Y Dolydd | Workhouse History Centre

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Llanfyllin Workhouse is an impressive stone building set in the beautiful Cain Valley. Listed Grade II* it's one of the best preserved examples in Britain.

The Workhouse History Centre, created with the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund, tells the story of the Workhouse and the Poor Law as they affected adults and children. It features varied bilingual displays and a 30-minute film, in English or Welsh: the ghost of the first Master leads the visitor through the building and introduces other ghosts - adults and children. You can look through historical documents, pick oakum, practise writing on a slate, visit our bookshop and take a self-guided tour around the four courtyards and part of the interior. This is the only workhouse museum in Wales or the west of Britain. It's open daily without charge: donations are gratefully received.

The Llanfyllin Union Workhouse once served the whole of North Montgomeryshire. Today it's owned by a charitable trust and is being developed as a community enterprise. It includes bunkhouse accommodation for 24 visitors, a cafe-bar, a gallery, gardens with picnic facilities and a venue for corporate and music events, weddings, parties and courses.

The six-acre site is being developed to benefit wildlife whilst remaining available for outdoor events: these have included music festivals, rallies and monthly horse shows in the summer.

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A donation is appreciated if you enjoy your visit. There is free access to the rest of the site unless a special event is taking place.



  • Disabled access


  • Children welcome

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Smoking not allowed

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Take the A490 north from Welshpool, turn right at the junction with the A495 and then left back onto the A490. The Workhouse will be on your right as you approach Llanfyllin.

Public Transport Directions

Welshpool station is 11 miles away.

Y Dolydd | Workhouse History Centre

Type:Heritage Centre

Y Dolydd, Llanfyllin, Powys, SY22 5LD

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Tel01691 649062

Opening Times

* Open daily from 10am to 5pm (4pm in winter).

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