Brecknockshire Tourist Guide

Discovering the secret that is Brecknockshire

Surrounded by Monmouthshire, Glamorgan, Herefordshire, Cardiganshire, Carmarthenshire and Radnorshire, the Counry of Brecon or Brecknockshire is one of the historic counties of Wales. Crickhowell, Talgarth, Ystradynglais, Brynmawr, Llanwrtyd, Hay-on-Wye, Builth Wells and Brecon are the major towns. The county boasts of spectacular views, and visitors will surely enjoy discovering the wonders of Brecknockshire. There are a lot of things to do in the county, and various activities cater to different tastes.

One of the places to visit is the Brecknock Museum and Library, which is considered as one of the liveliest museums in Wales. Although the museum is small, many people enjoy their time in the museum because of the many collections displayed in the museum. Archives, costumes, and fine art, among lots of other things are to be found in the museum. Visitors to the museum will get a pretty good idea of the art scene in the area, as the museum displays works of contemporary artists in Wales.

The museum aficionado will have a great time in the county, as there is another museum that allows visitors to learn about Brecknockshire’s past. The South Wales Borderers Museum also features an impressive collection of artifacts that tell the story of the county’s history. Weapons tracing back to the 18th Century are displayed in the museum. Replicas of the Victoria Crosses in the main room are also among the museum attractions. Visitors flock to the Zulu War Room, as this is the main attraction of the place; the artifacts in the room tell the story of the Anglo-Zulu war.

Brecknockshire is also home to the Wyeside Arts Center, which is a favored venue for live performances and film showings. The building was opened in 1877, and boasts of an interesting history that is tinged with a bit of controversy. Presently, the museum still offers to showcase the arts to visitors. The Castle Cinema was renovated in 2001; world-class facilities allow the audience to enjoy modern cinema in a historic venue.

A newer theater, the Theatr Brycheiniog, also offers theatrical performances that feature prominent groups like the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and the Royal National Theater. The theater was opened in 1997, and is located along Monmouthshire and the Brecon Canal.

What would a trip to the county be without seeing at least one castle? Like other counties, Brecknockshire allows visitors to see impressive structures that tell stories of the old times. The Bronllys Castle in Brecon used to be a Norman fortress, and has withstood the elements of time. The round keep was innovative back then because of its unusual shape; the keep’s shape makes it easier to repel missiles thrown at the structure. Although the structure is relatively less popular compared to other great castles in Wales, visitors are still intrigued by the structure. Public access is given at any reasonable time.

To learn more about the life in the olden times, one may opt to take riding lessons in the Golden Castle Riding Stables or the Ellesmere Riding Centre. Enjoying the sights on Brecknockshire while on horseback is one unusual experience, as it allows the tourists to imagine what it was like in the previous periods. The county may seem unassuming, but Brecknockshire is one secret that more and more travelers are starting to discover.