History & Heritage
Walk through Crickhowell and step back in time. From the hilltop Iron Age fort of Crug Hywel to the longest stone bridge in Wales, dating from the 1700s, Crickhowell has much to offer those interested in history. The rich history of the town and the area add to the pleasure of exploring this beautiful area.
The World Heritage Site of Blaenavon, just a short drive from Crickhowell, was at the centre of many developments during the Industrial Revolution. The ironworks here, built in 1788, is one of the best preserved in the world
At the heart of Talgarth, powered by the flow of the River Ellywe, you will find Melin Talgarth Mill, a fully restored, 18th century flour mill
Tretower Court & Castle, just 5 klms/3 miles north-west of Crickhowell, has been a site of occupation for 900 years. The older castle ruin stands in the grounds of the court, home to the influential Vaughan family
Although built for a wealthy family to live in comfort, Raglan Castle has many defensive features and is the ideal setting for lively games of knights and warriors.
Cadw - Cilgerran Castle
One of the most spectacularly sited castles in Wales perched high on a promontory.
Cilgerran Castle, Cardigan, SA43 2SF or visit www.gov.wales/cadw for opening times
Cadw - Caerleon Roman Fortress and Baths
Picture life ina second century Roman Britan. You can explore the remains of a swimming pool that was once situated in the open air and held more than 80,000 gallons of water!
Carleon Roman Fortress, Caerleon, Newport. NP18 1AE or visit Cadw website for opening times.
Cadw - Tretower Court and Castle
Pretty castle and fair place. Of over 900 years Tretower Court and Castle has been altered, adjusted and adapted to keep up with the tastes of the time. Visit the recreated medieval kitchen and great hall dressed up as they have looked around 1470.
Tretower Coourt and Castle, Tretower, Crichowell. Powys. or visit Cadw website for opening times
National Trust - Dinefwr
Set in the middle of Dinefwr Park, Newton House was the home of the Rhys Family for centuries. Walk within the parkland, encounter White Park Cattle and follow pathways through ancient woodland.
Dinefwr, Llandelio, SA19 6RT. Dinefwr@nationaltrust.org.uk
The Hall at Abbey-Cwm-Hir
Within a setting of breathtaking beauty, history and romance. The Hall and it's 12 acres overlook St Marys Church and the ruins of Cistercian Abbey. 52 rooms contain their original features including fireplaces, bedooms with unique ceiling designs and cellar rooms with vaulted ceilings and pig salted slabs.
www.abbeycwmhir.com or tel: 01597 851727
Blaenavons Heritage Railway
Travel on the highest standard gauge railway in Wales and visit sites at the World Heritage Site on route.
The Railway Station, Furnance Sidings, Blaenavon, NP4 9AX
www.pbrly.co.uk or call: 01495 792263 for timetables and events
Brecon Mountain Railway
Steam into superb Scenery from Pant to Torpantau, high in the Brecon Beacons.
Free carparking, toilets and workshop viewing gallery.
For further information visit the website www.bmr.wales or call 01685 722988