The charming market town of Talgarth sits on the northern edge of the Brecon Beacons, also known as Bannau Brycheiniog.

Thought to be the medieval capital of the area that is now the national park, Talgarth is steeped in history and makes the perfect base for exploring South Wales.

From castles to forests, there is plenty to see in the town and even more to be reached with ease in the locality.

Brecon, Crickhowell and Abergavenny are a short drive away, while the Black Mountains loom large to the south-east.

Where to stay in Talgarth

Riverside International Caravan and Leisure Park is only a short walk from the town centre. The site has pitches and statics with panoramic views over the countryside.

Alternatively, there’s Anchorage Caravan Park, a neat site in the quiet village of Bronllys that is just over a mile from Talgarth.

If you’re thinking of heading to other parts of the country, be sure to check out our guide to the best caravan parks in Wales too.

What to do in Talgarth on Day 1

10am – Begin at Bronllys

Get your bearings in Talgarth with a visit to Bronllys Castle. The three-floor tower is the last remnant of an 11th-century motte and bailey structure, rewarding visitors with glorious views from the top. Then it’s a 15-minute walk into town, to the beautiful medieval church dedicated to St Gwendoline. Both sites are free to enter.

12pm – Lunch by the river

Grab lunch at local favourite, Gertie’s. Tucked away on the banks of the River Ennig, this pretty eatery serves homemade light bites and lunches. The café is part of the historic attraction of Talgarth Mill, which puts you in a good spot to visit there.

2pm – Mill and museum 

In the town centre, Talgarth Mill, run by volunteers, is a triumph of community spirit. Dating back to the 1700s, it’s now a museum, offering tours (£5pp) and charting the town’s history.

Talgarth Mill
Talgarth Mill has a 200-year-old water wheel – image: Targarth Mill

You can visit the mill, which still uses a 200-year-old water wheel, then pause at the café and artisan bakery.

Talgarth Mill’s Pobl Bakery – image: Talgarth Mill

Don’t miss the creative hub, selling local crafts and gifts, and the pretty riverside garden.

4pm – Walk in the forest

Time to make the most of the Brecon Beacons being on your doorstep! A short walk south of Talgarth, Pwll y Wrach Nature Reserve is tucked away in the bewitching forest alongside the River Ennig. Unspoilt and undisturbed, the area is home to interesting flora and fauna, including a colony of dormice, several waterfalls and the atmospheric Witches Pool.

7pm – Time to dine

After a busy day of sightseeing, you’re probably ready to enjoy a hearty dinner!

The New Gurkha Inn is a very popular spot in Talgarth, for its flavoursome food and friendly service. With a cosy pub setting, the restaurant offers Nepalese and Gurkha cuisine, including an excellent variety of curries and vegetarian options.

What to do on Day 2

10am – Court and castle

Take a 15-minute drive from Talgarth to the 14th-century Tretower Court and Castle. This striking estate spans 900 years of local history and has been meticulously restored. Explore the tower and the fine medieval buildings and gardens (with scenic picnic spots).

12pm – Café culture

Tucked away off the main road heading out of Bronllys is the charming Honey Café.

Offering an extensive menu of breakfasts, sandwiches, main meals and homemade cakes, much of their food is locally sourced – for example, their burger buns, which are supplied by Talgarth Mill’s Pobl Bakery.

2pm – Booktown

From the Honey Café, the world-renowned ‘booktown’ of Hay-on-Wye is less than a 15-minute drive away, on the England-Wales border.

One of Hay-on-Wye’s many independent bookshops – image: Sue Taylor

Comprising no fewer than 150 listed buildings, more than 20 bookshops, two castles and (technically) two countries, this chocolate-box pretty town is well worth a visit.

Hay Castle
Hay Castle makes an imposing venue for the famous literary festival

You can get lost among Hay’s cobbled streets, independent cafés and historic landmarks – just make sure to leave room in your bag to carry the books you’re certain to be buying!

4pm – Stroll in the meadow 

Get a breath of fresh air with a walk in The Warren, a peaceful meadow with dense woodland and a riverside beach. The area is a quick walk from the town centre, but feels secluded and quiet, with plenty of spots for a picnic, or a dip on a warm day.

7pm – Tasting menu

For dinner with a twist, treat yourself with a trip to Chapters, in the heart of Hay. The tasting menu is hugely popular, using seasonal foods. Much of their food is locally sourced – they forage for some ingredients.

The set menu costs £60pp.

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