Heart of Wales by Rail via Swansea - Day 3

Wednesday - We will spend a little while this morning in Llandovery and then take the 10.56 train to Llanwrtyd Wells, the smallest town in the UK - allegedly! This will take 25 minutes; we then have about five hours in Llanwrtyd and another short trip on the train to reach the spa town of Llandrindod Wells where we will spend the night.



We will have time to visit the site of Llandovery Castle which was built in 1110 and almost immediately captured by the Welsh, changing hands between Normans and Welsh. It was used by King Henry IV while on a sortie into Wales when he executed Llywelyn ap Gruffydd Fychan in the marketplace. A 16-foot high stainless steel statue to Llywelyn ap Gruffydd Fychan was unveiled in 2001 on the north side of Llandovery Castle, overlooking the place of his execution six hundred years earlier.

We return to the railway station in time to catch the 10.54 Shrewsbury train for Llanwrtyd.

For info on today’s journeys - click on Points of Interest Llandovery-Llandod (as Llandrindod Wells is known locally!).

The first scheduled stop (there are also two request stops) is Llanwrtyd at 11.18. 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.

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

Station Yard, Llandovery, Carmarthenshire, SA20 0BG


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

Llandovery Railway Station, Station Yard, Llandovery, Carmarthenshire, SA20 0BG


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



Time for some lunch! We have about five hours in Llanwrtyd, so ask your lunchtime venue if they could keep your luggage for you.


We have to be back at the station by 16.26. 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 Shrewsbury train for a half hour trip up the line to Llandrindod Wells. The 16.26 train arrives at Llanwrtyd at 16.20; there will also be a train to Swansea in the station - don’t get on this one!

Llandrindod Wells is one of four spa towns in the locality 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 16.57 and leave the train.

A brief tour of Llandrindod Wells with some options for and evening meal and overnight accommodation.

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.

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


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



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


Overnight stay at the Metropole or at a local bed and breakfast.

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

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> Heritage Railways

> Scenic Railway Day Trips

> Short Breaks by Train

> Short Breaks in Mid Wales

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