St Mary's Church is located in the town centre close to the Wellington Hotel, so it cannot be overlooked, but it seems to be much neglected because Brecon Cathedral gets all the fame.
I found this church very pretty, too, but unfortunately it was closed and so I could not enter.
St Mary's was originally a Norman church, but much of it was rebuilt in the 14th and 15th centuries, and again in the 19th century. The massive tower is from 1521 and is called Buckingham Tower, it was constructed by the Duke of Buckingham for military defense.
It really is a pity that it was not open, because according to the website, there are several very interesting features inside, including a Norman column, and a medieval ting tang bell which was used to call the priest.
Address: St Mary Street
Directions: In the southern part of the town centre, near the Wellington Hotel
Located at Wellington Square, the big, imposing building of the Wellington Hotel cannot really be missed. It seems to be a bit run down and could use a renovation, but I was still drawn to it because it had such a historical and interesting aura. It has an impressive Georgian façade and you can see the big gateway where the carriages were going through. It looks like coming straight out of a Regency novel!
Very close to the hotel, in front of St Mary's Church, there is a statue of the Duke of Wellington. It also incorporates a relief of the death of General Picton, a Welsh lieutenant general who served under Wellington. He died in Waterloo.
Address: The Bulwark
Directions: In the town centre
One of the most tranquil places i have been.
There is a waterfall called Water break it's neck that is well worth finding.
Also there is a old farm house that has become, well
just two wall's but the views are superb
And, if your spirit was so moved, you could stop by this Baptist church for a little spititual uplifting.
Well, that didn't take very long now did it? Here we are chilling out (don't use that word - it's too chilly today) in the Castle Hotel parlor in Brecon. Tea anyone??
Now, as luck would have it, they have SHOPPING in Brecon. Now, go figure :) And, here is Barbara who can't wait to perk up the ole Brecon economy a bit.
You can see Brecon over my right shoulder. We were a little chilly. Let's see if we can't find ourselves a cozy place to huddle up and have something warm to drink.