From the Brecon Beacons National Park to Monmouth, South Wales Attractions
The drive from the Brecon Beacons National Park to Monmouth in South Wales includes the Brecon Beacons, one of the most beautiful parks in Wales, Hay-on-Wye and the Nelson Museum and Local History Center in Monmouth.
Brecon Beacons National Park is a scenic area of mountains. The park has numerous waterfalls, including the famous Henryd Falls. Evidence of Bronze Age Settlement has been found in some of the caves.
About 21mi/33.6km northeast of Brecon lies the small border town of Hay-on-Wye (pop. 2,000), which Richard Booth, a Welsh nationalist, declared an "independent kingdom" on April 1, 1977. With an eye to publicity the "King of Hay" named it "Booktown", as it has the most books per inhabitant in the world. The antiquarian bookshop belonging to the bibliophile Booth contains more than two million volumes.
This 10-day festival is considered by some critics to be the most important in the English-speaking world. The events run from late May to early June and include lectures and discussions as well as comedy and theatrical performances, and various types of musical concerts.
Crickhowell is a fine Welsh town.
Tretower Court and Castle
A late-medieval home set in the Usk Valley, Tretower Court lies midway between Abergavenny and Brecon. The oldest portion of the castle is the 13th C stone keep. Later additions have created the grand late-medieval country residence that stands today. Sir Roger Vaughan's garden is a medieval recreation.
Address: Tretower, Crickhowell NP8 1RF, Wales
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), Christmas Eve - Christian (Dec 24), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25), Day after Christmas, St Stephen's Day, Boxing Day (Dec 26)
Useful tips: Family (up to 2 adults and 3 children) Last admission half an hour before close.
Guides: Taped tours for rent.
Hill Valley Riding Centre
The center offers the opportunity to see the Brecon Beacons National Park on horseback. Basic tuition is provided but emphasis is put on trekking through the park. All rides are booked by the hour.
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