Llandrindod Wells, or 'Landod' as it is known to locals, is the administrative centre of Powys and one of its largest towns. As the name suggests Llandrindod Wells owes its origins to the spring waters that were long recognised to have healing properties.
Unsurprisingly it was the Romans who first took advantage of the natural springs, but it was not until the 19th century, when fashion, wealth and a new rail network provided the town with a tourism industry that attracted the great and the good from across Britain. The economic boom that followed is still architecturally visible today, as the bandstand and several of the hotels stand as testament to the identity of Llandrindod Wells as a typical Victorian Spa Town. This heritage is paid tribute to by the famous annual Victorian Festival. One week in August every year sees the town transformed into a Dickensian wonderland where penny farthings replace cars and baseball caps are swapped for bonnets.
These days there are far more diverse attractions on offer in Llandrindod, which has transformed itself into somewhat of an alternative community. The town lake and its Rock Park are in the heart of the town whilst the newly opened Willow Theatre and Abbey Cwm Hir, the resting place of Prince Llewelyn, are not far away. Llandrindod is also proud of its international standard bowling green and of its annual Heart of Wales Walking Festival. The Royal Welsh Show, the biggest agricultural event in Europe is held in neighbouring Builth Wells.