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When you reach the summit of Pen y Fan, you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views of the local area, or you can drop down to the River Wye to drift downstream and admire the beautiful landscapes by boat. This National Park was Wales’ first International Dark Sky reserve, making it a great place for some magical stargazing.
Visit the market town of Brecon, with a variety of local shops and eateries and the wondrous 11th century Brecon Cathedral. Pop into the Regimental Museum of the Royal Welsh to discover the history of the British army’s most famed regiments, or take a walk down the canal and stop for a drink at the Waterfront Café.
Other must-see places include Hay-on-Wye – this quaint market town boasts pretty architecture and a selection of independent shops and cafes. Perfect for literature lovers, Hay-on-Wye is the National Book Town of Wales, containing over twenty bookshops and hosting the annual Festival of Literature and Arts each year.
Why not discover Powys by train? Jump on the Brecon Mountain Railway, which sweeps along the length of the Ponsticill Reservoir.
Discover the mystical undercover caverns at the Dan yr Ogof National Showcaves of Wales. This fascinating attraction is a subterranean cave complex with mystical formations, stunning passageways, and cascading waterfalls. Back above ground, you’ll find a dinosaur park with over 200 life-sized models, and the Shire Horse Centre with a farmyard, horses, and several outdoor play areas.
Whether you’re taking a hot tub holiday with your family, besties, or your other half, Powys is packed with days out for those looking for adventure, fine-dining or some serious chilling out.
Powys Castle and Garden is a must-see – this medieval castle boasts sprawling gardens and dramatic views of the surrounding area. Discover this ancient mansion’s secrets, with a multitude of rooms to explore featuring a wide array of paintings, sculptures and tapestries. Take a stroll around the intricately designed gardens, or head to the Top Terrace and admire the panoramic and picturesque views.
There’s plenty of opportunity to get active in Powys, with heaps of adventure and activities. Hire a mountain bike and whiz across the Black Mountains Classic bike route, or head to the Llangorse Multi Activity Centre for caving, abseiling, and a chance to tackle the tree-top adventures. For those of you who like your sport a little more unique, take a trip to Llanwrttud Wells – a town famous for its intriguing sports, including bog snorkelling, stone skipping, and the annual Summer Cider Cycle!
Take your pick from a stunning selection of hot tub hideaways in Powys. Trewythen Lodges offers rustic accommodation with picturesque views and a wide range of massage and spa treatments available in the comforts of your own lodge. Head to Twin Rivers, offering unique accommodation with riverside views. The site has multiple amenities, including a swimming pool, play park, and a bar and clubhouse so you can enjoy a bite to eat at the end of a busy day exploring.
For pure tranquility, try Heronstone Lodges, offering a selection of delightfully designed lodges in the heart of Brecon Beacons National Park. With an array of rural walks and enchanting woodlands on your doorstop, you’ll have heaps to discover in this glorious nature resort.
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