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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 are an important part of the county. There's plenty of ways to enjoy the 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

Llanover Garden Open Day

Sun 16 May 2021

Visit the beautiful Llanover Garden near Abergavenny on the first open day of the year. Booking required.

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.

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.

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.

Places to Stay in the Brecon Beacons

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

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

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

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

Poppy Cottage

Self catering in Clydach.

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

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

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

Tyr-Pwll Holiday Cottages

A self catering cottage just 2 miles from the centre of Abergavenny (the Gateway to Wales), an area with great restaurants and amazing scenery.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £320 pupw sleeps 1-2

Sugarloaf Vineyard and Cottages

Cosy studio cottages based on our Vineyard. Single storey open plan living with a double bedroom with an en-suite shower room makes this an ideal base for your holiday in Wales. Ideal for exploring the Brecon Beacons location.

Self-catering with 2 units, £320 pupw sleeps 1-2

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

Llanwenarth Hotel & Riverside Restaurant

The hotel is on the bank of the River Usk, nestled into the slopes of Sugarloaf mountain in the Brecon Beacons. Views from the rooms, restaurant, conservatory and grounds are breathtaking. Service is warm, friendly and professional.

Hotel with 17 rooms, £95-£125 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

Abergavenny Hotel

Set close to the centre of the historic market town of Abergavenny, The Abergavenny Hotel offers 4 star guest accommodation in a charming Victorian building with an attractive red-brick façade and stone trim.

Guest Accommodation with 20 rooms

Old Rectory

Lovely barn and stable set in five acres of land above the village of Maes y Gwartha in a delightful rural location with magnificent views over the Blorenge and Sugar Loaf Mountains and the ponies and sheep in the field.

Self-catering with 2 units, £527-£996 pupw sleeps 4-10

Castle Narrowboats

For a break that offers real relaxation, try a narrow boat holiday on the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal, within the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park.

Narrowboat with 9 units, £1047-£1346 pupw sleeps 1-8

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

Middle Ninfa Farm Bunkhouse

Are you a family or activity group looking for a friendly/comfortable/quiet Bunkhouse/Cottage for up to 6 people? In stunning mountain landscape near Abergavenny, South-East Wales?

Bunkhouse with 2 bedspaces, £60-£70 prpn

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

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

Oakfield B&B

Situated within the Blaenavon World Heritage site and on the border of Brecon Beacons National Park. On National Cycle Network route 492 and within walking distance of Big Pit Mining Museum, Ironworks, town centre and Garn Lakes.

Bed & Breakfast with 3 rooms, £70-£132 prpnb

Things to see and do in the Brecon Beacons

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Backwaters Canoe and Kayak Hire

Canoe and Kayak hire from Backwaters Adventure Equipment Ltd.

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.

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.

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.

The Abergavenny Baker

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

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.

Hopyard Cycles

Hopyard Cycles is run from Hopyard Farm, Abergavenny by Bob and Diana Blowfield. Full range of cycles to hire to suit all the family - adult, junior, trailers and baby seats.

Abergavenny Museum and Castle

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.

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.

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.’

Monmouthshire Golf Club

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

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.

Fly Over Abergavenny & the Vale of Usk

Dark Skies in the Brecon Beacons

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 - Blorenge High Level Walk

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

Welsh Dragon