"Tretower a village in Powys, Wales" Tretower by ranger49

Tretower Travel Guide: 5 reviews and 47 photos

A small village steeped in history.

Please note this should appear on my Wales page as Tretower /Tre-twr which lies in the Brecon Beacons Nation Park - one of the three National Parks in Wales, in the Welsh County of Powys. Unfortunately the VT Database places it only in UK.

This small village, less than 10 miles from the centre of Abergavenny, is located between the attractive small towns of Crickhowell and Talgarth in the Brecon Beacons national Park.

Well known to walkers it is surrounded by the Black mountains to the east and and the Brecon Beacons in the west.
Other outdoor activities include - sailing, canoeing and kayaking on Llangorse Lake and the river Usk, barging on the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal, Paragliding, Riding and Pony trekking.

Normans, medieval knights and poets.

But the gem of the village, on which its fame now rests is the beautifully restored medieval fortified manor house with its adjacent garden, and the remains of both a Norman castle and an even older pre-Norman motte and bailey structure.
All these are in the care of " Cadw" ( which means to preserve/keep) the body responsible for the protection and care of historic buildings in Wales.
The formerly residential Courthouse very recently underwent major renovation - completed at the end of May 2010 -
It now presents a very much more authentic view of medieval life to the one seen on my first visit back in the mid-1960s when the site was in the care of the old Ministry of Ancient Monuments and Works - a plaque still stands near to the castle.
Welsh archers practised here in 1415 as they prepared to follow Henry V into battle at Agincourt.

Plenty of Room for everyone

Both the rolling countryside and mountains offer a variety of rugged and easy walking, villages and market towns to explore.
Amongst this picturesque and peaceful scenery, all within a 25 mile circle of the village can be found ancient abbeys, castles, woods and waterfalls.
For anyone wishing to stay in the area there is accommodation of every kind from Camping & Bunkhouses, Self catering cottages & B&Bs, village inns and country house hotels.
Nor will you go hungry - takeaways or fish and chips, simple cafes, pub meals and gourmet restaurants all can be found close to the village.

  • Last visit to Tretower: Sep 2010
  • Intro Updated Oct 19, 2012
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  • himalia11's Profile Photo
    May 21, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Hi Barbara, you are right, this is really a nice place to visit!

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Jul 4, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    Outstanding photos of the castle here. Although I have been twice to Wales, I must admit that I have never heard of Tretower before.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jan 28, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    Another nice page!

  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Aug 14, 2010 at 6:19 AM

    Nice little page. Looks absolutely wonderful.

  • Aitana's Profile Photo
    Jul 21, 2010 at 2:50 PM

    Hi Barbara, your tips are so good that it seems I've also visited Tretower. Nice page, thanks for sharing. Have a nice summer!

  • Myfanwe's Profile Photo
    Jul 19, 2010 at 10:49 AM

    Hi Barbara, Lovely tip and pics on Tretower, I really enjoyed our visit here. Hope you are well, Vicki

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