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Abercamlais House

One of the best surviving 18th Century country houses in South Wales.

Abercamlais, Brecon, Powys LD3 8EY, Wales

Abercamlais House 5

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Facilities
  • Accessible loos
  • Accessible parking
  • Free parking
  • Mostly wheelchair accessible
  • Parkland / open spaces
  • Pet friendly
  • Picnic area
Accessibility
  • Parking is available.
  • Wheelchair access.
  • Accessible toilets.
  • Guide dogs welcome.
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

Abercamlais house and gardens are open to the public for walks and tours each summer, from May to September. Please see our website for a full list of open days.  Hear the fascinating history of the people who have lived and worked at Abercamlais through the ages and find out about the current restoration of the gardens, started in 2016.

The Grade 1 listed house dates from the 16th Century but was altered extensively in the early 18th Century. Abercamlais was described by Richard Haslam of Country Life as ‘…a comparative rarity amongst Welsh mansions.’  The architect Gilbert Scott contributed alterations in the 19th Century. The buildings and structures around the main house are also of particular historic and architectural merit.

An elaborate, listed Dovecote serves as a bridge over the Camlais stream.

Several bridges afford wonderful views onto the Usk, including the 16th Century stone bridge and the wrought iron suspension bridge built by Crawshay Bailey in 1840’s.

The gardens of Abercamlais span several hectares on both sides of the river. The 18th Century walled kitchen garden once supplied household, guests and staff in everything but salt.  The old dipping well has been unearthed along with the brickwork and drainage system. There is a vinery and frameyard, which enabled the growth of tender plants and vegetables. The garden is currently being replanted with a variety of fruit and vegetables and is also home to part of the Bryan Dodsworth Bearded Iris Collection.

There are several notable tree specimens in the main gardens including two redwood species: a Wellingtonia native to the US and a Dawn Redwood native to China. There is also a wildflower meadow walk.

Opening Times

10am to 4pm

Dates of opening listed here.

The tour lasts around 2 hours.

Admission

Adult: £7.50, Child: Free

Dogs welcome but must be kept on leads.

Group Visits

We welcome group visits by prior arrangement. For large bookings, refreshments will be included with the cost of entry. To find out more, please see our website.

Group visits consist of a guided tour through the house and the gardens. This will usually be with a member of the family.

Refreshments (tea, coffee and cakes) to follow on the lawn of Abercamlais.

Contact us to arrange a group visit.

Accessibility
  • Parking is available.
  • Wheelchair access.
  • Accessible toilets.
  • Guide dogs welcome.
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

Getting here

Abercamlais, Brecon, Powys LD3 8EY, Wales

Abercamlais is set in parkland to the north of the A40 between Sennybridge and Brecon, just within the northern boundary of the Brecon Beacons National Park in Powys, Wales.

The market town of Brecon is just over 6 miles away. Leave Brecon on the A40 towards Sennybridge and Abercamlais is on the right-hand side of the road, just past Penpont. When reaching a signposted turning on the left marked Cwm Camlais and a bus shelter on the right, take a right turn.

The town of Abergavenny (with railway station on the Welsh Marches Line from Newport to Hereford) is around 30 minutes’ drive south-east.

The book town of Hay on Wye is around 40 minutes’ drive east.

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