Castles, stones and relics

Discover the ultimate hidden gem, a land of tiny hamlets, ruined castles, Celtic stones and Neolithic relics. Potter Crickhowell’s boutiques and coffee shops, get pampered at Hillistic, and bring your boots for the Four Waterfalls Valley and Pen Y Fan. For furry friends and zip wires, it’s Raglan Park. And don’t forget the mountain railway. Tired yet?

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Country kids

Head into Abergavenny to catch the latest favourites at the Baker Street cinema. Have a fun day out at Raglan Farm Park, with over 20,000 sq. foot of indoor space including seven soft-play areas, zip wires, bouncy-castle barn, trampolines, slides, go-karts, pedal tractors, and a whole bunch of furry friends.

Head to Linda Vista Gardens for the glorious landscaping and bribe the kids with the play area. Or try Cantref, with animal shows every half an hour, pet handling, pony rides, pig and ferret racing, large indoor play area, ball cannons and Europe’s longest sledge ride.

See incredible sights from the top of a mountain without having to climb: hop aboard the Brecon Mountain Railway and see the Brecon Beacons in between the swirling steam. Or how about the Garwnant Visitor Centre, with its play area, low ropes course and Animal Puzzle Trail? Refresh in the restaurant.

Get another activity fix at Llangorse Multi-Activity Centre, including horse-riding on peaceful private bridleways, indoor climbing and bouldering, rope bridges, high-level cargo net, zip line and abseil tower. Not worn out yet? Then it’s on to Celtic Canoes, for half-day or full-day trips along the River Wye. Sleep tight.

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For the grown ups

The Brecon Beacons is the ultimate hidden gem, a land of quaint villages, tiny hamlets, ruined castles, Celtic stones and Neolithic relics. The Sunday Times labelled Crickhowell, just down the road, the best place to live in Wales. Potter the boutiques, coffee shops and restaurants and come during August for the Green Man festival.

Abergavenny offers much fine dining, including a Michelin-starred restaurant, and an annual food festival in September. In Brecon, discover the Welsh Regimental Museum and Brecon Cathedral, and the summer jazz festival. Or sharpen your swing at Wernddu Golf Club with a background of hills, woods and wildlife.

Hiking? Bring your boots; there’s nowhere better. Start with the Four Waterfalls Valley, then climb 2900-foot Pen Y Fan, South Wales’ highest peak, or Sugar Loaf Mountain with stunning views of Abergavenny and the surrounding massif. Or come in the spring to enjoy the annual Crickhowell Walking festival.

Give your feet a rest and get pampered at Hillistic, with massage therapy, yoga and mindfulness coaching. Or try There She Glows for wellbeing pamper packages, enjoyed from the comfort of Brecon View Lodge’s spa area, including gel nails, facials and waxing. Recover with a marmalade negroni sour in The Towpath.