cottage

Self catering in Clydach.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £595 pupw sleeps 2-5

The Bridge Inn

The Bridge Inn at Llanfoist, known as “The Bridge” is a small privately owned pub perched on the banks of the Usk river, easy to find, and just 1/2 mile from the ancient town of Abergavenny, often referred to as “The Gateway of Wales”.

Inn with 4 rooms, £60 pppnb

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

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

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

Blossom Touring Park

Blossom Holiday Park is an exciting new development set in a south facing pear and plum orchard located 1.5 miles on the out skirts of Abergavenny.

Touring & Camping Park with 84 pitches, £15 ptpn

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

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

Drydock Cottage

Originally Beacon Park Boats' dry dock facility which was used for all aspects of boat maintenance, this spacious building has been completely transformed into a luxury hideaway for two.

Self-catering with 1 unit

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

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 60 pitches, £20 ptpn

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

Pwll Du Adventure Centre

The recently renovated accommodation at the Centre has been designed to cater for large groups or extended families.

Bunkhouse with 1 bunk, £300 prpn

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

The Great Western

The Great Western was originally a Victorian Railway Hotel which has been operating as a bar, B&B and hostel since 1850.

Hostel with 7 bedrooms, £16 pppn, £60-£75 prpn

Black Lion Guest House

A high quality 4 star family run guest house. A new traditional family run guest house situated in the market town of Abergavenny on the outskirts of The Black Mountains and The Breacon Beacon National Park.

Guest House with 5 rooms, £45 pppnb

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

Premier Inn Abergavenny

Whether you're a hiker, biker or nature-lover, our Premier Inn Abergavenny hotel is great for a short break.

Budget Hotel with 61 rooms

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

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

Things to see and do in the Brecon Beacons National Park

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.

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.

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.

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.’

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.

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.

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.

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.

Backwaters Canoe and Kayak Hire

Canoe and Kayak hire from Backwaters Adventure Equipment Ltd.

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.

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.

Brilliant Bronze Age Exhibition

This exhibition looks at axes found in the local area, the story of how they were made, how they were used, why they might have ended up in the ground and how they were found, bringing their story right up to the present day.

Sugar Loaf Vineyards

Take a relaxed stroll around the vineyard, through the orderly rows of vines, secure in warm fields sheltered by high hedges, beneath glossy green leaves, promising another rich harvest for the next vintage.

Monmouthshire Golf Club

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

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.

Abergavenny Leisure Centre

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

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.

Blaenavon World Heritage Centre

The Blaenavon World Heritage Centre is the ideal starting point for your visit to the area. Located in the sympathetically restored former St. Peter’s School, it provides an overview of the Blaenavon Industrial Landscape.

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.

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.

10 Llanover and Out!

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

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.

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.

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.

Welsh Dragon