These suggestions are generally suitable for FITs and groups but we have noted if any are not applicable. We have also included coach parking information where relevant.

Llandrindod Wells is a spa town in Mid Wales. It is a popular base for holidays and there is plenty for your client’s to do. We have put together some ideas for day trips so they can enjoy the beautiful countryside and wide open spaces in the area. Llandrindod Wells itself has been welcoming visitors since the Victorian times to ‘take the waters’. Popular attractions today include the National Cycle Museum, the peaceful surroundings of Llandrindod Wells Lake and the Llandrindod Wells Heritage Trail (leaflets are available at the tourist information centre) to discover more about this historic spa town. There is not a dedicated long stay coach park in Llandrindod, but there is space near to the station at Station Crescent, where buses can drop-off and pick-up from.


Elan Valley is known for its reservoirs and dams in a beautiful setting and together with the moorland, bogs, woodland and river it is the most important area for land birds in Wales. The diversity mosses, liverworts and lichens indicate a lack of pollution. There are 12 separate ‘Sites of Special Scientific Interest’ and the upland areas are perfect for rare birds including the dunlin and golden plover. Coach parking is available at the visitor centre, note coaches need to follow a clockwise route when visiting the dams as the road is narrow in places. There is a café and shop at the visitor centre. 

Elan Valley

Welsh Lavender Farm is open throughout the year but the best time to see the lavender is July and August. Visitors can walk through the lavender fields (farm notes are available for self-guided tours), visit the distillery to discover how the lavender flowers produce essential oil and buy products in the shop. There is a café on-site. Groups of 6 or more who want to be seated together need to book in advance. Parking is available for a maximum 32 seater coach.

Dark Skies and star gazing is becoming increasingly popular because there is little light pollution in this area of Wales. There are many places to choose from including a network of International Dark Sky Reserves and Dark Sky Parks to experience the very best of the sky at night. The star gazing packages range from 2 to 40 guests but they can can also provide experiences to suit your client's needs. Larger parties can be accommodated for with other types of activities.

Gigrin Red Kite Feeding Centre near Rhayader is where hundreds of red kites are fed each day (check web site for the summer / winter times). It is a spectacular sight to see with general and photographic hides to get even better views. It is located on Gigrin Farm which is also a 170 acre family-run working sheep farm. Coach parking is available. Groups to the farm must be pre-booked and large groups can pre-book a hide for sole use. Group rates are available that includes a slice of cake and a free hot drink by prior arrangement. Pre-booked catering (packed lunches) are available and there is a coffee shop and gift shop on-site.

Take the short trip into Rhayader to visit River Wood, the first gallery and bookshop dedicated to nature and wild spaces in the UK. Set in a 16th century listed building, clients can listen to birdsong as they browse the studio gallery full of art and books for the wild.

People in a large bird watching hide.
three birds (red kites) in flight.

Gigrin Red Kite Feeding Cente

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Crai Valley Eco Lodges

Crai Valley Eco Lodges

Hafren Forest Hideaway

Hafren Forest Hideaway

Llangoed Hall

Llangoed Hall


Castles, Gardens & Parkland

Carreg Cennen Castle this 13th century castle was voted by readers of the UK’s BBC Country File magazine as the most romantic ruin in Wales. It was built 300ft/90m above the River Cennen on a limestone rock and a can be seen for miles over the Carmarthenshire countryside. Today visitors can explore the barbican, twin towers, natural cave and vaulted passage as well as the farm with its famous longhorn cattle. The castle remains privately owned and managed but it is maintained by Cadw. Coach parking is available and the walk from the car park takes 10min to 15min. Group rates are available and there is a tea room and gift shop on-site.

Cwm Weeg Gardens have been lovingly cultivated in the 21st century, and are centred around a 15th century farmhouse. Three acres of formal gardens contain many surprises to discover including a grotto, moss garden and 24 acres of woodland and wildflower. Open from May to September with limited opening times for the general public. Private group tours of the house can be arranged for your clients, along with a selection of talks and presentations. Special rates are offered for large groups, with free admission and refreshments for the tour guide and coach driver.

A couple exploring a castle on a hill.
A tall fountain amongst beautiful gardens.

Carreg Cennen Castle, and Cwm Weeg Gardens

Dinefwr Estate near Llandeilo includes a Natural Nature Reserve that surrounds Newton House. Originally there were formal gardens but the owners were inspired by Capability Brown to create a more natural landscape and he visited in 1775 to give his approval. Today visitors can wander around the parkland, look out for the deer along with the rare White Park Cattle. The records show that the cattle date back to 920 and as there are only about a thousand breeding females, so they are rarer than the Giant Panda. Also on the Dinefwr Estate is Dinefwr Castle, a 12th century fort above the Tywi Valley. Group rates and coach parking facilities are available. There is a book shop and café on-site.

Powis Castle and Garden offer spectacular views across the countryside. The castle is built on a rock above Welshpool and the Italian terrace gardens with original lead statues have been described as the best surviving example of a 17th century British terraced garden. Other highlights include the Edwardian formal garden with spectacular colour during the summer, 300 year yew trees and an orangery. Group rates and Coach parking is available and there is a wheelchair friendly minibus which can carry visitors with limited mobility from car park to the castle. Pre-booked guided garden tours are available on request and there is a café and gift shop on-site.

Statue of a horse and rider outside a castle.
A castle on lush green lawns set against a blue sky and wispy clouds.

Dinefwr Castle, and Powis Castle and Garden


The rural countryside and gentle hills in Mid Wales makes perfect walking country and there are plenty of walks to choose from. Nearby is the Bannau Brycheiniog (Brecon Beacons) National Park that has a series of walks and trails available online and Offa’s Dyke Path the long distance walking trail runs through the area too. Natural Resources Wales has a wide range of walking routes around the region and local bookshops may also stock books with a range of walks for all abilities to enjoy.

Two walkers on a path heading towards dramatic mountains.

Geo Park, Bannau Brycheiniog (Brecon Beacons)

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The Metropole Hotel

Llandrindod Wells
Nanteos Mansion

Nanteos Mansion

Canvas lodge with decking at Nantseren glamping




The Radnor Ring (National Cycle Network route 825) is a 66 mile route around the old county of Radnor by country lanes, traffic free trails and mountain roads. The national Sustrans Route 8 also known as Lôn Las Cymru passes by too. There are many off road routes including Radnor Forest. Bwlch Nant yr Arian is a popular mountain bike centre. Local bookshops may also stock books with a range of cycle routes for all abilities to enjoy and of course remember to visit the National Cycle Museum too, where clients can also watch bicycles being repaired in the workshop. 

A camping scene with historic cycles on display at a museum.

National Cycle Museum


Llandrindod Wells Golf Club has been voted in the top 3 inland courses in Wales. It was designed by multiple winners of The Open Championship Harry Vardon and James Braid, so golfers can expect a challenging round of golf with undulating fairways and fast greens in a picturesque setting.

There are plenty of other golf courses to choose from, a little further afield too.

Rated by as 14th best course in Wales. The course is fantastic...the views are even better. Make sure you come and find out when golf returns...

Posted by Llandrindod Wells Golf Club on Saturday, January 30, 2021

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Onnen Fawr Farmhouse

Onnen Fawr Farmhouse

Superior Bedroom

The Swan at Hay

Y Talbot and The Square

Y Talbot


Market towns

Aberystwyth is a coastal town and home to the popular Aberystwyth University and The National Library of Wales. The Aberystwyth Cliff Railway is the longest funicular electric cliff railway in Britain that has been taking passengers to the top of Constitution Hill since 1896. At the top there is one of the world’s largest camera obscuras, which offers a panoramic view of 1,000 square miles including the countryside, the town and Cardigan Bay.

The National Library of Wales is free entry. Coach parking is available and group tours can be offered for pre-booked groups. There is a café and shop on-site.  Group rates and a café is also available at Aberystwyth Cliff Railway.

Coach parking in Aberystwyth is available at Boulevard St Brieuc, opposite the Police Station.

A railway carriage leaving the station shed decscending down a cliff.
Frontal view of National Library of Wales.

Cliff Railway and National Library of Wales

Hay-on-Wye is renowned for its bookshops and places to buy books including at the cinema and fire station. Hay Castle has opened to visitors for the first time in it's 900 year history and is free to enter although exhibitions held at the castle carry a small charge. There is a café and an honesty bookshop on-site. Guided tours are provided daily between 11am and 2pm. Group tours can be arranged on request.

The town also hosts the annual Hay Festival of Literature & the Arts held between May and June. There are also plenty of galleries, antique shops cafés, pubs and restaurants.

Coach parking for Hay-on-Wye is available at Oxford Road. 


Knighton is a historic town dating back to 1230 and today many 17th century half-timbered houses line the windy streets. A town trail leaflet is available in the Tourist Information Centre / Offa’s Dyke Centre a perfect location as Knighton is located half way along this long distance path. Coach parking facilities available at Bowling Green Lane.

Llandeilo is located on the River Tywi with plenty of Georgian and Victorian buildings. One of the town's main features is St Teilo's church, rebuilt in the 1850's although the tower dates back to medieval times. The churchyard and site has a longer history which goes back to the sixth century. There are also lots of stylish galleries, boutiques café bars and restaurants. It’s great to combine with a visit to Dinefwr Estate and Carreg Cennen Castle.

There are many more market towns to visit in the area, so check out our Shopping in our cities and market towns fact sheet.

row of houses painted bright colours.
A church and graveyard framed by foliage.

Llandeilo and St Teilo's


The Wales Way is the family of three national routes throughout Wales that celebrate the diverse countryside as well as the heritage and culture of Wales. The Cambrian Way is a 185 mile (300km) route linking the coastal town of Llandudno in the north with the capital city of Cardiff in the south. Llandrindod Wells is located along The Cambrian Way and there are a selection of touring itineraries that you can use to plan your tours or that your clients can use to plan their very own Wales Way experience.

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