Brecon Town: Cathedral and Jazz
Brecon is a market town which is famed for its ancient Cathedral, its Georgian architecture and its Jazz Festival (held annually in August).
Brecon lies in the foothills of the Brecon Beacons and is a popular holiday base which offers a range of activities and leisure facilities. The town lies on the bank of the River Usk and is the terminus of the Monmouth and Brecon Canal.
In the town itself there are loads of narrow streets full of arts shops, gift shops and a few antiques shops, all individual, with independent shops dominating the town - no chain stores. The area around is wealthy farming country, more monied than the Upper Swansea Valley from which you will have journeyed from Craig y Nos Castle. This means Brecon is an economically prosperous town that has retained its olde worlde character and charm, despite the invasion of a few more modern looking shops in Bethel Square.
There are many attractions to visit including a Norman Cathedral with its own heritage centre. There are two museums: the South Wales Borderers Museum, which contains memorabilia of the Regiment's defence of Rourke's Drift and the Brecknock Museum which is situated in the Town's elegant former courthouse and is packed full of fascinating exhibits.
Of these, the Brecknock Museum is definitely worth popping in to if it is raining. If you are taking your dogs with you, and provided it is not a hot sunny day, you can take them for a walk along the 'promenade' - the river banks to the south of Brecon - before leaving them briefly in the car while you go into the museum. I have also walked my dogs on the lead around the town, once I have been sure they have had their comfort break on the country walks along the riverbank.
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