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Heart of Wales by Rail via Shrewsbury - Day 2

Tuesday - A couple of hours more in Knighton and then we are off to the Spa town of Llandrindod Wells.

 

Morning

A little more time to explore the town and then head back to the railway station and take the 11.01; this is the Swansea train but we will just be going on a 40 minute trip via the spectacular Knucklas viaduct to the next scheduled stop at Llandrindod Wells (we may also call at up to five request stops). If you need tickets - from the train conductor.

See Points of Interest Knighton-Llandod (as it is known locally) for journey notes.

Llandrindod Wells is the first of four spa towns in the locality (the others are Builth Wells, Llanwrtyd Wells and Llangammarch Wells) that initially developed during the mid-18th century when the healing qualities of the spring waters attracted visitors to the area. More development later that century came with the construction of the railway line making Llandrindod accessible from the Midlands, north-west of England and South Wales. The town expanded with the construction of new streets, hotels, shops and houses and visitors would take the waters at the pump rooms at the Rock Park and the Pump House Hotel. More recent economic development came in 1974 when the counties of Montgomeryshire, Radnorshire and Brecknockshire were amalgamated to form the new county of Powys with Llandrindod as the administrative centre.

We arrive at Llandrindod at 11.40 and leave the train.

A brief tour of Llandrindod Wells with some options for lunch and afternoon visits and also to drop off your luggage.

Turn right out of the station and follow this road (Station Crescent) to the left (right leads to Rock Park) for shops and cafes; the main shopping street (Middleton St) will be on your right - this leads to Spa Road. At the top of this road is Temple Street and the main road through the town; note the garage on the left still advertising cars models such as Hillman, Humber and Sunbeam that are long since gone! Turn right for some more shops/restaurants; on left is the Tourist Information Centre, the Radnorshire Museum, the Metropole Hotel and then the National Cycle Collection at the former Tom Norton garage. Turn left and then immediately right into Princes Avenue for The Lake.

Knighton railway station is on the Heart of Wales Line that runs from Shrewsbury to Swansea.

Station Rd, Knighton, LD7 1DT

 

Shrewsbury/Heart of Wales Towns Tour Journey Notes 2 - Knighton to Llandrindod.

Knighton Railway Station, Station Rd, Knighton, LD7 1DT

 
Llandrindod Wells

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, it owes its origins to the spring waters that were recognised to have healing properties.

Walkers are Welcome Towns and Villages

 
 

Lunch

Time to have some lunch and consider the options for the afternoon.
 

Afternoon

More time to explore the town and some suggestions for places to visit - note that we will not be leaving Llandrindod until noon tomorrow, so more time available for these options then.

Rock Park - one of the earliest public parks in Wales dating from the late 1860s, it covers some 12 acres and includes the original Pump Rooms and Bath House. The springs were known in Roman times and a Roman road runs through the park. A Victorian arboretum occupies the northern part of the park with native woodland to the west along the banks of the River Ithon. A network of paths connect the different areas and bridges cross the Arlais Brook, which runs through the park to join the River Ithon.

National Cycle Collection - housed in a restored building that was once Tom Norton’s ‘Automobile Palace’, the façade boasts of selling ‘Aircraft’ as well as ‘Motors’! The Collection houses hundreds of cycles in period settings, including examples from 1819 through to the present day. Open Tuesdays all year 10.00 to 17.30; admission £5.00, seniors £4.00.

The Radnorshire Museum - people began to come to Llandrindod Wells to ‘take the waters’ in the 18th century and this museum tells the story of this practice which was most popular in late Victorian times. Housed in the old Carnegie Library in between the Tourist Information Centre and The Metropole on Temple Street, it is open Tuesdays April - September from 10.00 to 16.00.

The Signal Box Museum - for railway fans, this is a former London and North Western Railway signal box that has been relocated to the station platform and restored as a museum; limited opening times - check with the Tourist Information Centre.

Lake Park - from Princes Avenue by the National Cycle Collection, take a walk to The Lake. It was built as a boating lake towards the end of the 19th century; the original boathouse is now a private residence but there is a new boathouse and café. For the more energetic, you can continue around the lake and up towards the Golf Club. For this and other walks from the town - ask at the Tourist Information Centre.
National Cycle Collection

Journey through the lanes of cycle history and see bicycles from 1819, such as the Hobby Horse, Boneshakers and Penny Farthings, up to the most modern Carbon Fibre machines of today.

The Automobile Place, Temple Street , Llandrindod Wells , Powys , LD1 5DL

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LLandrindod Wells Lake

The 13-acre Llandrindod Lake, an unexpected feature of the town with a magnificent dragon statue at its centre, is a perfect place for a gentle stroll or leisure cycle ride.

Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 6BL

Walkers are Welcome Towns and Villages

 
 

Evening

Dine at the Metropole or at one of the restaurants in the town.
 

Overnight

Overnight stay at the Metropole, the Highland Moors, Portland House or at a local bed and breakfast.
110 en-suite rooms

The Metropole Hotel is located in the beautiful Spa town of Llandrindod Wells in the heart of Mid Wales and is renowned for its' warm and friendly atmosphere, comfortable accommodation and superb cuisine.

In or near Llandrindod Wells

Hotel with 120 rooms

 
 
 

Other Itineraries

> Explore Mid Wales Days Out

> Heritage Railways

> Scenic Railway Day Trips

> Short Breaks by Train

> Short Breaks in Mid Wales

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