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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

Abergavenny Virtual Food Festival

Mon 14 - Sun 20 Sep 2020

We are thrilled to announce that, kicking off on 14th September & running for a whole week, ardent food-lovers like you, can get a taste of festival life from the comfort of their own homes by attending the Virtual Abergavenny Food Festival

Abergavenny General Market

Tue 22 Sep 2020

Abergavenny General Market every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday

Flea Market and car boot sale

Wed 23 Sep 2020

Weekly Flea Market and outdoor car boot sale.

Artisan Food and Craft Market

Thu 24 Sep 2020

The Artisan Food & Craft Market is an exciting monthly event combining Farmers Market Produce & local Arts / Crafts.

Abergavenny General Market

Fri 25 Sep 2020

Abergavenny General Market every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday

Abergavenny General Market

Sat 26 Sep 2020

Abergavenny General Market every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday

Abergavenny General Market

Tue 29 Sep 2020

Abergavenny General Market every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday

Flea Market and car boot sale

Wed 30 Sep 2020

Weekly Flea Market and outdoor car boot sale.

Abergavenny General Market

Fri 2 Oct 2020

Abergavenny General Market every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday

Abergavenny General Market

Sat 3 Oct 2020

Abergavenny General Market every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday

Abergavenny General Market

Tue 6 Oct 2020

Abergavenny General Market every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday

Flea Market and car boot sale

Wed 7 Oct 2020

Weekly Flea Market and outdoor car boot sale.

Abergavenny General Market

Fri 9 Oct 2020

Abergavenny General Market every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday

Craft Market

Sat 10 Oct 2020

DUE TO COVID RESTRICTIONS WE HAVE HAD TO CLOSED. PLEASE CALL AHEAD BEFORE VISITING. Discover unusual and unique goodies from our designer-makers at this bustling monthly market.

Castell Cwrt Open Garden

Sun 11 Oct 2020

Large informal wildlife friendly, family garden on 10 acre small holding with fine views overlooking Abergavenny. Lawns with established trees, shrubs and perennial borders. Soft fruit and vegetable gardens.

Abergavenny General Market

Tue 13 Oct 2020

Abergavenny General Market every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday

Flea Market and car boot sale

Wed 14 Oct 2020

Weekly Flea Market and outdoor car boot sale.

Abergavenny General Market

Fri 16 Oct 2020

Abergavenny General Market every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday

Abergavenny General Market

Sat 17 Oct 2020

Abergavenny General Market every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday

Abergavenny General Market

Tue 20 Oct 2020

Abergavenny General Market every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday

Places to Stay in the Brecon Beacons

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 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

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

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

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

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

Hafod Cottage

This pretty self-catering holiday cottages is on a small hill farm with the most glorious views. It offers pets and horses Welcome. Great Walking onto Sugar Loaf Mountain, Offa's Dyke Path, Black Mountains & Brecon Beacons.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £397-£601 pupw sleeps 3

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

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

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

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

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

Sugar Loaf Farmhouse

A wonderfully historic and stunning farmhouse in a glorious situation - only one mile down to Abergavenny and just a few minutes walk up to Sugar Loaf Mountain.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £694-£1048 pupw sleeps 6

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

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

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

Poppy Cottage

Self catering in Clydach.

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

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

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

Crawshay Stable Cottage

Crawshay Stable Cottage is one of the two fabulously equipped and converted cottages where the owner has taken great care to make sure that they have thought of everything that visitors may need.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £593-£898 pupw sleeps 4

Things to see and do in the Brecon Beacons

Abergavenny Leisure Centre

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

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.’

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Monmouthshire Golf Club

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

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 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

Find a walk 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.

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.

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.

10 Llanover and Out!

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

Health Walk - Blorenge High Level Walk

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

Welsh Dragon