Brecon stands at the confluence of the Honddu and Usk rivers, in a pastoral vale presided over by the peaks of the Brecon Beacons. 

Brecon1.jpg (6922 bytes)The Guildhall, pretty and cream-washed in its upper stories, stands opposite the inn named after the actress Sarah Siddons, born there in 1755. Narrow streets and alleyways lead in all directions from a central square overlooked by a statue of Wellington and the tall, 16th century sandstone tower of St Mary's Church. 
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Remnants of the castle still survive, incorporated today into the fabric of the Castle of Brecon Hotel.



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The Cathedral Church of St John, nearby, fully deserves its grandiose title of Brecon Cathedral. This vast medieval Church is much restored, but with many a gem, in particular the beautiful lancet windows of the chancel. Originally a priory church, it became a cathedral in 1923, serving the diocese of Swansea and Brecon.

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