This prosperous, picturesque, flower-bedecked village grew up around a Norman motte-and-bailey castle and a ford on the River Usk. All that remains of the castle are a few tumbledown towers, and the ford was superseded in the 17th century by the elegant stone bridge leading to the neighbouring village of Llangattock. The bridge is famous for having 12 arches on one side and 13 on the other.
There's not a lot to see in Crickhowell itself, but with a good clutch of independent shops to peruse it's a pleasant place for an overnight stop, and it's handily close to the Brecon Beacons and the Vale of Ewyas. The town's fiercely protective of its locally owned stores, banding together in 2015 to stymie an unwanted supermarket. Crickhowell has also staged a highly publicised tax revolt, protesting against offshore corporate tax havens by simply setting up one of its own.