The quaint market town of Brecon is a popular visitor destination, set within the beautiful Brecon Becons National Park.
The town has attractive streets of Georgian buildings ideal for strolling, with plenty of independent shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants to enjoy. There are good walks along the river Usk and the wonderfully restored Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal which starts (or finishes, depending on your outlook) in the Brecon canal basin.
Other attractions within Brecon include the beautiful Cathedral, a church founded as a Norman Benedictine Priory in the 11th century. The Brecknock Museum and Art Gallery has an interesting large collection housed within a beautiful and imposing Victorian building in the classical style. The South Wales Borderers Museum tells the history of this famous military regiment, including its defence of Rorke's Drift in 1879 which was later dramatised in the feature film Zulu.
Brecon also hosts an annual summer Jazz festival, with leading artists from around the world performing in the town, attracting many visitors. There is also a lively fringe festival of smaller gigs in local venues.
South on the A70 and into the Brecon Beacons for some great walks.
Dragonfly Cruises Take a trip on the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal.
The National Showcaves Centre for Wales Spectacular caves, dinosaur park and other fun family attractions.
Brecon Cathedral Ancient and beautiful church.
Brecknock Museum and Art Gallery Local museum set in a splendid Neoclassical Shire Hall.
South Wales Borderers Museum History of the regiment and the Anglo-Zulu War.
Taff Trail Long distance cycle path between Brecon and Cardiff.
Craig-y-nos Country Park Beautiful upland landscape of hills, mountains, gorges and waterfalls.