Heart of Wales by Rail via Shrewsbury - Day 3

Wednesday - We spend the morning in Llandrindod before taking the 11.57 train to Llanwrtyd Wells, the smallest town in the UK - allegedly! This will take half an hour; we then have about four hours in Llanwrtyd and another short trip on the train to reach the market town of Llandovery where we will spend the night.



We return to the railway station in time to catch the 11.57 train; this actually arrives some 20 minutes earlier. We want the Swansea train from the platform by the ticket office; there will be another train arriving for Shrewsbury before we leave.

For info on today’s journey - click on Points of Interest Llandod-Llandovery

The first scheduled stop (there are also four request stops) is Llanwrtyd Wells at 12.26. Turn left out of the station for the town square and a small number of shops and places to eat. Llanwrtyd has a population of about 600 and claims to be the smallest town in Britain; it was once a spa town following the discovery of waters with healing properties in the 18th century.

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

Station Crescent, Llandrindod Wells, LD1 5BB


Shrewsbury/Heart of Wales Towns Tour Journey Notes 3 - Llandrindod to Llandovery.

Llandrindod Railway Station, Station Crescent, Llandrindod Wells, LD1 5BB



First of all - time for lunch! We have about four hours in Llanwrtyd, so ask your lunchtime venue if they could keep your luggage for you.

Llanwrtyd Wells is the smallest town in Britain. It is also one of the friendliest, having a long history of catering for the many visitors who, today, come to enjoy the unspoilt beauty of the surrounding Cambrian Mountains.

Powys, LD5 4RW



We have to be back at the station by 16.25. Explore the little town and take the Town Loop Walk which is about 1.5 miles long and will take some 45 minutes to complete.

We take the Swansea train for a short trip down the line to Llandovery. The 16.25 train arrives here at 16.12 and waits for the train to Shrewsbury to arrive - don’t get on this one! We arrive at Llandovery at 16.49.

The Romans built a fort around AD 50 to 60 to the north-east of the town and constructed roads to Brecon, Carmarthen and to the nearby goldmines at Dolaucothi. Llandovery Castle was built in 1110 and almost immediately captured by the Welsh, changing hands between Normans and Welsh until the reign of King Edward I of England. Today Llandovery is a market town with a population of 2,900; the River Tywi is just to the north-west.

Turn right out of the station and take the A40 Brecon road (Queensway); pass Llandovery College (a coeducational independent school) and bear left to still follow the main road. This is the town centre with shops and eating places off this road. On the right will be the Tourist Information Centre and the Castle Hotel; take the road in between the two through the car park to the Norman Castle. Or bear left towards Market Square for more places to eat, shops and places to stay including the Drovers. Keep on the main road to reach the Craft Centre (in the old market hall) and Penygawse Guest House - on the left after Stone Street.

Town Walk - Loop Walk 1.5 miles, 45 minutes. Gates and no stiles; pet friendly.

  • Access: Town Square
  • Duration: 45minutes
  • Miles: 2

Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys, LD5 4RW


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

Station Rd, Llanwrtyd Wells, LD5 4RW


Llandovery is delightful little town at the northern edge of Carmarthenshire. The name Llandovery means 'church amongst the waters', owing to its position in a valley where the rivers Towy, Bran, Gwydderig and Bawddwr coincide.

Llanymddfri | Llandovery, Carmarthenshire, SA20 0AW

Walkers are Welcome Towns and Villages



A stroll around the town and an evening meal at the Castle Hotel or another restaurant in the town.

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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