Builth Wells – a guide for visiting this lovely town on the banks of the River Wye


This lovely town situated right in the middle of Wales might not be the top of the list for most people to visit during their time in the UK, but we think it is well worth a visit. Here are our favourite things to see and do for 2022:

Pant y Llyn

Just a few miles south of Builth Wells you'll find Pant y Llyn, an 8 acre upland lake which is well worth a look. It's Britain's most remote carp fishery and is very popular with fishing enthusiasts. Carp is the main catch here, but you'll also find minnows and chub. Even if fishing isn't your thing, the lake is still incredible to visit and has a unique, slightly mysterious feel to it. If you're not a fish enthusiast then you probably haven't considered how weird it is that Carp, a fish native to Asia, is found in this lake at the top of a Welsh mountain. The truth of the matter is that nobody really knows why this is the case. We definitely recommend a visit here during your time in Builth Wells.


Wyeside Arts Centre

This is a great old cinema with a stylish modern interior. It's only got cinema 2 screens but they're lovely and there is always something going on here. Films are usually being shown most evenings, but often there is live theatre to catch here too. We also love the passion and enthusiasm of the staff here who are always happy to help. Learn more here -

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Builth Castle

Nope, this isn't an invisible castle! All that remains of Builth Castle is this grassy motte. Originally built under King Edward I, it might be hard to believe now but at one time there was an impressive castle on this site. However, all the masonry has been removed and now all that remains on the mound where the castle stood is the ditches and embankments.


Llywelyn Monument

Just to the West of Builth Wells you'll find Cilmeri, and here stands an impressive monument dedicated to the Welsh hero Llywelyn ap Gruffudd (Llywelyn the Last). The monument stands on the spot where it is said that he was ambushed and killed in the late 13th century. If you didn't know the history attached to this monument then you might not think much of it from a distance, but knowing the history attached to it and the story, we think it is definitely worth a visit.

There is a well at the site where it is said that Llywelyn's head was washed before being sent to Edward I. Pretty Gnarly stuff!
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Erwood Station Gallery

If you're a fan of trains or art then a visit to Erwood Station Gallery is a must - this 19th-century railway station has been transformed into a cool modern art gallery displaying excellent pieces from local artists. There is even art which is displayed in some of the old railway carriages. And this isn't just a gimmick either, the art here is genuinely great (and you can buy some to take home with you if you wish). Learn more here -


If you enjoyed this guide, please check out our other guides about Welsh locations including Bwlch Nant yr Arian Forest.

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