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Telephone code: 01874
Postcode: LD3
Population: 8000
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Brecon, (Welsh name, Aberhonddu) is at the junction of the A470 and A40 - a small market town (population approx. 10,000) with Georgian streets and charming shops. Despite the fact that Brecon has a Cathedral it is not a city. The Heritage Centre tells its fascinating history. Christ College is a leading secondary school and has been at its present site since foundation in 1541. The town itself nestles in the shadow of the Brecon Beacons; in the valley of the River Usk . It is the largest town within the Brecon Beacons National Park and is incorporated within Powys. It has a worldwide reputation as the "Town of Jazz". which reflects the quality and diversity of Brecon Jazz Festival, one of the top five annual Jazz festivals in Europe.The battle of Rourke's Drift [1879] is commemorated in the South Wales Borderers Museum at Brecon Barracks. Much of the Monmouth and Brecon Canal is now restored and navigable but to really appreciate the scenery, use the Beacons Mountain Railway. It runs the full length of the Taf Fechan Reservoir to Dol-y-Gaer and at Pant, you can visit the repair workshops and the kids can let off steam in the playground

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