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So Much to See and Do in Powys - Days Out for All Tastes in & around Hay on Wye
In addition to the stunning natural beauty of the area around Llandrindod Wells, there is great history here for visitors to uncover. There is also an enormous variety of wildlife to be observed and studied, great walks to be walked and hills to be climbed. The view once at the top is invariably worth the effort of getting there. These are just a few of the local attractions of nature, history and culture. We will always be happy to look out for particular attractions for our visitors, providing maps and directions, or even giving you a lift if you need one.
The Heart of Llandrindod Wells.
The centre of the town has a range of individual shops that offer typical welsh arts and crafts and there are tearooms and cafes to suit everyone's taste. On the edge of the town centre is the towns green and park where you can enjoy the flowers or listen to the occasional band play at the bandstand.
National Cycle Museum.
This landmark building - Tom Norton's Automobile Palace, in times gone by was used as the main Austin car and part distributors for Mid and North Wales. Today it presents the history of cycling with over 200 cycles on display. www.cyclemuseum.org.uk
The lake with its surrounding park and children's play area is only a few minutes walk from the centre of town and is well worth a visit. Beside the lake is a craft and souvenir shop and also a café where you can sit and relax whilst enjoying afternoon tea and refreshment. You can stroll all around the lake and watch the ducks and swans that inhabit this area.
Anglers can obtain licences to fish the lake from the ground floor of the café. The lake is well stocked with carp and other species, with good banks and carefully maintained swims.
Rock Park Spa & Pump Room
Take a wander to our famous Rock Park where the Victorians used to come and take the 30 minerals and springs, each reportedly having its own healing benefits. The Pump Room originally built in 1867 has now been given to the Town Trust and is in the process of being restored.
Throughout the year a variey of events take place including male voice choirs, from Builth Wells, and Rhayadar
Royal Albert Hall Theatre
The annual Drama Festival takes place over 6 day period in May and puts on an Old Time Music Hall every Thursday night from June to October
The Annual Victorian Festival
Once a year the town pulls together to host one of the biggest Victorian Festivals in the country. An annual event that is held in late August and lasts for 9 days. The towns unique architecture provides the perfect backdrop for this festival and there are many period events including a funfair, street entertainers (provided free of charge) and a good programme of music hall sing-a-longs, murder mysteries, talks on this era and the Grand Ball. Many of the townspeople wear full costume (including your hosts). The end of this event is marked by a torchlight procession followed by a glorious firework display over the lake ...... not to be missed.
Just twenty minutes by car or thereabouts gets you to the spectacular Elan Valley reservoirs. For over a hundred years now, since they were dammed in a massive feat of engineering, these reservoirs have been providing water to Birmingham and Yorkshire. Catch them on a calm day and the area is one of great tranquility. On a wild day, the majesty of the dams is spectacular as water cascades from the overflows, swelling streams and raising a great mist. There is a wide variety of wildlife in the surrounding area, with loads of information and ideas available from the visitor centre.
Gigrin Red Kit Feeding & Rehabilitation Centre
Just a few miles up the road in Rhayader you will find one of the most spectacular sights that any birdwatcher could ever wish for. The Gigrin Red kite feeding centre now attracts some 200 of these majestic birds for each feeding session. From hides in great vantage points, visitors get an incredible display as the feeders put out meat for the birds.
Mid Wales has the greatest density and diversity of birds of prey in southern Britain. Mid Wales was home to the last remaining Native Red Kites. Now, due to the hard work of the Conservation bodies here in Wales, Red Kites are once again in the ascendance.