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.


 

Tretower Court & Castle

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

 

Partrishow Church

A wonderful small church hidden away in the hills with some surprises inside

 

Big Pit, Blaenavon

A visit not to be missed when visiting South East Wales. Unrivalled experiences of an authentic coal mine with visits guided by miners who once worked in the coal pits but there is so much more to see, if you wish to stay above ground

 

Cwmyoy Church

The leaning church of the Black Mountains – even the tower leans more than the leaning tower of Pisa!

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