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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

The Guest House

A warm welcome awaits you at Jenny’s Guest House, a perfect base for your visit to Abergavenny, the gateway to South Wales and the Brecon Beacons. Please take a look at our site and let us know if you have any queries.

Guest House with 6 rooms, £50 pppnb

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

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

Smithy's Bunkhouse

Smithys Bunkhouse is situated on a working hill farm in the Black Mountains of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Designed with the group market in mind, independent travellers are welcome. Excellent local Inn 5 minutes walk .

Bunkhouse with 2 bedspaces, £12 pppn

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

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

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

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

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

Poppy Cottage

Self catering in Clydach.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Road House Narrowboats

The ‘Mon & Brec Canal’ is considered by many to be the most scenic waterway of all and lies within the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Narrowboat with 4 units, £920-£1350 pupw sleeps 1-5

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

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

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

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

Things to see and do in the Brecon Beacons National Park

Abergavenny Leisure Centre

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

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Monmouthshire Golf Club

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.’

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

10 Llanover and Out!

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

Welsh Dragon