Things to do in Llandrindod Wells, Powys
The Victorian spa town of Llandrindod Wells is a double delight, the touring centre for some of the most beautiful of all Mid Wales countryside and an inland resort famed since Victorian times. Positioned on a mountain side, the towers and ornate ironwork - all perfectly preserved - reflects the heyday of the spa town. With 30 natural springs, Llandrindod was amongst the most noted and fashionable venues for 'taking the waters' throughout the late 19th century.
Tourism and commerce now bring life to the tall, elegant buildings and wide tree lined streets. Llandrindod is the administrative centre for the county of Powys, with a growing number of its own businesses attracted by the town's unique character and surroundings.
With manicured bowling greens, leafy walks and Victorian splendour, Rock Park contains what was the best known spa in Wales. The Rock Spa Pump Room and Pavilion have been completely restored and you can still view the outlets for the saline, sulphur and magnesium based waters, which our Victorian ancestors so valued.
In keeping with its image of healthy relaxation, Llandrindod is a light and airy town, due to the proximity of the picturesque lake; 14 acres of water with a broad common on one side and thickly wooded hills on the other. The nearby Llandrindod Wells Museum is well worth a visit too, with intriguing exhibits from Roman times to the town's Victorian birth. The Llandrindod Wells Theatre Company are based at the Albert Hall Theatre, which also houses an annual drama festival during the first week of May.
The Automobile Palace, a fascinating showroom dating back to 1910 evoking the tiled façade of London's Michelin Building, has been sensitively refurbished to continue the association with wheels. Now it houses the National Cycle Exhibition - a permanent display of over 100 machines and memorabilia attracting enthusiasts from all over Britain.
Visit Llandrindod Wells at festival time in August and you may think you're caught in a time warp. For a week the streets and squares bustle with activity - horse drawn carriages tour the town and almost everyone wears Victorian costume. Concerts are held in the Victorian tradition, with singing along to popular tunes of the period and even businesses enter into the spirit, conducted in frock coats and crinolines!
Llandrindod has excellent shopping facilities combining local family businesses with larger national stores. There are also well developed amenities for social life with golf, cricket, soccer, swimming, tennis and bowls (indoor and outdoor) all available, Coarse fishing, other country sports and sailing are also accessible.