The Brecon Beacons and Monmouthshire is an area rich in history. From the Bronze Age cairns of the central Beacons and Coed-y-Bwnydd's Iron Age hill fort, to Georgian gentility at The Kymin, this is an area as diverse in the historical tales it tells as the landscape itself.

Horatio Nelson, Viscount Nelson (1758-1805) by George Keating

Admiral Nelson's visit to The Kymin

When Admiral Horatio Nelson visited The Kymin, four-years after his victory at the Battle of the Nile and three-years before his victory and death at the Battle of Trafalgar, he was particularly moved by the beauty of this place.

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Historic buildings at Clytha Estate

Home of possibly the last 'Greek-style' house in Wales and one of the outstanding 18th-century follies of Wales, Clytha Estate has many interesting architectural features. With its Gothic gateway, railings and Lodge House, Grade-listed farms and walled garden, Clytha Estate is a true architectural delight.

The Kymin Round House

Georgian gentility at The Kymin's Round House

Built on the whimsy of local gentry to provide them with somewhere to picnic in bad weather, the Round House is small, but full of charm.

The remains of the chapel and trig point on the summit of Skirrid Fawr, Monmouthshire

Skirrid myths and legends

Discover the myths and legends of the Skirrid and its surroundings, near to the Sugar Loaf mountain and the Usk Valley, Monmouthshire.

The new Britannia on top of the Naval Temple, The Kymin, Monmouth, Wales

Discover the Naval Temple at The Kymin

Discover the origins of this neo-classical temple, visited by Admiral Horatio Nelson and which continues to stand as a testament to British naval supremacy.

One of the Bronze Age burial mound cairns found on Abergwesyn Commons, Powys

Discover ancient Abergwesyn

Thousands of people over thousands of years have called Abergwesyn home. It might be a remote landscape today, but the remains of a forgotten past give us an insight into a very different age.

The new Britannia on top of the Naval Temple, The Kymin, Monmouth, Wales

Naval Temple restoration at The Kymin

The Naval Temple at The Kymin has undergone several reincarnations throughout the last 200-years. Discover how this unusual monument has stood the test of time and continues to be preserved for future generations.

The Tommy Jones obelisk on Y Gyrn, Brecon Beacons, Powys

Tommy Jones: little boy lost on the Beacons

The tragic tale of a little boy who lost his way in the Brecon Beacons at the beginning of the last century, touched an entire community and continues to be passed down from generation to generation.

Berthlwyd Farmhouse in the Brecon Beacons, Powys

Berthlwyd Farm through the ages

This isolated yet beautiful upland farm sits at the top of the Nedd valley and has been home to the same family for six generations. But the history of this wonderful place stretches back much further than you might imagine and is full of surprises, both historical and geological.