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Things to do in Powys

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
National Park
“Great place for walking with fantastic scenery - or - just an afternoons drive past the beautiful reservoirs. 20 miles away”
  • 72 locals recommend
History Museum
“Big Pit National Coal Museum is an industrial heritage museum in Blaenavon, Torfaen, Wales. A working coal mine from 1880 to 1980, it was opened to the public in 1983 under the auspices of the National Museum of Wales.”
  • 46 locals recommend
Park
“This was the first national park in the UK...and you can understand why. It is quite simply stunning. There are a range of landscapes from snow covered mountains to caves and lowland rivers.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Castle
“A most beautiful border castle. It is still fully intactic and looks as if it is still lived in today. There is always something new to see and the gardens are spectacular. You could easily spend the whole day here. Very nice courtyard café. ”
  • 41 locals recommend
Mountain
“The highest mountain in Southern Britain with truly spectacular views from the summit. It is said that if you stand on Pen y Fan and look northwest, you can see all the way to Snowdon. Visit Wales website / Crowning Glory for more details of walks.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Michelin star restaurant who resident chef is Shaun Hill creates some of the best food in the area. A special place for the right ocasion”
  • 26 locals recommend
Cave
“Dan yr Ogof located at the National Showcase Centre for Wales, is a 17km (11 mile) long cave system in South Wales, about 5 miles (8km) north of Ystradgynlais and 15 miles southwest of Brecon, in the Brecon Beacons National Park. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Well respected chef Stephen Terry has developed The Hardwick to be one of the most popular restaurants in the region”
  • 24 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Lots of interesting ideas and information - for reducing our carbon footprint ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Trail
“Beautiful walks and cycle tracks through beautiful scenery. Red Kites are abundant here - especially at feeding time! There's a great cafe too with HD CCTV to watch the kites in comfort. A shortish, reasonably level walk, passes kite viewing points and hides.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Hotel
“One of my favourite places to visit! Boats can be rented from one of the small businesses and there's a walk to a lovely waterfall. ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Nature
“The choice of activities is endless everything from the worlds busiest mountain Snowdon, to places where you have world class views all to your self, host happy to advise”
  • 14 locals recommend
Bike Trail
“The place to head for mountain bike trails for a range of abilities (and bike hire), trail running routes, walks to epic waterfalls and a good cafe.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Llyn Syfadan - the largest natural lake in South wales, famous for coarse fishing and watersports.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Hotel
“Voted the best AA hotel in Wales. Renowned for afternoon teas and voted the best afternoon tea in the UK in 2018. Large bar & dining area which boasts outdoor courtyard dining in the summer & a Swiss Ski chalet in the winter.(PF)”
  • 21 locals recommend
Bar
“For a treat, this is a really warm and welcoming dining pub with fantastic food, although not cheap. www.eatdrinksleep.ltd.uk”
  • 25 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Michelin star restaurant who resident chef is Shaun Hill creates some of the best food in the area. A special place for the right ocasion”
  • 26 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Well respected chef Stephen Terry has developed The Hardwick to be one of the most popular restaurants in the region”
  • 24 locals recommend
Bar
“For a treat, this is a really warm and welcoming dining pub with fantastic food, although not cheap. www.eatdrinksleep.ltd.uk”
  • 25 locals recommend
Gastropub
“If you’ve booked an escape away and want a special meal, then this is the perfect place!”
  • 15 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Lovely family run restaurant, slightly hidden away but very popular with locals. Great Pizza & Pasta and normally a good atmosphere.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Pub
“Brilliant traditional country pub, serves great food. In the centre of Crickhowell, 8 min drive away. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Café
“5 minutes walk away. Stunning views of the Black Mountains. Can sit outside. We love the black bean quesadillas with curly fries.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Trail
“One of only two Michelin featured restaurants in the area. Gastro pub in an historic old inn. Great food and great service.”
  • 8 locals recommend

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