Brecon Castle was built by the Norman Lord Bernard de Neufmarché in 1093, and was frequently assaulted by the Welsh in 13th and 15th centuries. The castle's ownership changed numerous times. It began falling into ruin when Henry VIII executed the last dukes of Buckingham, who at the time controlled the castle. It was renovated and made into a hotel in the early 19th century.

Numerous renovations were carried out through the castle's history. A shell keep made of stone was constructed in the late 12th century (the keep was initially made of wood). In 1233, a bailey wall, also made of stone, was constructed. Two towers, one round and the other semi-octagonal, were built in the 13th century and early 14th century, respectively. A hall block was added in 1300.

The castle had become mere ruins by the end of the Georgian era. Renovations were begun in 1809 by Sir Charles Morgan of Tredegar House, and more than £7,000 had been spent on the repairs by 1814. The castle was made a hotel, which it currently continues to be.



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Ian Hay (6 months ago)
Poor Sunday lunch as Inedible beef it was overcooked so much. But rest of the meal was good, especially the starters and dessert. Staff are great and friendly. Chef needs to supervise what's going out to customers
Paul Welsh (7 months ago)
Very picturesque location. Good breakfast. However, the shower was very poor and the low ceilings in the bedroom and bathroom would be a problem for someone tall.
Ben M (7 months ago)
I've stayed several times at the Castle, and it's always a fantastic experience. Friendly and helpful staff, lovely atmosphere, quiet rooms.
Jackie Driscoll (7 months ago)
Quite Monday lunchtime, had a choice of sandwiches salad , crisps, followed by beautiful desserts. Also meals available. Old hotel but elegant and serene, with excellent service, relaxed atmosphere, lovely few hours eating great food in a great hotel xx
christine boulton (8 months ago)
What a lovely venue to celebrate a special birthday lunch. The hotel's main room was beautiful with fabulous views. The buffet lunch was superb, the staff were very pleasant and accommodating. Excellent
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