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The town of Builth Wells, like so many towns in Mid Wales, grew up around a Norman castle in the 12th century. Its important strategic location at a crossing on the banks of the River Wye ensured a turbulent history, but it also ensured its prosperity as the market town it remains today. It was near Builth, in 1282, that the last independent Prince of Wales, Llewelyn the Last was killed at the battle of Orewin Bridge after he was separated from his men, his remains are buried at nearby Abbey Cwm Hir.
Builth Wells was also to play its part in another iconic chapter of Welsh history, for it was here that the compendium of Welsh mythology, the Mabinogion was set down in writing. It was much later, in the 19th century, with the advent of the railways and the wealth of the empire, that the town acquired the suffix ‘Wells’ as an emergent tourist industry turned it into a flourishing Spa town.
Today Builth Wells 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 Wells is also home to the internationally famous Royal Welsh Show which convenes annually in July and is the largest of its kind in Europe.
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- Erwood Craft Centre Craft-centre and gallery in Old GWR Railway Station
Builth Wells Golf Club 18hole parkland golf course, pro shop & clubhouse
Abbey Cwm Hir The Hall is Grade II* listed as one of Wales's finest examples of Victorian Gothic Revival architecture
Royal Welsh Showground Find details of the famous Royal Welsh Show & other iconic events