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“A beautiful and unusual spot”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Brecon Cathedral

Brecon Cathedral
Ranked #1 of 27 things to do in Brecon
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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“A beautiful and unusual spot”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2014

I've been to Brecon Cathedral many times, and it is unusual as well as beautiful. It is a community spot as well as a Church, with a cafe inside (wi fi as well!) and various community activities. A free hearing clinic was being held last week when I was there. And it is thrumming with activity on Brecon's "Jazz Saturdays." It's a spot where you can see what's going on in Brecon.

The Church itself is lovely and services are beautiful, with a calming and informal atmosphere. Lots of families and children come to these services, and everyone is quite welcoming---with true Welsh hospitality.

Visited August 2014
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Reading, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful and Historic”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2014

We went to use Cathedral as part of the Brecon Jazz Festival. Where we saw two artists. The atmosphere of the place is brilliant, the historical context very real. The military area very moving in today's context and a little gem for visitors in. Lovely town.

Visited August 2014
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Brecon, United Kingdom
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“visit here”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2014

Fantastic building outside and inside with some lovely walks around the area. The history within this Cathedral goes back many years. Worth visiting the tea shop within the grounds to, fantastic fresh food available.

Visited June 2014
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“A beautiful, quaint cathedral.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2014

There are perhaps bigger, and more majestic Cathedrals in Wales and England. But none that are so delightfully quaint and as pretty as Brecon. The Harvard Chapel commemorating the 24th Foot is very impressive, and full of history. Look for the colours that were "lost" in the Tugela river, Zululand. We're not religious or regular churchgoers, but it's a delight to go to the service here, when we're in Brecon.
God willing, we'll be back again for the Isandhlwana & Rorke's Drift commemoration in January 2015.

Visited August 2014
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“Lovely church, welcoming people, and interesting history”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2014

We toured the cathedral July 23rd. We had been staying in Swansea for a few nights and decided to venture north to tour the cathedral before heading home. The drive from Swansea to the cathedral is picturesque as it takes you through Brecon Beacons National Park. The navigation did a good job of getting us to the cathedral, though the turn onto Pendre Close (where the small car park is located for the cathedral) is on a hill and around a slight bend, so be sure to go slow as you approach.

There was a fair amount of empty spaces available in the car park, and we stopped around 1:00 PM on a weekday. We entered the cathedral through the churchyard (there was signage directing the way). Once you enter the cathedral there are stands with information about the church, complete with pamphlets. There is also a donation box beyond the font going towards the entrance from the cathedral close. There is no fee to tour the church, but donations are welcomed. We made our donation and picked up a pamphlet that highlights some key aspects of the cathedral. This makes for a nice guide to take you through the church; however, if you are looking for something more detailed, then I do recommend actually visiting the gift shop first, which you’ll find off the cathedral close beside the Pilgrim’s tea room. There you can purchase a nice souvenir guidebook that gives a more thorough overview of the church’s history and features.

Some of the main highlights include the remarkable Norman (or possibly pre-Norman) font, the 17th century wall paintings at the crossing, the fifteenth and sixteenth century carved cabinets, and the artwork, like William Strutt’s inspiring “Peace.” The stained glass windows are also very nice. There is much to see, so be sure to take your time as you walk through the church. If you don’t get the more detailed guidebook from the gift shop, you will still find information set out in the chapels and near various points of interest so you can learn more about what you see.
After we toured the church, we visited the gift shop and the Pilgrim’s tea room for lunch. There are daily specials and they also have menus on the tables with a list of regularly served items. I opted for a pasta dish, which came with two salads, and it was very good. Everyone in my party was happy with their chosen lunches. The staff was also very friendly and helpful. We sat outside, but there is a good amount of seating both inside and outside to suit anyone’s preference. It was a great way to finish our outing in Brecon.

If you will be in Brecon Beacons National Park, then I do recommend visiting the Brecon Cathedral.

Visited July 2014
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