The Brecon Beacons National Park Visitor Centre

The National Park Visitor Centre or ‘Mountain Centre’ is located 7km south west of Brecon and is one of the most popular visitor attractions in the Brecon Beacons National Park. The Centre stands 1100ft (330m) above sea level and offers stunning views of the highest mountains (Pen y Fan and Corn Du) in South Wales.

PAN06274 Mists of Pen y Fan


Established in 1957, the Brecon Beacons National Park was the latest of three national parks in Wales. The two other Welsh national parks, Snowdonia and the Pembrokeshire Coast, were created earlier in the 1950s.

The shop sells local crafts and arts from mid Wales, each day you'll be able to meet a crafter or artist behind the counter.

The visitor centre has a tea room below with benches outside for you to enjoy your food if you wish. With stunning views of Pen y Fan and Corn Du, children can play in the play area or families can wander on Mynydd Illtud common and up to the viewing point. 


Throughout the year the centre hosts activities for example star gazing - details on the Brecon Beacons Organisation website.. Other facilities include the popular tearooms serving local produce and home cooked food, and easy access toilet facilities. Outside, families and children can enjoy the large grassed area in front of the building for picnics or to play games.

The adjacent common land, Mynydd Illtyd, offers plenty of easy walks with fantastic views - follow these links for details
easier access guide to Mynydd Illtyd
An hour and a half circular route across Mynydd Illtyd.

For mountain biking there are two marked routes to choose from; the easy family Visitor Centre Route or the more challenging Mynydd Illtyd route, both of which can be found on the Brecon Beacons organisation website biking pages.