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    Brecon

    Brecon

    Brecon
    Brecon Canal Basin

    Brecon Canal Basin

    Brecon Canal Basin
    Brecon & Monmouth Canal

    Brecon & Monmouth Canal

    Brecon & Monmouth Canal
     
     

    Details

    Brecon, or Aberhonddu as it is known in Welsh, is an historic market town in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Ancient Britons, Romans and Normans have each left their mark on Brecon. The town's name comes from that of the old Welsh name of the kingdom - Brycheiniog' in whose territory Brecon stands. The kingdom took its name from Prince Brychan who founded it, and who remains a colourful character in local folklore and legend. The name later became anglicised to Brecknockshire or Breconshire.
    The hills around Brecon boast some of the finest walking and mountaineering terrain in Britain, including Pen-y-Fan, the highest point in southern Britain at 886m. A few miles outside the town is the Brecon Canal basin which forms part of the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal, and is the starting point of the Taff Trail, a walking and cycling route that follows the Taff river right down to Cardiff.

    In August, the annual Brecon Jazz Festival is held in the town centre with performances in several open air venues, and in a number of indoor venues including the town's market hall and at Theatr Brycheiniog.

    For further details see www.visitmidwales.co.uk

    Cash PointCoach parties acceptedCurrency ExchangeDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopPicnic sitePostboxPublic toiletsTelephone (public)Wheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencing

    Location

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    Map reference: SO 046287  Lat: 51.94862 Long: -3.38889


    The town of Brecon is bisected by the main A470 and A40 roads, which cross the national park. There is on-street parking in the town as well as a variety of car parks in town centre.

    The town has no train station, however there are local bus services in the area. The nearest train station is either Abergavenny or Llandovery.

    www.traveline-cymru.info

    Parking: with charge

    Accessible by Public Transport: 20 miles from Abergavenny station

    Facilities

    • Cash PointCash Point
    • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
    • Currency ExchangeCurrency Exchange
    • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
    • Education/study areaEducation/study area
    • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
    • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
    • Gift shopGift shop
    • Picnic sitePicnic site
    • PostboxPostbox
    • Public toiletsPublic toilets
    • Telephone (public)Telephone (public)
    • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
    • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
    • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
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