Other attractions in the vicinity.
The Thomas Shop, Penybont
Nostalgic museum shop, old laundry gallery, tea room and gift shop in a Grade II listed building.
On the A44 in the centre of Penybont: look out for the round teapot sign on a yellow background. Tel 01597 851951.
This spectacular waterfall is in Warren wood, NW of the A44 half way between Llanfihangel-Nant Melan and New Radnor. From the A44 take the up-hill track, through the first parking area into the woodland to a second small car park, just before a stream. From here walk up-stream a third of a mile along the level track to the waterfall.
The village of Abbey-cwm-hir lies on a minor road NW of Penybont and Crossgates and E-NE of Rhayader. The name derives from the Cistercian monastery built here in 1143 but never completed. In the abbey grounds, on the south side of the road, is a stone slab marking the reputed burial place of the last native Prince of Wales, Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, who was killed in 1282.
The village church of St Mary was visited by Rev. Francis Kilvert, famous for his diaries of rural life in the 1870s.
The Hall at Abbey-cwm-hir, built in 1834, is Grade II* listed as one of Wales’ finest examples of Victorian Gothic Revival architecture. For tours of The Hall and/or gardens phone 01597 851727.
Abbey-cwm-hir is on the Glyndwrs’ Way national walking trail, the northern section of which, from Machynlleth to Welshpool, passes Dolobran Quaker Meeting House, the oldest Meeting House in Wales, dated 1700 (though not in continuous use since then).
The National Cycle Museum
The National Cycle Museum in Llandrindod Wells is home to over 260 cycles, from an 1818 hobby horse, Victorian solid-tyred machines, and classic lightweights to the latest carbon-fibre designs.
Dog-friendly. For opening times visit http://www.cyclemuseum.org.uk/ or telephone 01597 825531.
The Automobile Palace
The Radnorshire Museum in Llandrindod Wells collects, preserves and interprets the rich cultural heritage of the old shire county of Radnorshire. This is reflected in its diverse collections of geology, archaeology, natural history, social history and fine art. The museum houses an art gallery with a programme of varied and exciting exhibitions and events.
The museum occupies two floors of the former Carnegie Public Library set within the attractive Memorial Gardens in Llandrindod Wells.
Lift to first floor. For opening times visit https://en.powys.gov.uk/radnorshiremuseum/ or telephone 01597 824513.
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Rock Park Spa
Llandrindod Wells Rock Park is a prominent park and woodland community space which was established in the spa town’s Victorian heyday. The Springs were referred to in Roman writings as Balnes Siluria (the baths of the Silurians).
For more information visit http://www.llandrindod-wells.com/waters.html or telephone 01597 822997.
The Rock Park Centre
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Llandrindod Wells Lake
Llandrindod Wells Lake, to the south-east of the town centre, is a beautiful and peaceful place. Walk the 1 km path around the lake and through the adjacent woodland, watch the wild life, and admire the water serpent sculpture in the lake. There are pedalo boats to hire. Visit the lakeside café (tel. 01597 825679), close to which sits a distinctive tree-trunk sculpture known as ‘Llandoddie’.