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A charming market town at the heart of Welsh agriculture

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The Wye Valley

Builth Wells is an ancient market town, found at the confluence of the Rivers Wye and Irfon, which is at the heart of Welsh agricultural life. Once a popular tourist spot for its natural springs, today it continues to draw tourists in as a lively base in the heart of the Welsh countryside.

Builth Wells’ origins date back to the Norman times, when a timber motte and bailey castle was built, and later a stone castle in its place by King Edward I. Unfortunately, the structure itself no longer exists, although the site can still be visited by the public.

The Groe

Every July, Builth Wells is put under the national spotlight as it plays host to the Royal Welsh Show, one of the largest events on the agricultural calendar. It’s sure to entertain people of all ages with its four days of livestock competitions, displays, entertainment and shopping.

One of the town’s stand-out features is the Builth Bridge. A bridge has stood on the site for many centuries, though the bridge that stands today was built in 1779 and widened in the 1920s. Spanning the River Wye, it’s one of the prettiest spots along the river, and is also popular with canoeists and kayakers.

The Groe is another of the town’s beauty spots. Within this expansive park you will find many beautiful walks, including one following the Wye, a stone circle and large open fields. The Groe’s riverside path is part of the Wye Valley Walk, a 136-mile-long route following the river from its source all the way to Chepstow. Follow the trail just north of Builth Wells to the Penddol Rocks, which form in the river a mix of deep pools and rapids.

For those who would rather explore the local area on two wheels, Builth Wells lies on the Lôn Las Cymru, a 257-mile-long route which extends from Cardiff in the south all the way to Holyhead in the north. From Builth Wells, the village of Rhayader is reachable to the north, while to the south you can cycle to the northern edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

“A lively base in the heart of the Welsh countryside…”

Another place worth visiting within the town is the Wyeside Arts Centre, a thriving arts centre hosting all kinds of entertainment from films to theatre, live music, dance and comedy. In Victorian times, this played the role of both Assembly Rooms and a market hall. Also within the town centre you will find a selection of great places to eat for all tastes. The Restaurant at Caer Beris Manor Hotel offers fine dining for a reasonable price, while the Cosy Corner Restaurant and Café offers home-cooked comfort food.

If you’ve been inspired to visit this charming town, take a look at our full collection of Builth Wells cottages for even more holiday inspiration.

While you’re there

Builth Bridge

One of the prettiest bridges spanning the River Wye

Royal Welsh Show

A spectacular agricultural event with four days of great things to see and do

The Groe

Explore this vast and scenic park and follow the riverside walk alongside the Wye

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