That unexpected discovery!
Don’t you just love it when you discover something good unexpectedly? When deciding where to meet my best friend for lunch a few weeks ago, to be honest Llandrindod Wells didn’t seem a very inspiring choice on what would no doubt be a typically chilly late autumn day but as it was the most practical option for both of us the date was set.
In the end however we found ourselves having a lovely afternoon and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the town, even if just for a spot of lunch and a wander around the parks. The town really came into its own when the Victorian penchant for restorative spa spring waters drew many visitors to the area. The 12 acre Rock Park developed around the spring waters and the pump rooms are still standing.
Recently artists were commissioned to create sculptural pieces that are dotted throughout the park. When the town’s popularity started to wane the construction of the Heart of Wales railway line made Llandrindod far more accessible to the masses and the slight decline was reversed. Common land was enclosed and a large lake, green and golf course were created along with expanding the commercial centre and creating more housing.
There is plenty of stunning Victorian and Edwardian architecture throughout the town to appreciate and some stylish art deco buildings as well. The Victorian Heyday is celebrated when the town goes all out for their Victorian Festival, centred around Temple Gardens in the heart of Llandrindod (18 to 24 August in 2015). The festival has grown over the last 30 years and by all accounts you can really feel as if you are stepping back in time to the 1800’s. To learn about the history of the town and the surrounding area all year round, visit the Radnorshire museum.
This traditional museum is home to a number of collections from mid-Ordovician fossils to Neolithic artefacts through to Victorian & Edwardian costume. And if cycling is your thing a comprehensive look at the history of the bicycle can be found at the National Cycle Museum – check online for winter opening days and hours. There are many lovely pictures of Llandrindod Wells scattered about the internet.
The water fountain emerging from the lake on the edge of town is particularly eye-catching. Unfortunately my photography talents are not up to much and these are just a couple of pictures taken in Rock Park. Doesn’t do justice at all to the park so you will just have to go and see for yourself! Being in the heart of Mid Wales, Llandrindod Wells provides a great base for a holiday exploring the county of Powys and we have some great cottages nearby to choose from.
I myself have driven through Llandrindod Wells many times on my way to and from South Wales but next time I will make sure I give myself time to stop and enjoy this charming town!