Should you find yourself in Bannau Brycheiniog (Brecon Beacons) on the rare occasion it rains, we thought we’d give you some ideas on what to do whether you are visiting as a family, individuals or as a group.
10 Ideas for things to do in the rain in Bannau Brycheiniog (Brecon Beacons)
It has been known for us here in Bannau Brycheiniog (Brecon Beacons) to experience some light rain from time to time. However that shouldn’t deter you from getting out and about and trying some must do experiences even in wet conditions.
In fact many of experiences are heightened in terms of their impact in wet conditions. So here’s our choice. You may have your own…
1. Dan Yr Ogof Showcaves
Bannau Brycheiniog (Brecon Beacons) National Park encompasses some of the most important cave systems in Europe and is just as spectacular beneath the surface as it is above. The National Showcaves Centre, at Dan-yr-Ogof in the upper Swansea Valley, Dan-yr-Ogof, has three separate cave systems and is one of the most popular visitor attractions in the National Park.
Voted Britain’s favourite Natural Wonder. Most people just think of the Park as having big mountains, jaw dropping landscapes and big skies but don’t think about the unique environment that lies just beneath their feet. Come face-to-face with dinosaurs or just visit the Shire Horse Centre.
It doesn’t matter what the weather as the more the rain the better for this special adventure activity – canyoning. This is white water rafting without the raft so the more water in the river the better as it means we can play around more! So bring on the rain! You descend a stunning steep sided gorge by various ways and means.
This can involve sliding down rapids, swimming down rapids, floating down fast flowing chutes and waves, walking behind some breathtaking waterfalls and of course jumping off those jaw dropping waterfalls.
3. Welsh Whisky
Taste the only Welsh Whisky in the World and see how it’s made with a guided tour at the Penderyn Distillery. If it’s raining outside then it gives a new meaning to the phrase whisky with water!
4. Brecon Mountain Railway
Take a ride on the Brecon Mountain Railway, one of the most popular railways in Wales and travel in an observation car pulled by a vintage steam locomotive through beautiful scenery. The station is 1,134 feet above sea level and the line will take you from there into the heart of Bannau Brycheiniog (Brecon Beacons) Mountain Range, along the eastern side of Pontsticill reservoir with commanding views of the highest mountain in southern Britain; Pen Y Fan.(889mtrs). You can sit in enclosed carriages and admire the scenery as it slips past.
5. Visit the South Wales Borderers Museum
The museum collection is comprised of artefacts obtained from worldwide sources that reflect the history and character of the Royal Regiment of Wales that has existed for over 300 years. The Medal Room contains nearly 3,000 medals. The main attraction in the museum is the Zulu War Room.
The exploits of the 24th Regiment during the 1879 Anglo-Zulu War are legendary. Sir Stanley Baker developed further interest with his film ‘Zulu’ in 1964. The film recreated the events surrounding the heroic defence of Rorke’s Drift by B Company, 2/24th in the Zulu war of 1879. The Zulu War Room tells this compelling story, and contains a fascinating display of artefacts.
6. Play Barn at Brynich
The Play Barn is an award winning indoor play centre, offering adventure, exercise, exploration and excitement for children in a clean, safe, stimulating environment. That’s not all – comfy sofas, delicious coffees, together with tasty homemade meals and cakes means that a trip to the Play Barn is a treat for all the family! A great family venue on a rainy day.
7. Visit the Magnificent Waterfalls
You might ask yourself why would I want to be outdoors on a rainy day in Bannau Brycheiniog (Brecon Beacons) and our answer is why wouldn’t you. This is the best time to experience the awesome force of water by viewing some of the most spectacular waterfalls Britain has to offer. It’s a sensory experience not to be missed.
Not only do you get to see this awe inspiring sight but you are also hit by a wall of sound and the closer you get the more spray you get on your face!
8.Craig y Nos Castle
Situated in the picturesque upper Swansea valley amidst the grandeur of Bannau Brycheiniog (Brecon Beacons) National Park, Craig-Y-Nos Castle and grounds were once the estate of the celebrated opera diva Madam Adelina Patti. During her lifetime (1843 – 1919) she became one of the worlds most famous and highly rewarded entertainers, the Madonna or Kylie of her day!. She travelled extensively but liked nothing better than entertaining her friends at Craig-Y-Nos.
In 1891 she opened the theatre, she had built at the side of the castle, which included state of the art technology for the time and was to be her miniature La Scala, Milan, It is well worth a visit and incorporates features from Wagner’s Bayreuth Festspielhaus opera house in Germany and the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London. Over the years the castle has taken on the role of family home as well as a hospital and today it is a hotel and conference facility.
9. Brecon Museum
Brecknock Museum & Art Gallery, is one of the finest and liveliest small museums in Wales. First established in 1928 by the Brecknock Society, it occupies an historic building at the heart of an outstandingly attractive area with a rich and varied past. It offers fascinating glimpses of this past.
The Exhibition programme is exciting, varied and strongly features the work of Contemporary artists living and working in Wales.
10. Cantref Adventure Farm
There is plenty to do at Cantref Adventure Farm and is a great day out no matter what the weather is. Slide at speed down Europe’s longest sledge ride or take part on the family boat ride,; paddle the children’s paddle boats or test your balance on our wooden agility course.
There are a wide range of animals from sheep, donkeys, pigs to lamas and water buffalo. Throughout your visit you will see many of the animals whether it be part of a pet handling show or on a tractor and trailer ride.
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