Theatre, Brecknock & Regimental Museums, leisure centre with indoor swimming pool, shopping centre, numerous public houses and eating places.


Offers convenient canalside store/post office and public houses. Superb walking area including reservoir.


- award winning flight of locks, general store and public houses.


Is a delightful country town with much to offer the visitor Well worth the walk from Liangattock.

The hire base

Our base at Gilwern is ideally situated near to the centre of the Mon & Brec Canal, enabling our customers to travel in either direction and to have access to their cars mid-week if they wish to travel further afield. We live on site and our private wharf allows for easy loading, unloading and car parking.

Gift Shop

The gift shop at our site sells guide books, maps, postcards, ice-creams, batteries and, of course, Welsh gifts and canalware. Normally open 7 days a week throughout the season 9am-6pm. Visitors will always receive a warm welcome.


'The Gateway to Wales' 1 mile from the canal. The town has a good selection of shops, castle and museum. Market day is on a Tuesday.


- has a heritage and activity centre with historic limekilns, visitors' centre and children's play area.


The town offers a shopping centre, museum and leisure centre with swimming pool and water slides.



The Monmouthshire and Brecon canal has, for two hundred years, wended its way through some of the most beautiful scenery in South Wales. Now its industrial life is over, it offers the opportunity to see the countryside from a unique perspective on your very own self drive narrow boat holiday.

The Brecon canal covers 33 miles of beautiful, rural, Welsh countryside from Brecon to Pontypool, much of which lies within the Brecon Beacons National Park. With six locks, lift bridges, a tunnel and an aquaduct over the scenic river Usk you will need at least a week to experience everything this amazing canal has to offer.

Along the canal there are country villages to explore, good pubs to visit and scenic walks to enjoy. During your narrowboat holiday experience you will come across a wide variety of wildlife, especially birds including kingfishers, red kite and heron.

Included in the cost of your narrow boat holiday is a canal guidebook which will make sure you don't miss anything along the way.

Click to see more information about the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal.

'Just a short note to say how much we enjoyed our cruise on the Kidwelly Castle. The boat was equipped to a very high standard and the friendliness and efficiency of all staff excellent. In short I would have no hesitation in recommending Castle Narrowboats to any body.
Mr R Townsend