Brecon (Welsh: Aberhonddu) is a market town and the former county town of Brecknockshire, a traditional county which now forms the southernmost part of the modern county of Powys in Mid Wales.


Brecon is in many ways a typical small Welsh town, retaining that status though it does boast a cathedral. The surrounding scenery is quite stunning, Brecon falling within the Brecon Beacons National Park, which extends to the south, east and west.

Get in

By train

The nearest stations are at Abergavenny, Merthyr Tydfil and Llandovery. A bus meets incoming trains at Merthyr. Travel from Cardiff to Brecon takes about an hour and fifteen minutes up the A470.

By bus

There are direct bus links to Swansea and Cardiff and also to Llandovery and Abergavenny along the A40.

By car

A470 from near Cardiff, A4067 from near Swansea

Get around

The town is best explored on foot, which is part of the charm.


For most people the main reason for visiting Brecon is as a base for visiting the national park. In town, however, there are worthwhile diversions:





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