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A bustling market town in mid-Wales, Brecon sits at the foothills of the Brecon Beacons National Park in the county of Powys. Rich in ancient history, the town is famous for its Georgian and Jacobean architecture and the ancient Brecon Cathedral. Dating back to Norman times, the cathedral is set in a walled close containing what are considered to be the most unique group of monastic buildings in Wales.
Given its location, outdoor pursuits are a key attraction for those living and working in and around Brecon, however arts and culture are also well catered for. The town boasts a heritage centre, galleries, museum, cinema, theatre and even an annual Jazz Festival which takes place every August. A popular location for walking, the promenade along the banks of the River Usk which flows through Brecon, is one of many vantage points from which to enjoy the town and its surrounding scenery. Home to over 37 miles of carefully restored award winning waterways, the Monmouth and Brecon Canal dates back to 1797 and links Brecon with Newport. The canal is carried across the River Usk by a magnificent stone aqueduct just outside of the town.
A thriving community with a strong military background, Brecon town has a population of around 8,020 and is the third largest town in Powys. People living in and around Brecon are more likely to be well educated compared to the rest of Wales.
Whilst the area is known for its links to work and opportunities in agriculture, recent census information (2013) shows that more than 13.4% of people in the Brecon Beacons area work in wholesale and retail, and more than 14% in health and social work.
There are a wide variety of schools and colleges in Brecon, however the town’s rural location means that pupils can expect school bus journeys of over an hour. The area offers quality education for children from nursery care and primary provision through to further education and even military training. Coleg Powys is located on the northern edge of Brecon and provides both vocational and academic courses. It has three main campuses and an outreach centre, as well as providing facilities and teaching for students studying towards degrees accredited by the University of Wales. Coleg Powys will merge with Neath Port Talbot College in August 2013, expanding its offering to include 12 campuses serving 18,000 students across Wales.
The town is also home to the prestigious Christ College, founded by Henry VIII. An independent co-educational boarding and day school, it caters for pupils aged from 11-18 years and has been ranked in the top three (in terms of value for money) of all UK Independent Schools by the Financial Times newspaper. The Infantry Battle School in Brecon delivers training for Officers and soldiers to meet the operational requirements of the Infantry, Army and Defence, running command and leadership training, infantry tactics and weapons qualifications as well as specialist training for assisting foreign forces.
Whilst the surrounding area is largely rural, Brecon is within reach of the UK motorway network via nearby A40 and A470 links. As the gateway to the Brecon Beacons, the geographical location is more suited to car travel, though care should be taken and consideration given to the terrain and weather.
Public transport is limited but there are regular bus services in and around Brecon. Air and rail travel can be accessed in Cardiff, which is approximately an hour and a half away by car.
Amenities and shopping
Brecon is home to a wide range of independent and high street stores as well as the Bethel Square Shopping Centre, and local produce and crafts are readily available. A livestock market is held twice a week and there is a craft market every third Saturday of the month. Quality food and drink is served in a selection of traditional pubs and inns, as well as local cafés and bistros.
The town has a selection of outdoor and leisure facilities serving those interested in pursuits including pot holing, kayaking, walking, mountain biking, gliding and sailing.
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