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What to do locally in South Wales - dog friendly and human friendly


What to do Locally

As well as the below, see also our one week's touring itinerary with a whole schedule of ideas for what to do over a week's stay.

Also visit Places to see on our Brecon Beacons Hotel site. If you have dogs check out our 'dogs days out' page on the Brecon Hotels website. Review the Brecon Beacons Hotel site generally under 'Walks / Touring' and our 'Dog friendly Wales' website under 'Jacks Days Out' for further ideas of where to go and what to do.

You'll be surprised how much there is to see and do in this part of South Wales and in the Brecon Beacons area generally.



Description / What it is


Share the Experience Ghost Tour

Craig y Nos Castle

£10 a head if resident at farm, or £49/ head with B&B at castle


All Night Investigation

Craig y Nos Castle

£35 a head if at farm, inc dinner, or £99/ head D,B&B at Castle


History Tour

Craig y Nos Castle

History Tour 2 hours around Craig Y Nos Castle, from 10:30 am


Walk in Country Park

Craig y Nos Country Park

Visit the Country Park, dine in Country Park cafe


Henrydd Waterfalls Walk

Just outside the farm

Walk here from the farm


Brecon Mountain Centre Walks


Large open mountain with loads of sheep and walks


Lady of the Lake Arthurian legend

Trecastle road

Lake is difficult to find, a good climb, need to be fit


Oxwich Bay Walk


Lovely beach but avoid Gower at weekends; go midweek


Penwyllt Rail Tracks Walk

Btwn castle and farm

Local lane - drive and park at old railway station


Rhossilli Bay


Massively long beach, good for kite flying and surfing


Usk Reservoir circular walk

Towards Trecastle

Excellent circular walk 2 hours to walk all around it


Ystradfelte Waterfalls

Glynneath area

Worth including but a bit of a maze of lanes to get to


Elan Village Reservoirs

Further away!

Lovely driving country and a cafe and visitors centre


Llyn Brianne Reservoirs Drive

Long day out driving

More lovely driving country and lots of impressive dams


Talybont on Usk Reservoir

Near Brecon

Brecon Beacons mountainous area


Tenby Town and Bay

2 Hours to Tenby

Trippery town in a nice 1950's way, nice colourful painted houses


Talley Abbey and Forest

A day out

A nice view when get to top of the Forest paths, old abbey ruin


Laugharne Castle Dylan Thomas

A day out, Laugharne

(1) Castle (2) Dylan Thomas and (3) Coastal walks


Gorge Walking

Brecon Beacons

If you are into getting very wet, adventurous outdoor sport this!


Welsh Show Caves - Dan y Ogof

500 yds North of Castle

Worth a visit, especially if a rainy day: allow 2 hours & lunch cafe


Animal Sanctuary Cefn y Erw

1 mile from farm

Rather a small zoo of cages in a field, but close enough!


Brecon Mountain Railway

Merthyr Tydfil

Worth a ride on the train, or just walk the path alongside track


Visit the town of Brecon


Half a day at least wandering the streets of this Market town


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Discover everything you need to know about what to do and what to see, when you are here.


Dogs & Local Walks on Craig y Nos Castle's doorstep
(free parking at the Castle)

1. Dog Walks in the Country Park - Meadow Walks
2. Dog Walks in the Country Park - Woodland Walks
3. Dog Walks up our nearest Mountain, returning via the Welsh Show Caves - Mountain Walk


Dog friendly Nearby Walks
(taking the car a short distance)
Visit www.dogfriendlywales.com

1. Dog Walks at the Brecon Mountain Centre Walk
2. Local Waterfalls Walk - Henrhyd Waterfalls Walk (you will be able to walk to this from the farm if weather is fine for a longer stroll - walk up the farm track, turn right on to the single track lane and after a mile you will come to it)
3. Local Mountain Lake Walk - Lady of the Lake of Arthurian Legend Walk
4. Coastal Sandy Beaches Walk - Oxwich Bay Walk and Rhossili Beach Walk
5. Circular 2 hour all the round the Reservoir Walk - Usk Reservoir Walk


Touring and Scenery - further afield
Visit www.dogfriendlywales.com

5. Dinefwr Castle and Parkland (National Trust)
10. Many more Outings with Dogs - another huge resource of dog friendly outings (most allow dogs - exceptions are advised on our list)
11. Suggested Itinerary of what to do and see in the area, on a 4 or 5 day break


History & Renovation

2. See the Transformation of the Conservatory from derelict shell to Wedding Venue
3. Landscaping the theatre Gardens and Exterior work
5. Restoration of the large sitting room - the Nicolini Lounge
6. Conversion of the old Aviary into a Sports room and Spa
8. History of the Castle - First Owner
9. History of the Castle - Adeline Patti
10. Adelina Patti Recordings and the Recording Industry
11. Nicolini Lounge in Historical times - with old pictures
12. Function room in Historical times - with old pictures
13. The Conservatory in Historical times - with old pictures
13. How Craig y Nos Castle's Winter Gardens become the Patti Pavilion in Swansea


Ghosts & Ghouls

1. The Share the Experience Ghost tour for groups of ten or more to arrange their own group tour (minimum 10)
2. The G.H.O.S.T. tour - a once monthly History and Ghost tour which individuals and couples can book on to without organising their own group tour (maximum 15 on each monthly tour)
3. Ghost Stories, Room 36, Patti Bar fireplace, the old staircase, and see the site for more stories and history


Regular Visitor Discounts - via our Members Club

Discounts apply for regular guests. Membership of the Castle Club is free - but you make advance payments of £30 PCM by standing order to build up a Members Balance. You then use your Members Balance for Castle services, discounted B&B, meals, drinks, self-catering stays at the farmhouse etc. Substantial discounts apply which make it worth joining if you are planning on being a regular visitor.

So if you are planning to visit Craig y Nos Castle at least once or twice a year, membership is an option worth considering. You are also able to book friends and relatives in at the same discounts you personally can enjoy, when making a booking under your own name. Visit www.membersdiscountclub.com for more details.

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