Local Towns to Explore & Places to Visit
This area is one of the most sparsely populated in the UK, but interspersed with some wonderful old towns, each with their own character:
Llanwrtyd Wells (5 miles) – this small and friendly town plays host to the World Alternative Games and the World Bog Snorkelling Championships, as well as Man vs Horse!
Builth Wells (8 miles) – Charming old market town with a lively high street and cut through by the River Wye. It grew up around a Norman Castle and you can walk up to the mound. It has a very good butcher and a Co-Op supermarket.
Llandrindod Wells (12 miles) – owes its modern origins to the railway line and the spring waters which were recognised to have healing properties. A beautiful and fashionable Victorian getaway, the town has some fantastic examples of Victorian architecture and an excellent small museum. It has a big Tesco and Aldi for all your holiday requirements.
Hay on Wye (20 miles) – a book lover’s idyll and host to the Hay Festival. It is a wonderful day out with many book shops, independent stores, antique shops, excellent cafes and a castle.
Brecon (20 miles) – this town sits in the Brecon Beacons National Park and the peaks can be seen from the town. As well as the Cathedral, it also has a great entertainment calendar including the Brecon Jazz Festival, Green Man Festival and an excellent programme at Theatr Brecheiniog.
Rhayader (20 miles) – Rhayader is the first town on the River Wye after it has wound down from its source in the Cambrian Mountains. Acting as a gateway to the stunning Elan Valley, it is a beautiful small market town which acts as a crossroads between east, west, north and south meaning that the town has welcomed travellers for centuries.
Presteigne, Knighton, Llandeilo and Llanidloes – are also all within an hour of Llwyn Madoc and all offer something different.
The Elan Valley – is a very special region, an International Dark Sky Reservation – thousands of acres of open moorland and wonderful scenery. The Elan Valley Dams are fabulous examples of Victorian engineering.
Brecon Cathedral – this houses a fantastic choir, vaulting, stained glass windows. There is also a Heritage Centre, craft shop and tea rooms.
Aberglasney – a BBC TV series followed the restoration of these glorious gardens. It is a ‘Plantsman’s Paradise’ and with the restored Grade II listed mansion is well worth a visit.
The National Botanic Gardens