HISTORY OF THE BRECON CASTLE
Kindly written by Edward Parry, Christ College, Brecon. 1988
The Brecon Beacons and the Brecon area have a long history of human habitation.
Early settlements were mainly on the hilltops as the valleys would have been regularly flooded and covered in dense forest.
Evidence has been found of the manufacture of flint tools on the castle site, dating back 4000 to 5000 years. North West of the hotel is the remains of Pen-y-Crug, an Iron Age hill fort.
It may well have been occupied when the Romans arrived - Two miles to the west of Brecon lays Y-Gaer. A roman fort covering nearly 5 acres - The fort was built around 5O AD and may have been occupied as late as 300 AD.
The first regiment in occupation probably came from North West Spain.
Brecon was a Roman crossroads and some Roman roads remain visible on the Beacons even today.
In the fifth Century the local ruler is said to have sent....read more...
Functions at the Castle of Brecon Hotel
With its late Regency Ballroom, medieval castle lounge, Georgian Restaurant and private Usk Suite, The Brecon Castle is the ideal place for a casual lunch, dinner or banquet.
Formerly an 11th Century Norman Castle, then an early coaching inn and later the residence of the Morgans of Tredegar Park, in 1809 part of the castle ruins and outbuildings were renovated by Sir Charles Morgan to become one of the first ‘modern’ hotel in Wales.
Come and visit us, look around our Hotel, bedrooms, castle, riverside and mountain-view gardens and facilities.
Castle Lounge and Terrace Bar
Beacons View Restaurant
The Regency Ballroom is traditionally decorated with high ceilings. An atmospheric room that seats up to 120. The Ballroom is ideal for Weddings and large functions, it is also used for Exhibitions and seminars, and is used as a regular venue during the Brecon Jazz festival.
A delightful, Georgian room, with two cosy fireplaces and superb mountain views. Visitors may relax here from early morning with freshly ground coffee or our selection of teas. Our Terrace bar provides excellent food with a twist, local real ales and wines in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.
The Crug Room is used for private dinners, meetings and can accommodate up to 40 covers (Dinner), and 70 for meetings.
A double-aspect Georgian dining and games room with a table that seats up to 20 people. Authentic Georgian panelling and real fire.
The Usk suite is ideal for private meetings and due to it's location close to the bar area it is also a great place for private dining functions.
The Beacons view restaurant has imposing views of the Brecon Beacons, and overlooks the Castle Garden. Seating up to 30, the Restaurant provides an intimate dining experience with linen napkins and tablecloths adding to the experience.
Weddings at the Castle of Brecon Hotel
From intimate gatherings to large weddings, Brecon Castle is ideal for the bride and groom looking for a traditional venue with professional service and old-fashioned values. The building is an historic site linking back to the foundation of the town; a coaching inn, which grew out of the ruins of the castle and in 1809, became one of the first modern hotels in Wales.
The Castle retains the warmth and character of a coaching inn and the Regency Ballroom, with the adjoining remains of the Great Hall of Brecon Castle, is undoubtedly the most attractive and historic venue in Mid-Wales. The Brecon Beacons dominate the town and provide a picturesque backdrop to our ballroom and our gardens.
The team at the Castle is made up of dedicated professionals and our aim is to provide you with a day to remember. The food and service that we offer are merely a part of the total service that we provide to all brides. We understand that the cost of a wedding reception can escalate and endeavour to ease your budget by providing comprehensive advice from our experienced team.
We have a small team of experienced staff who will attend to your every need. We are here to advise and we will tailor our services to your personal requirements to ensure that your day is how you always dreamed it would be....perfect.
Please see Wedding Page for more details