You have arrived at Craig y Nos Castle for your Brecon Beacons Holiday and are now debating what to do. If you have dogs, check out our dog friendly Wales site for all the local dog walks.
If you are looking for attractions as well as walks, here are a few ideas:
1) Henryhd Waterfalls - while this is included on our dog walks options, it is very close to the castle so worth visiting.
2) Dan yr Ogof Showcaves aka the Welsh National Showcaves
3) Elan Village Reservoirs and Visitor centre: this is a full day out with scenic drives and the visitor centre is worth spending some time in.
4) Talley Abbey and forest - also on our walks option, a bit of a trek, but worth a wander around the old ruins if you are passing.
6) Brecon Mountain Railway - great for children, a reasonably lengthy steam train journey through mountains and reservoirs.
8) Ystradfelte Waterfalls which are also quite local
9) Tenby Town in West Wales
11) Caerphilly Castle just outside Cardiff
12) Caerleon Roman Barracks and Amphitheatre
13) Margam Park, Orangery, deer park and farm
14) Dinefwr Park and Castle (National Trust)
15) Cerreg Cennen Castle.
16) Local Animal Sanctuary (very near Castle)
17) Cardiff Castle - worth a visit if you are in Cardiff.
18) Hay on Wye - a bit of a drive but if you are into books, and if it is a rainy day for browsing in all the shops, this is a worthwhile trip.
19) Check out the Brecon Beacons area Events Calendar on Brecon Beacons Tourism site for what's on during the dates of your stay.
20) See more days out ideas here.
21) See more 'what to do on holiday itinerary ideas south wales here.
22) For days out with children in and around Swansea & Brecon, see 'day out with the kids' - an excellent resource for outings with children.
Hay on Wye: About an hour's drive north of us, worth visiting on a rainy day if you are into books.
A lovely quaint town, with some nice antiques shops also.
In good weather, there are lots of nooks and crannies to explore, including the old Castle (also full of books - stacked outside on shelves!)
See our own write-up on the town here and the official Hay on Wye website here.
Brecon: In an age when High Streets are failing, with boarded up shops now a common sight, it is remarkable how Wales has managed to hold its own, with some traditional market towns completely intact and vibrant.
Here is a traditional market town with an eclectic mix of arts and crafts shops, traditional High Street shops and an indoor market, and no out of town supermarket - there is Morrisons, but the town planners sensibly had this located IN the town. This is clearly a winning formula for the survival of our High Streets, for we always park near Morrisons, do the rounds for an hour or so in the town, then if we feel like it, pop into Morrisons for essential supplies.
There are nice pubs, a huge three storey antiques shop, and some tea shops - everything you need here really. Also some useful gifts shops and curiosity shops. 22 miles North of Craig y Nos but clear roads means it is only a 25 minute fast drive.