Photo: Capt’ Gorgeous

Affectionately known as the Mountain Centre, the Brecon Beacons Visitor Centre is situated near Libanus, just South-West of Brecon and is hailed as the most popular attraction in the Brecon Beacons National Park. Resting around 335 metres above sea-level, the centre offers unbelievable views of the surroundings, the most noticeable of which is Pen Y Fan – South Wales’ highest mountain.

The local countryside is the perfect place to go for a walk or a more energetic hike, whether on your own, with the kids or with friends. If you want some moderately graded walking then the moorland ridge nearby called Mynydd Illtyd is ideal.

Alternatively, you may just want to relax in the Mountain Centre’s own grassy field, which is popular for picnicking and for having a casual kick-about. The information section in the Centre is a great resource for finding out more about the National Park. It offers guide books and maps, as well as souvenirs to take home with you at the end of your trip. In addition to this there is an exhibition, which is a fantastic visual way for adults and children to learn about the Brecon Beacons mountain range and its history.

Opened in 1966, the Mountain Centre is fully equipped for the needs of every visitor. You can sit in the café and choose from a selection of hot and cold food that will give you a taste of Wales. And the on-site shop caters for the hikers among you who are looking to purchase walking equipment and detailed maps.

One of the most popular exhibits at the Visitor Centre is the three-dimensional relief map of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Similarly interactive is the short film about the Geopark and the geological display showcasing the rock types in the Brecon locality. There is something for everyone to see and do here if you want to spend an afternoon or are simply passing through.

 

Libanus, Brecon, Powys LD3 8ER

Tel: 01874 623 366

Opening Times: 9:30-4:30/6pm depending on the season. Closed Christmas Day.