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Brecon Guide

Brecon might be a small place but it doesn’t mean that there isn’t plenty going on! It’s one of our favourite hen destinations for those who love the great outdoors and the surrounding Brecon Beacon landscape is simply stunning. Here’s our handy guide to the area.

Getting In


If you can, driving to Brecon is your best bet as it’s a small town located right in the throes of the Brecon Beacons and is not actually served by its own train or bus station. Additionally, having your own transport whilst you visit means that it’s really easy to get out and about to visit the rest of the stunning surrounding countryside. Simply cross the toll bridge if you’re coming over from the south of the UK and then carry on through southern Wales, reching the A470 near Cardiff.


If you’re really keen to save the pennies, take a national coach to Cardiff and then switch to a more local bus to Brecon. Although it takes a while, coach journeys are actually pretty handy for large groups of potentially slightly delicate hens and are excellent value and pretty much stress free.


If none of you fancy driving, it is possible to take the train to Brecon. The whole journey is somewhat of a faff because there’s no dedicated station for the town. You’ll need to arrive in at Merthyr Tydfil, Abergavenny or Llandovery and then take a bus or taxi to Brecon.

Top of the Shops

Brecon isn’t the kind of place where you’ll be able to pick up the latest bargains or a pair of designer shoes but it is perfect for pottering about, picking up bits and pieces and enjoying a spot of afternoon tea!


Brecon is well known for its antique shops which really are the best in the region. Pick up precious trinkets, a new piece of furniture or just enjoy the sights, smalls and characters which are so common to beautiful antique shops.


Somewhat surprisingly perhaps, Brecon is a real hub for prints and originals by local, national and even international artists. Check out and buy their works in one of many small art galleries dotted about the town, where nobody will mind if you just browse.


In true adorable Brecon Beacons style, you’ll never be short of crafting, sewing and knitting supplies here. Knitting and crafts are super popular these days so whether you’re interested in it yourself or not, you can bet your bottom dollar that at least one of your guests will be happy to see crafting shops.

Outdoor Pursuits

Whether you need to stock up on waterproofs and Kendal mint cake for activities ahead in the Brecon Beacons or simply fancy having a browse, outdoor and adventure supply shops are every where here, reflecting the countryside surrounding and the needs and wants of the locals.

Handy Welsh phrases

Okay, so these ones might not be particularly useful actually and everybody speaks English too but it’s fun to try and slip them into conversation.

Bore da – Good morning
Lechyd da! Cheers!
Ble mae'r toiled? – Where is the toilet?
Shw mae? – How are you?
Dal ati! – Keep it up!
Cariad – Love/darling
Dach chi eisiau dawnsio? – Would you like to dance with me?
Dw I’n caru Cymru – I love Wales
Nid oes digon o llafariaid yn eich iaith! – There aren’t enough vowels in your language!
Cwtch – A snuggly hug
Pysgod wibliwobli - Jellyfish

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