Side Street Style: 6 Family friendly things to do in Brecon, Wales

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27/06/2022

6 Family friendly things to do in Brecon, Wales

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While most people have heard of the famous Brecon Beacons, a large mountainous area of Southern Wales jam-packed with hikes, peak summits, trig points and outdoor pursuits and a playground for those who love the outdoors. But what about the actual town of Brecon and the immediate surrounding area?

There is plenty to do within close proximity of the bustling market town of Brecon, which also has an abundance of accommodation (including dog-friendly accommodation) and makes for a great base to explore the wider area, but if you only have a day or want to keep it more local here are a few things to do in and around (no more than 10mins away) of Brecon Town centre. 


Brecon Basin


1. Explore Brecon Basin and Towpath

The town of Brecon is the start (or end) of the Mon and Brec Canal, just head towards the Brecon Basin, next to the iconic Theatr Bryncheiniog, and spot pretty canal boats while taking a slow meander along the canal towpath which goes for miles. My boys love a walk along the canal where you can do some bird watching and spot wildlife as well as try your hand at Geocaching as there are many caches along the towpath. 

Brecon Canal


2. Get on the Canal

The Mon and Brecon Canal is over 30 miles long and there are a few different options of how to get on the water. You can bring your own SUP or kayak (you will need a waterways licence) or you can take a cruise with Dragonfly cruises. If you rather have a little more independence then you can also hire a day boat with Dragonfly Day Boats and explore the canal yourself, which is what I did with my kids earlier this year. We packed a picnic and hired a boat for 2hrs and it was bliss, such a lovely and unique way to explore the area. 

Pen Y Crug


3. Hike up Pen Y Crug for amazing views

The starting point for the Pen Y Crug trig point hike is only 1.5 miles from Brecon Town Centre and is a great family-friendly walk that rewards you with some fantastic views across the Brecon Beacons. The Trig point summit stands at 331m on a 2000yr old Iron Age Fort which makes it even more of a fascinating walk. The walk takes around 1-2hrs and is suitable for younger children, you can see a route map here.

4. Visit local Museums 

If you are into history then a visit to the Royal Welsh Museum which showcases 400yrs of history and is known for its 1st and 2nd World War and Zulu War collection. It may be a bit heavy for younger children but could be of interest to those 8yrs+ and while it's not the biggest museum there is a lot to see. There is a small entrance fee of £5 for adults and £2 for Children. 

Y Gaer Museum, Art Gallery and library has had a big refurbishment and is well worth a visit as they have some interesting and interactive galleries to explore including a reconstruction of a Victoria School Room and a full-size court. 


Brecon Hills

5. Indulge in OTT Burgers and Milkshakes at Hills

If your looking for an extra special foodie treat then head over to Hills, just outside of Brecon Town Centre (around a 1.5mile drive) and you won't be disappointed. All the produce is locally sourced from some of the best producers in Wales and while it is on the pricey side the burgers are huge and the milkshakes are truly indulgent and it comes with amazing views across the Beacons as well. They do get very busy so it's worth calling to reserve a table and it's both family and dog friendly. 

6. Go Alpaca Trekking

Only 10 minutes away from Brecon Town centre is Alpaca my Boots which offers fantastic Alpaca treks for all ages! It's a family-run business and the owners couldn't be more friendly and genuinely love what they do. They have an amazing location the Mynydd Illtud common and the walk takes you up to the Twyn Y Gaer trig point which offers views across the Brecon Beacons, taking in Pen Y Fan and Corn Du. My kids still talk about this 2yrs on and loved it! You can read my full blog post about our experience here.


Brecon Town


10 comments:

  1. Sounds like there are some great options here! I love the idea of the alpacca treks as that's something totally different than I've ever done before.

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  2. Brecon seems stunning wow...I would love to spend a couple of weeks there explore this beautiful area, love it.

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  3. I love the look of the alpacca trekking - what a cool and fun thing to do. And oh those views!

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  4. And then, personally, I find these beautiful activities suitable for both those who have children in their family and not. Really enjoyable!

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  5. I'd love to see all of these! I think I would definitely start with Brecon Basin. I love the look of the area.

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  6. I'm looking to take my family somewhere this summer in the UK. Brecon sounds lovely and I love that you can go alpaca trekking that sound s like something we'd all enjoy.

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  7. What a lovely day spent outdoors with the family. Wales is beautiful this time of year.

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  8. That place is so cool, I would love to pay a visit or a vacay with family soon.

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  9. Brecon, Wales sounds like such a fab place to head to with the family. I bet my children would love going for walks around the canals and enjoying the treats at Hills

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  10. Wow, Brecon looks like a great place to connect with nature, for the whole family! Perfect for the summer holidays, thank you for sharing.

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