Brecon is a market town and small cathedral city in the county of Powys in Wales, 14 miles from Merthyr Tydfil.
It was formerly the county town of Breconshire, otherwise known as Brecknockshire.
The Welsh name for the town is Aberhonddu, as it lies at the mouth of the River Honddu where it enters the River Usk.
Brecon Cathedral stands on a hilltop. It was formerly a priory, and contains some Norman work. The writer Gerald of Wales was archdeacon at the priory.
Brecon Castle was largely destroyed along with the town walls during the Civil War, but fragments are now part of the Castle Hotel.
Brecknock Museum has a good collection of Welsh love spoons, as well as a 19th century assize court.
The South Wales Borderers Museum has a fascinating display on the stand made by the regiment at Rorke's Drift, the subject of the film "Zulu".
Brecon was the birthplace of the actress Sarah Siddons.