Top things to do

Top Choice Mountain in Brecon Beacons National Park

Pen-y-Fan

Ascending Pen-y-Fan (886m), the tallest peak in the Brecon Beacons, is one of the most popular hikes in the park (around 350,000 people make the climb annually, giving it the nickname 'the motorway'). The shortest r…
Top Choice Church in Black Mountains (Y Mynyddoedd Duon)

St Issui's Church

Halfway up a thickly forested hillside in the Vale of Eywas, this tiny 11th-century church is like a time capsule of Welsh faith and culture, buried too deeply in these hills ever to change. Astonishing as it is in …
Top Choice Castle in Fforest Fawr & Black Mountain

Carreg Cennen

Dramatically perched atop a steep limestone crag, high above the River Cennen, are the brooding ruins of Wales' ultimate romantic castle, visible for miles in every direction. Originally a Welsh castle, the current …
Top Choice Literature in Hay-on-Wye (Y Gelli Gandryll)

Hay Festival

The 10-day Hay Festival is Britain's leading festival of literature and the arts – a kind of bookworms' Glastonbury. Like an iconic music festival, it has the gravity to attract the brightest stars in its corner of …
Top Choice Ruins in Fforest Fawr & Black Mountain

Garn Goch

You're likely to have the impressive remains of Garn Goch to yourself. One of the largest Iron Age sites in Wales, it comprises a smaller hill fort covering 1.5 hectares, and a much larger one of 11.2 hectares. Whil…
Top Choice Modern British in Hay-on-Wye (Y Gelli Gandryll)

St John's Place

St John's Place is only open two nights a week and offers only three 'plates' alongside a wider range of 'bar snacks', but this narrow focus seems to allow the kitchen plenty of room for experimentation and aspirati…
Top Choice Spanish in Hay-on-Wye (Y Gelli Gandryll)

Tomatitos Tapas Bar

Friendly, bustling Tomatitos combines the atmosphere of everyone's favourite pub with an España-centric menu. Staples such as tortilla and chorizo in cider aside, daily specials feature guest stars such as roasted p…
Top Choice Ruins in Black Mountains (Y Mynyddoedd Duon)

Llanthony Priory

Halfway along the impossibly beautiful Vale of Ewyas lie the atmospheric ruins of this Augustinian priory, set among pasture and wooded hills by the River Honddu. Perhaps the second most important abbey in Wales whe…
Top Choice Books in Hay-on-Wye (Y Gelli Gandryll)

Richard Booth's Bookshop

The most famous and still the best, Booth's is a thing of beauty – from the exquisite tiling on the outside to the immaculately catalogued shelves within (a far cry from the teetering piles of its early years). Ther…
Top Choice Historic Building in Crickhowell (Crughywel)

Tretower Court & Castle

Originally the home of the Vaughan family, Tretower gives you two historic buildings for the price of one: the sturdy circular Norman keep, now roofless and commanding only a sheep-nibbled bailey, and a 15th-century…