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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 General Market

Sat 5 Dec 2020

Abergavenny General Market every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday

Abergavenny General Market

Tue 8 Dec 2020

Abergavenny General Market every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday

Flea Market and car boot sale

Wed 9 Dec 2020

Weekly Flea Market and outdoor car boot sale.

Abergavenny General Market

Fri 11 Dec 2020

Abergavenny General Market every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday

Craft Market

Sat 12 Dec 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.

Flea Market and car boot sale

Wed 16 Dec 2020

Weekly Flea Market and outdoor car boot sale.

Artisan Food and Craft Market

Thu 17 Dec 2020

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

Crickhowell Walking Festival

Sat 6 - Sun 14 Mar 2021

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 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.

Places to Stay in the Brecon Beacons

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

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 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

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

Poppy Cottage

Self catering in Clydach.

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

Hen Ty & Dan y Berllan/0834306

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

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

Things to see and do in the Brecon Beacons

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 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.

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.

The Abergavenny Baker

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

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.

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.’

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.

Backwaters Canoe and Kayak Hire

Canoe and Kayak hire from Backwaters Adventure Equipment Ltd.

Monmouthshire Golf Club

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Leisure Centre

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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