Llandrindod Wells is the largest and the most popular of the four spa towns in central Wales that flourished during the late Victorian and Edwardian times. The other three being Builth Wells, Llangammarch Wells and Llanwrtyd Wells. These towns grew from the popularity of their mineral springs, which drew in the health seeking Victorians in their thousands. Taking the waters to cure gout and rheumatism has now been replaced by modern medicine but this spacious and fashionable town still draws in the tourists.

Rock Park Lake
Rock Park lake, Llandrindod Wells by Andrew Hill (CC2)

Rock park with its mineral rich waters lies in the heart of LLandrindod Wells. The rocks in this park were formed eons ago and have given rise to many natural springs that are rich in minerals such as magnesium, sulphur and saline. The eminent german scientist Dr D.W. Linden was so impressed by the healing properties of the waters he said there were none to surpass them. The park still flourishes today with tall conifers and large man-made lake. The lake is prime spot for fishing and supports a variety of wildlife and waterfowl. Located within the park is a water fountain where the waters that put Llandrindod on the map can still be taken.

Another popular green space in the town is Temple Gardens - a well tended colourful park with a traditional bandstand. As a consequence of its Victorian heyday, many lovely yellow and red-brick Victorian and Edwardian hotels can be found in and around the gardens, including the Metropole and the Glen Usk, with its classic Victorian wrought-iron verandah.

The abundance of hotels and its central location makes Llandrindod Wells an ideal spot as a touring base for mid-Wales and the surrounding area.

The town's Victorian atmosphere is recreated during Festival Week, in September, when the town's folk dress in Victorian costume. Many other festivals are held in Llandrindod, including the Drama Festival Week (May) and the Heart of Wales Walking Festival (August).

The main shopping area around Middleton Street has arts and craft shops, gift shops and a good selection of eateries and pubs. An open-air market is held on Fridays.

Located about 7 miles (10 km) north west of Llandrindod. An area of beautiful scenery with dams, reservoirs and waterfalls, known locally as the Welsh Lake District.

Tourist Information Centre:

Town Hall, Temple Street, Llandrindod Wells LD1 5DL - Tel: 01597 822600

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