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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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Poppy Cottage

Self catering in Clydach.

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

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

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

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

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

Pantygelli Farm Cottages

Two comfortably furnished and well-equipped character cottages adjoining the 16th century farmhouse.

Self-catering with 2 units, £320 pupw sleeps 4-8

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

Things to see and do 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Abergavenny Baker

Fancy a day of baking, chatting and laughter in a traditional farmhouse kitchen 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.

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.

Monmouthshire Golf Club

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

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.

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.

Backwaters Canoe and Kayak Hire

Canoe and Kayak hire from Backwaters Adventure Equipment Ltd.

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.

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.

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 - 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.

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.

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.

Welsh Dragon