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Attractions

Ashford House - Open Garden

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  • Talybont on Usk Powys
  • phone: 01874 676271

Ashford Garden is a walled garden surrounded by a woodland and water garden. There are many shrubs, herbaceous borders, a meadow garden, alpine house and beds, vegetable and a collector´s range of interesting and unusual plants.

Brecon Cathedral & Heritage Centre

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  • Brecon Powys
  • phone: 01874 623857

The Cathedral and its attendant buildings, formerly a Benedictine Priory under the control of Battle Abbey in Sussex, are amongst the most important architecturally in Wales.

Brecon Cathedral has been the site of Christian worship for more than a thousand years, dating from the days of the Norman conquest.

In 1093 a Benedictine Priory linked to Battle Abbey was established here and continued in existence until the dissolution of the monastries in 1537.

The building then served the community as a Parish Church, and in 1923 became the Cathedral Church of the newly founded Diocese of Swansea & Brecon.

Dan-yr-Ogof, The National Showcaves Centre for Wales

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  • Abercrave Powys
  • phone: 01639 730 284

Wales' top award-winning visitor attraction the National Showcaves Centre for Wales, is the most breathtaking Showcaves complex in Northern Europe. Every year tens of thousands of visitors step back in time, as they walk within the limestone rocks, and deep into the subterranean world.

Above ground there is plenty to see and do - come face to face with some of the largest animals ever to walk the Earth in our Dinosaur Park, one of the biggest collections of life-sized dinosaur models in the world! Witness how our ancestors lived during the Iron Age, and enjoy the company of our friendly giants the Shire Horses. Down on the farm, children will have a great time in the covered play areas should there be any excess energy waiting to be used up before the journey home!

One ticket gets you into 10 attractions:

• Dan-yr-Ogof Showcaves
• Cathedral Cave
• Bone Cave
• Museum
• Mr Morgan's Farmyard
• Dinosaur Park
• Iron Age Village
• Shire Horse Centre
• Barney Owl's Play Area
• The Millennium Stone Circle

Brecon Mountain Railway

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  • Merthyr Tydfil Merthyr Tydfil
  • phone: 01685 722988

Travel in one of our all-weather observation coaches behind a vintage steam locomotive through beautiful scenery into the Brecon Beacons National Park along the full length of the Taf Fechan Reservoir to Dol-y-Gaer on one of the most popular Railways in Wales.

We have a new childrens play area at Pontsticill which is proving very popular with our young visitors.

This is a very good spot to relax and enjoy the view across the Reservoir, whilst the children play safely. There are picnic tables here also.

Big Pit: National Coal Museum

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  • Blaenafon Torfaen
  • phone: 01495 790311

At Big Pit: National Coal Museum you can take an authentic underground tour of a real coal mine. Winner of the 2005 Gulbenkian Prize for Museum of the Year and named by the Times as the UK's best interactive museum, the Museum has a wide range of experiences to captivate the whole family.

Cantref Adventure Farm Park

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  • Cantref Powys
  • phone: 01874 665223

Welcome to Cantref Adventure Farm!

A fun packed day out for the whole family! Come and meet the farm animals in our live shows every half an hour and get involved in our family swamp ride! We have lots of play facilities such as the Indoor Playzone, Ball Cannons and Pedal tractors!

We offer a wide range of activities from the play zone and the mega sledge ride, jungle swamp ride, animall encounter - tractor & trailer ride to your own birthday party and school visits.

The Play Barn at Brynich

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  • Brecon Powys
  • phone: 01874 623480

Welcome to the Play Barn! - an award winning indoor play centre, offering adventure, exercise, exploration and excitement for children in a clean, safe, stimulating environment.

A day out in Brecon

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  • Brecon Powys
  • phone: 01874 622485

The charming old market town of Brecon is regarded as one of the most historic locations in Wales. It is situated at the confluence of the rivers Usk & Honddu, the latter providing the town's Welsh name 'Aberhonddu'.

Boasting a cathedral, theatre, cinema, castle ruins, stunning Georgian architecture as well as a canal basin, Brecon is a great choice for an extended visit!

Discover The Artbeat Trail - pick up a map from the Tourist Information Centre to discover all the art shops and galleries of the town.

Things to do within 20 minutes of Brecon

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  • Powys
  • phone: 01874 622485

There is much to see and do in Brecon town but if you are staying a few days, aside from the outstanding surrounding countryside and outdoor activities, you can also pay a visit to the following activity centres and areas:

Trans Wales Trails

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  • Talgarth, Brecon Powys
  • phone: 01874 711 398 & mob: 07889 118

Come riding with us in the Brecon Beacons. We are situated in the middle of the Black Mountains and can ride straight out onto open countryside.
Whether you are in the area just for an afternoon or want to cross the whole of Wales on horseback we have the horses for you... We have the best quality horses and tack as well as some of the most beautiful scenery Wales can offer...

BobHols

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  • Tremadog Monmouthshire
  • phone: 01897654321

For advice on buying a Climbing Frame, call us 7 days a week on UK Freephone 0800 01 88844

Cyfarthfa Castle Museum & Art Gallery

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  • Merthyr Tydfil Merthyr Tydfil
  • phone: 01685 727371

The ‘Ironmaster’ William Crawshay commissioned Cyfarthfa Castle in 1824. This grand castellated mansion overlooked his immensely successful ironworks and has been called ‘the most impressive monument of the Industrial Iron Age in South Wales’.

Raglan Castle

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  • Raglan Monmouthshire
  • phone: 01291 690228

Largely the creation of the more peaceful Middle Ages, Raglan brings to a close the great castle-building chapter in Welsh history and is as much a statement of wealth and social aspiration as of military power. It was begun in 1435 by the influential Sir William ap Thomas, who raised the mighty Great Tower. His son William Herbert continued the grand work in the same lavish vein, creating a sumptuous, richly embellished palace with formal state apartments and the Great Gate. Yet handsome Raglan was no pushover, for it endured one of the longest sieges of the Civil War.

Caerphilly Castle

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  • Caerphilly Cardiff
  • phone: 02920 883143

Like the famous cheese, the castle has long been synonymous with Caerphilly. It dominates. Hogs the limelight. Think slumbering giant, awaiting a call to arms. Respect where respect is due.

White Castle

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  • Abergavenny Monmouthshire
  • phone: 01600 780380

White Castle

White Castle is the best preserved of the Three Castles, namely, White, Skenfrith and Grosmont. The heart of this castle is surrounded by powerful round towers.

Other places to visit in Brecon town

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  • Powys
  • phone: 01874 622485

As well as the specific activities search and Places to visit in Brecon see below the other things that you can do in Brecon town:

Penderyn Distillery

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  • Nr Aberdare Rhondda Cynon Taff
  • phone: 01685 810651

Penderyn Distillery opened its doors to visitors in June 2008 with the launch of its new visitors’ facilities. The distillery is the only one in Wales and the first to legally distil a whisky spirit in the country for more than 100 years. This is the first time that members of the public will be able to visit the distillery and experience the distilling and bottling process.

In our Visitor Centre you can:

• See an exhibition of the history of whisky making in Wales including the last genuine Welsh Whisky from Frongoch, near Bala N.Wales
• View the distillation process at Penderyn that was designed by Dr David Faraday, a descendant of famous physicist Sir Michael Faraday
• Have an opportunity to understand the use of water and wood in making whisky
• View of the bottling line and bottling process
• Relax in the tasting room and sample the spirits
• Visit our retail shop for purchase of Penderyn Spirits and merchandise.

Caerleon

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  • Caerleon Newport
  • phone: 01633 422518

Frigidarium, tepidarium, caldarium and natatio. Sounds like one of Harry Potter’s spells! In fact, they describe the wide range of facilities on offer to the Second Augustan Legion and other residents at their state-of-the-art leisure complex. We are talking heated changing rooms, a series of cold and warm baths, covered exercise rooms and even an open-air swimming pool. Roman Britain wasn’t that bad at all if you were a Roman.

Castell Coch

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  • Cardiff Cardiff
  • phone: 02920 810101

While resting on ancient foundations, Castell Coch (Red Castle) is relatively modern, the by-product of a vivid Victorian imagination, assisted by untold wealth. The Middle Ages fascinated the Victorians as much as the Victorians fascinate us today. High Gothic was the order of the day.

Chocs Away Chocolate Making

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  • Blaenafon Torfaen
  • phone: 01495-790790

Visit our chocolate making workshops at Chocs Away, Blaenavon in South Wales for all chocoholics who want to try something different. This gift idea is perfect for all chocolate lovers of all ages to indulge their chocolate passion and create their own handmade chocolates. Make your own fondant creams or just leave them as solid chunks of mouth-watering Belgian chocolate.

The Blaenafon Cheddar Company & Mountain Tours Limited

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  • Blaenavon Torfaen
  • phone: 01495 793123

Blaenafon cheddar is a family run business situated in the heart of the Blaenavon world heritage site. We specialize in producing speciality handmade welsh cheddar cheeses and soft welsh goats cheeses. Tourism is is an important part of our business and as well as producing the above for tourists to see we also offer a selection of welsh produce and local welsh ales, whisky and other speciality alcohols. To explore the fantastic mountain side you can either hire a guide to take you to many breathtaking secret places or you can explore by cycling along dedicated tracks or go off and explore yourself and if you do not fancy cycling all the way back up the mountainside then we will happily pick you up and return you to the start.
We also have a range of speciality adapted cycles for the disabled.

The Waterside Rest

  • Llanover Abergavenny Monmouthshire
  • phone: 01873 881355/07970 548810

Situated on the picturesque Mon and Brecon Canal adjoining the visitor/heritage centre offering dinning and licensed facilities .
Ideal for families offering traditional Sunday lunches and wholesome food
Serving local Real Ales and Ciders and interesting european Lagers in high season

Crickhowell

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  • Crickhowell Powys
  • phone: 01873 811970

Crickhowell nestles in the beautiful Usk Valley. This thriving Market Town, which has a unique charm, offers an interesting variety of shops, places to eat, drink and stay with attractions for all the family.Whilst there are countless opportunities for the active, everyone can enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery and river valleys. This wonderful corner of Wales is easily accessible being less than an hour from the Severn Bridge with rail access in nearby Abergavenny.

Blaenafon Community Heritage & Cordell Museum

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  • Blaenavon Torfaen
  • phone: 01495 790991

A huge array of exhibits and stands will guide you through the fascinating history of the town from the early days of the industrial revolution through to the modern day World Heritage Site.

Blaenavon Iron Works

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  • Blaenavon Blaenau Gwent
  • phone: 01495 792615

The only steam many of us experience today comes from a kettle. Over two hundred years ago, cutting-edge technology enabled the power of steam to be harnessed, making Blaenavon possible and taking Wales’s industrial might to a new height.

Blaenavon World Heritage Centre

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  • Blaenavon Torfaen
  • phone: 01495 742333

The new Blaenavon World Heritage Centre, situated in the former St Peter's Church School, which was originally built to provide free education for the ironworker's children in 1815, will continue the educational mission of its predecessor but in a modern and exciting way.

Castell Caerffili

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  • Caerphilly Cardiff
  • phone: 02920 883143

Castell Caerffili

Fel y caws enwog, bu cysylltiad annatod rhwng y castell a Chaerffili ers tro byd. Mae’n dominyddu. Yn nodwedd amlwg. Cawr sy’n cysgu, yn barod am yr alwad i’r gad. Mae’n deilwng o gael ei barchu.

Fourteen Locks Canal Centre

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  • Newport Newport
  • phone: 01633 892167

The Canal Centre has been on this site since 1978 but it was only open six months of the year and five days a week. Over the winter of 2008/9 the Monmouthshire, Brecon & Abergavenny Canals Trust Ltd. together with Newport City Council raised enough funds through the European Funding Office to re-build the Centre to the magnificent building you see today.
In May of last year the Trust leased the building off Newport city Council and because the Centre is now open twelve months of the year seven days a week we have managed to attract 35,000 visitors in our first year. COME AND SEE FOR YOURSELF AND ITS FREE!!

Llanyrafon Mill

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  • Cwmbran Torfaen
  • phone: 01633 482780

If you like history you'll enjoy Llanyrafon Mill. There has been a water mill on the Llanyrafon site since at least 1632 and probably much earlier. The grade 2 listed mill, situated on the outskirts of Cwmbran, is to become a working tourist attraction and, while the mill awaits development, there is still plenty to see.
Free car parking is available and the site is accessible to the disabled.

Dragonfly Cruises

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  • Brecon Powys
  • phone: 07831 685 222

Spend a delightful few hours cruising through some of the most beautiful scenery in Britain, lying within the Brecon Beacons National Park.

The Monmouthshire and Brecon canal hugs the mountainside above the valley of the River Usk. Through the four seasons there a fine views and an abundance of wildlife to be seen.

200 Years of History - Travel on this historical waterway, a fantastic feat of engineering, built before roads and railways. Cruise through a canal lock and over an aqueduct carry the canal over the River Usk,

Saloon seating for 50
Refreshment bar
Catering available
P.A. System
Toilet
Souvenirs
All Weather
Wheelchair Lift (2 chairs maximum)

Erwood Station Gallery

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  • Builth Wells Powys
  • phone: 01982 560674

Erwood Station Gallery is the sister to The Lion Street Gallery in Hay on Wye, recently rated as one of the best galleries in Wales.

Abergavenny Museum

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  • Abergavenny Monmouthshire
  • phone: 01873 854282

Set in the picturesque grounds of a ruined castle. Objects in the permanent galleries illustrate life in this historic market town. Victorian kitchen, 1940s grocer’s shop and air raid shelter. Refurbished gallery hosts regular temporary exhibitions. Shop. Free entry. Parking.

Clydach Ironworks

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  • Clydach Monmouthshire
  • phone: 01633 644855

The spectacular ironworks were built in the late 18th century and are a scheduled ancient monument.

Southern Wales Attractions

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  • Cardiff Cardiff
  • phone: 07800512032

Southern Wales Attractions has over 60 attractions and activities for you to visit in the South Wales Area. Our web site has a comprehensive listing of things to do, events and places to visit, from roaming around castles and galleries to gorge walking and tree climbing. Each listing has helpful information on opening times, prices, directions, disability access, as well as contact details and direct links to their websites.

Wernddu Alpacas

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  • Monmouth Monmouthshire
  • phone: 01600 740104

Meet our Alpacas

We have a herd of eleven alpacas: they’re gentle and friendly. Dominic is head of the pack and Angel is the quiet and shy new addition – she’s sweet natured and gentle. Declan is a beautiful tan colour and adores being petted and fed. Children love them. Why not bring the family along and take an alpaca out for a walk
or hand feed them.

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