Sightseeing tours allow our customers to see a far larger area of the Brecon Beacons National Park than our Walking Tours. As the National Park is so big - it would take two hours just to drive from the easternmost point to the westernmost point - it is too large to see it all in a single day. We therefore offer five separate sightseeing tours that visit different areas of the National Park and some areas just outside its boundaries.
How to choose a Sightseeing Tour
Our sightseeing tours not only visit different areas of the National Park, they also have different themes and differing amounts of walking, as indicated by the hiking boot symbols (see explanation box below).
1. History & the Whole Park: This tour is our only tour that visits (or has close views of) all five different mountains areas of the National Park. The mountain areas are explained on Map 2 at the bottom of the page. As well as having great views of all the different parts of the National Park, the tour is visits a great array of historical and archaeological sites, including Carreg Cennen Castle in the far west of National Park which has been described as Wales' most romantic castle. Due to the larger area covered it has more vehicle time and less walking than the other tours. It also costs more due to the higher mileage and castle entrance fee included in the price.
2. Heart of the Park & Waterfall Country: This is our most outdoorsy tour with over four miles of walking. It is also one of our most popular due to the fact that most visitors come to the National Park to enjoy the mountains and waterfalls. The National Park as has the highest mountains in southern Britain, the greatest concentration of waterfalls in Britain and the largest cave network in north-western Europe. This tour visits all these sites and a real highlight is to walk behind either Sgwd-yr-Eira or Sgwd Henrhyd waterfalls. If you really love waterfalls you should also consider our Waterfall Country Walking Tours which visits even more waterfalls, but this sightseeing tour is a great choice if you want less walking or want to see the waterfalls and other areas of the National Park.
3. Hobbits & World Heritage: This is a themed tour which in addition to having fine mountain views and a waterfall walk, explores the industrial archaeology of the Blaenavon World Heritage Site both inside and just outside the National Park boundary. It also visits sites within the National Park that inspired J R R Tolkien when he wrote the The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. A real highlight of this tour is an underground mine tour in the Big Pit National Coal Museum of Wales.
4. Mountains, Monks & Books: This very popular tour is a general interest tour that has a little bit of everything. It is set in the Black Mountains in the north east of the National Park, and features beautiful churches, the ruins of Llantony Priory, the highest road in Wales and the option of climbing Lord Hereford's Knob/Twmpa. A real highlight of the tour is the charming town of Hay-on-Wye which is known as 'Second hand book-shop capital of the world'. The tour also features a waterfall, a castle and Wales's largest natural lake.
5. Castles, Conquest & Power: This tour is a special interest tour for those who really love castles. Wales has over 700 castles - more castles per square mile than any other nation on earth! The Brecon Beacons National Park and adjacent areas has its fair share of castles too, including Raglan Castle which is one of Wales' finest. This tour visits seven castles and two medieval manor houses. It is set both within the National Park and just outside it, in fact one of the castles is just across the border in England, although it was in Wales when it was built!