Llandrindod Wells

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Where is Llandrindod Wells?

Llandrindod Wells is a small town in the Welsh County of Powys, situated in the centre of Wales. Even though its located in mid Wales, it isn’t too far to travel to major cities and the border of England is only a 20-25 minute drive away. Travel times to some big cities (traffic dependant):

  • Hereford: 45 minutes (41 miles)
  • Cardiff: 1 hour 45 minutes (70 miles)
  • Snowdon: 2 hours 30 minutes (94 miles)
  • Birmingham: 2 hours 20 minutes (98 miles)
  • Swindon: 2 hours 25 minutes (117 miles)
  • Liverpool: 2 hours 30 minutes (102 miles)
  • Manchester: 3 hours (130 miles)
  • London: 4 hours (172 miles)

History

The spa town of Llandrindod Wells attracted visitors far and wide in the 18th century, with people coming to visit the ‘healing qualities’ in the natural spring located within the Rock Park. This caused a tourist boom for the town and as a result, a stunning hotel was built on the site that now has the Powys County Council main office.

Welcome to Llandrindod Wells

Welcome to the historic spa town of Llandrindod! If this is your first time visiting this spa town, then you are probably wondering what is here to do and visit. We list some of the key attractions:

Rock Park

This spa is still in the Rock Park today so visitors can take a look at the spring waters and even try it for themselves if they wish. Within the Rock Park you will find small woods, a flowing river with is the Arlais Brook which flows into the River Ithon.

The Lake

The Llandrindod Wells Lake can be found just outside the towns centre, and is well signposted. At the lake, you’ll find there is plenty to do. There’s a small shop where you can buy souvenirs, ice cream, teas coffee and other forms of snacks. You can also hire boats, SUPs and more if you fancy going out on the water (don’t worry, it’s not deep). There’s also fishing in the lake, for which you can buy the required license from the shop with all the required extras you might need for a days fishing.

If you don’t fancy going on the water, you can walk around the whole lake – the walk being flat and takes around 15 minutes at a slow walking pace. If you fancy a longer walk, there are some walks that go up through the woods above the lake to the trig point where you can see views across the whole of Llandrindod Wells and beyond. This walk is quite intense, but you can be up to the trig point in around 30 minutes. It’s worth the walk to see the views on a clear day.

Golf Club and Driving Range

Llandrindod Wells golf course was built in the early 19th century and it can be seen on the hill behind the lake. The 18 hole course was designed by 6 times Open Champion Harry Vardon, and 5 times Open Champion James Braid. The course has been voted in the top 3 Inland courses in Wales and has moved up to #17 in Golf World Magazines – ‘Best Welsh Courses’. If you are a Golf fan, the course is a must.

National Cycle Museum

Located in the lower ground floor of the Automobile Palace, you’ll find the National Cycle Museum. You have to pay for entry, but it’s worthwhile to see their massive collection of bikes going back to 19th century classics such as the penny-farthing.

Shakey Bridge

Is a beauty spot which is popular with the town locals. It can be found a short drive or walk from the town centre itself, and is a nice place to wonder round and explore. The original bridge was an old shakey structure hence the name, Shakey Bridge. But that bridge had to be replaced and the one standing in its place today is solid. Across the bridge you can walk up a short hill and reach St Michael’s Church, which is a church founded in the 10th or at the very latest 11th century. And was rebuilt in around 1242. Look up to the hill from the church and you’ll see the old site of Cefnllys Castle. which is an old 13th century fortress. If you fancy a climb, the views from the top are amazing, allowing you to see for miles. You can see why they chose it as a location for their fortress. You can see the River Ithon as it flows from the distance, around Cefnllys Castle, and around shakey bridge where it continues its journey through the town of Llandrindod Wells and beyond.