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Llandrindod Wells - The Picturesque Heart of Wales

Llandrindod Wells - The Picturesque Heart of Wales

A 5 day tour visiting Abbey Cwm Hir Hall, Aberystwyth on a narrow gauge steam railway & Hay on Wye via the Brecon Beacons


A 5 day tour visiting Abbey Cwm Hir Hall, Aberystwyth on a narrow gauge steam railway & Hay on Wye via the Brecon Beacons

Llandrindod Wells

Llandrindod Wells or simply Llandrindod is in Powys, within the historic boundaries of Radnorshire, Wales. It was developed as a spa town in the 19th century, with a boom in the late 20th century as a centre of local government. Llandrindod Wells is the fifth largest town in Powys. It is locally nicknamed "Llandod".

During the mid-18th century the 'healing qualities' of the local spring waters attracted visitors to the area resulting in an economic boom with the building of a 'splendid' hotel at Llandrindod Hall. A period of relative decline during the late 18th and early 19th centuries was reversed with the construction of the Heart of Wales Line making Llandrindod accessible from the Midlands and North West of England, and South Wales.


Elan Valley Dams

The 6 dams, reservoirs and 73 mile aqueduct of the Elan Valley were built a hundred years ago to supply desperately needed clean water to Birmingham. It was an epic feat of civil engineering set within an area of outstanding scenic beauty. Today, the dams and reservoirs provide a lasting amenity in their own right for visitors to enjoy as well as safeguarding the natural habitats of numerous species of flora and fauna.

Abbey Cwn Hir Hall

Paul and Victoria Humpherston bought the Hall, built in 1834 by Thomas Wilson, in late 1997 and spent 9 years restoring it to a building of Gothic splendour; boasting stunning interiors and fascinating collections. They have also restored 12 acres of Victorian gardens in a beautiful setting above the ruins of the 12th C "Abbey of the Long Valley. The Hall has appeared on many television documentaries on historic houses, and on lifestyles.Their achievements have been featured on BBC "Discovering Welsh Houses" ,"My Secret Wales","Wales Today", on ITV "Wales Tonight" ,"Great Welsh Roads"and "How the other Half Lives" and on S4C.

The gardens and grounds of The Hall have also been restored for visitors to enjoy. Features include:

  • A 1.5 acre walled garden

  • Sweeping lawns and terraces

  • 4 courtyards

  • Some splendid mixed woodland

  • A lake and waterfall.

The gardens are particularly lovely through the months of May-September with their shows of rhododendra and roses.


The Vale of Rheidol Railway

The Vale of Rheidol Railway is a narrow-gauge heritage railway that runs for almost 12miles between Aberystwyth and Devil's Bridge. Until privatisation, it was the sole steam-operated line on the nationalised British Rail network, steam traction having ceased in 1968 on all other parts of the system.

Unlike other railways in the United Kingdom, the Vale of Rheidol Railway has never closed with the exception of wartime and has operated a service for tourists through its life. The railway celebrated its centenary in 2002.


Aberystwyth is the principal holiday resort and administrative centre of the west coast of Wales and also home to the University of Wales Aberystwyth and the National Library.

The town is nestled between three hills and two beaches and hosts some castle ruins, a pier and a harbour. The surrounding hills hold the visible remains of an iron age fort and also a monument to Wellington and once climbed offer stunning views of Cardigan Bay.

The seafront hosts Victorian / Edwardian buildings mostly 4/5 stories high. The wide promenade protects the buildings from the revenge of the Irish Sea and offers space to sit, soak up the sun and view the surrounding hills and mountains, on a clear day, you may see the tallest mountain in Wales, Snowdon.

The harbour was once one of the busiest in Wales and is fed by the rivers Ystwyth and Rheidol (which incidentally, is the steepest river in Britain).e. It is now the centre of local rural life and is visited by many to sample the numerous cafes, bars, and restaurants including, Chinese, Indian, Italian and Mediterranean cuisine.

The local weather is dominated by the sea and the Gulf Stream which warms the whole region. 


Powis Castle & Gardens

The Castle once lived in by Princes Powis has beautiful state rooms and is finely decorated. It has collections of paintings, sculpture and furniture.

The remarkable garden at Powis Castle is well worth a visit, there are magnificent planted terraces including an Italianate terrace inspired by the palace of St Germain-en Laye in France, many & varied plants including roses, budlias, pomegranates and other rare plants and sub tropical plants.You will also see some of the finest and largest yew hedges anywhere.


Day 1

We depart Cumbria and travel south to Shrewsbury, time at leisure for lunch in this lovely medieval market town situated on the River Severn close to the Welsh border. We complete our journey via Welshpool to Llandrindod Wells and our hotel the Metropole. Dinner in the hotel.


Day 2

This morning we begin with a drive to the Elan Valley and the Dams Visitor Centre for a short break. We return to Llandrindod Wells in time to obtain lunch in the town before our afternoon visit to the beautiful Hall at Abbey-Cwm-Hir, one of Wales’ finest examples of Victorian Gothic revival architecture. Paul and Victoria Humpherston bought the Hall in late 1997 and spent 9 years restoring it to its original Gothic splendour and it is now renowned for its stunning interiors and fascinating collections. We enjoy a private guided tour of the house and then have time to view the stunning gardens. Dinner at the hotel tonight.

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Day 3

Today we travel to the popular seaside resort of Aberystwyth where we board the Vale of Rheidol Railway for a nostalgic journey through some of Wales’ most spectacular scenery. During our 3 hour round trip our narrow gauge steam locomotive climbs 700ft during the 11¾ mile journey from Aberystwyth to Devil's Bridge. In the afternoon we enjoy free time exploring Aberystwyth’s many attractions, including the harbour, pier, beach, castle and the longest electric cliff railway in Britain.

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Day 4

After breakfast today we head to magnificent Powis Castle. Powis is a grand medieval fortress, spend time exploring one of the finest collections of paintings and furniture in Wales and the world famous garden, with spectacular yew hedges and lavish herbaceous borders, original statues, orangery and an aviary on the terraces. We return to Llandrindod Wells mid afternoon for some time at leisure. Final dinner at the hotel.

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Day 5

We leave Llandrindod Wells and head through the Welsh Marches to Ludlow, time at leisure in this interesting town with its many Black & White buildings. We return home to Cumbria, arriving home early evening.


B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

Metropole Hotel

Built in 1897by the present owners great grandparents the hotel has been run by the family for 5 generations. Renowned for its’ warm and friendly atmosphere, comfortable accommodation, relaxing spa and superb cuisine, the Metropole Hotel and Spa’s central location makes it the ideal hotel from which to discover the delights of Mid-Wales & The Brecon Beacons. Whether it be to simply relax in comfort or discover the great wealth of attractions in Llandrindod Wells & Powys, The Metropole with its award winning restaurant & brasserie cuisine and luxury Spa is the ideal hotel to base yourself and enjoy your break.

The Radnor Miles restaurant offers award winning cuisine with extensive options changing each night offering a three course, 5 choices each menu and tea/coffee, with dietary requirements catered for. Spencers Bar & Brasserie offers a wide selection of beers & wines in a relaxing atmosphere.

The Metropole has over 100 ensuite bedrooms with TV, tea making facilities, bath/shower and room service. A wide selection of single, double and twin bedrooms are available including rooms with wheelchair access.

The beautiful Heart of Wales deserves its’ reputation as one of the country’s most breathtaking areas. The Elan Valley with spectacular reservoirs, the Brecon Beacons National Park or the beautiful Wye Valley are just a short drive from the Hotel.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Shap Village Hall Shap
Tebay Old Services Car Park Tebay
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Bus Stop Tangier Street Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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