The area is steeped in history and there are plenty of places to visit in the region, from historical buildings, churches and fortresses to galleries, exhibitions and cinemas. Take a look at some of the ideas below and, if you are on the campsite, we’ve got plenty of brochures in the ‘Washing Up Room’.
The Elan Valley
The Elan Valley is a very special region, an International Dark Sky Reservation, the estate is thousands of acres of open moorland and beautiful scenery. The jewels in the crown are the Elan Valley Dams, mighty examples of Victorian engineering, these towing dams have created deep reservoirs perfect for an abundance of flora and fauna.
Brecon Cathedral is thought to be on the site of an earlier Celtic church. A Benedictine Priory was founded on the site in 1093 by a Norman knight who conquered the kingdom of Breycheiniog. There is a fantastic choir, vaulting and stained glass windows depicting Welsh saints. The sixteenth-century tithe barn is also now a Heritage Centre and a craft shop. All this is thirsty work and there is lovely tea room in the cathedral ground.
If you ever caught the BBC series “A Garden Lost in Time”, which followed the restoration of these splendid gardens then you’ll already be acquainted with the story of Aberglasney. Described as a ‘Plantsman’s Paradise’ this beautiful garden and restored Grade II listed mansion is a real treat. Please note that dogs are not permitted in the gardens.
Powis Castle is managed by The National Trust and is a dramatic Medieval castle. The gardens are world-famous, influenced by Italian and French styles with an orangery on the terraces. The castle was originally built in c. 1200, but has been remodeled and embellished over the past 400 years. Unfortunately, no dogs are allowed.
The Hall has been described as one of ‘Wales’ most outstanding Victorian homes’ a Grade II listed property which overlooks the ruins of a 12th century Cistercian Abbey. The house and gardens have been lovingly restored over the course of 10 years and is a real treasure in the mid Wales countryside.
The home of Welsh Whisky, which produces award-winning single malt whiskies and spirits in the Brecon Beacons. They offer tours of the distillery, where you will learn about the founding of Penderyn and how the whisky is made. The visitor centre is open 7 days a week. For whisky enthusiasts, there is a Distillery Masterclass too!
This award-winning museum is a real treat in the border town of Presteigne, which invites you to ‘explore the upstairs and downstairs life of the Victorian Judges, servants and felonious guests’. The old Shire Hall of Radnorshire was transformed into elegant apartments for judges in the 19th century.
This partly ruined formed Augustinian Priory is a beautiful spot tucked in the Black Mountains south of Fforest Fields. The evocative ruins of Llanthony Priory are situated in the picturesque Vale of Ewyas, close to the Black Mountains. These haunting remains are all that survives of one of the greatest buildings of medieval Wales.