Builth Wells was founded by the Normans when Philip de Braose constructed a timber Motte and Bailey Castle at a commanding point overlooking the ancient crossing of the Wye.
However, the name Builth - in Welsh 'Buellt', is older than the town to which it refers, having originally applied to the 'Cantref' or 'Hundred' - an land area used in the old Welsh administrative system.
Nowadays, Builth is an interesting market town, which plays host to Wales's Royal Agricultural Show in July each year (see www.rwas.co.uk for dates and details), and any number of smaller shows and fairs throughout the year.
It offers everything one might expect from a town of its size; sports and leisure facilities include an 18 hole golf course, pony trekking and renowned angling spots. The Red Kite feeding centre at Gigrin Farm however, is truly unique - providing the opportunity to come in close contact with these rare and magnificent birds on a daily basis.
Builth also provides an excellent base for exploring the beautiful countryside - either on foot or on horseback, and for delving into the history of Wales's last prince, Llewelyn, who was murdered just outside Builth in December 1282. An impressive monument to Llewelyn is located in Cilmeri where he fell, a ten minute drive from the town.
Builth Wells has a railway station two miles north-west of the town; Builth Road is on the Heart of Wales line which runs from Shrewsbury to Swansea.