Llandrindod Wells. A beautiful Victorian town built to accommodate visitors taking the spa waters. Llandrindod Wells still retains its magnificent buildings many of which surround the Temple Gardens. Within the town there are supermarkets, local food shops, a Victorian theatre, gift shops, coffee shops, restaurants and pubs. The 13 acre lake is a particular feature with a magnificent dragon fountain in the middle. A pretty walk goes around the lake and the boathouse café is a pleasant place to end your walk.
Elan Valley. The dams and reservoirs of the Elan Estate are situated within an area of outstanding scenic beauty. Summer or winter they provide spectacular scenery and the waterfalls in the wet weather are a site not to be missed. Plenty of walking, cycling, off road biking. Scenic drive. Events. Excellent cafe and visitor centre.
Thomas Shop, Penybont. An authentic restoration of a Victorian village shop, celebrating the social history of Radnorshire. Tea shop.
Abbey Cwm Hir Hall. A Grade 1* listed as one of Wales' finest example of Victorian Gothic Revival architecture. It has 52 rooms open for tours as well as the gardens which include a lake and a waterfall, walled garden and courtyards.
Erwood Station Gallery and Tea Rooms. A picturesque rural railway station along the banks of the River Wye. Original work by 70 local artists and artisans. Tea and coffees and fresh homemade cakes. Plenty of walks including the river walk.
National Cycle Museum, Llandrindod Wells. The collection houses hundreds of cycles in period settings including examples from 1819 to the present day.
The Spaceguard Centre and Observatory, Knighton. The centre is a working astronomical observatory that specialises in studying the danger of asteroid or comet impacts. Planetarium, Orrery, Collection of Meteorites, telescopes including robotic telescope. Day and evening tours.
Builth Wells built on the banks of the River Wye, home to the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show, is an attractive small town. The Wyeside Arts Centre is located at Builth and has a full programme of recently released films. The cinema is extremely comfortable and you can take a glass of wine in with you! There is also full programme of live shows and exhibitions
Red Kite feeding centre, Rhayader. Mid Wales was home to the last remaining Native Red Kites, now Red Kites are back in Wales. Watch them feed every day at Gigrin Farm
Welsh Royal Crystal, Rhayader. Centuries old handcrafting skills are used in the Welsh Royal Crystal glass making workshops. Shop and a workshop tour which features a demonstration by a Master Craftsman.
The Judge’s Lodging, Presteigne. A Victorian revelation. Explore the fascinating world of the Victorian judges at this award – winning historic house.
Hay on Wye. This delightful small border town sits above the banks of the River Wye, famous for its international literary Festival at the end of May and its second hand and antiquarian bookshops. At present there are approximately thirty major bookshops in the town, some specialising whilst others carry general stock. It has a good selection of interesting shops selling gifts, crafts, home furnishings and clothes. There are excellent places to eat or have a cup of coffee.
Hergest Croft Gardens, Kington. This renowned garden sits above the town of Kington with stunning views towards the Black Mountains. There are gorgeous flower borders, an old fashioned kitchen garden, azalea garden, maple grove, and Park Wood. With a gift shop and tearooms the gardens are the perfect place to explore and relax. They hold special events in the gardens during the year.
Bryans Ground, Presteigne. Three acres of intimate garden rooms that have been growing since 1913. Furnished with follies and fragrant flowers, towers and topiary, pools and a potager, and paths to five acres of specimen trees on the banks of a river, on the border between England and Wales.
Whimble Gardens, Kinnerton. Tucked away on the south facing slopes of The Radnor Valley this richly planted garden is a subtle tapestry of colour throughout the season. A yew walk leads into a box-edged parterre planted with bulbs, perennials and some unusual annuals. Beyond, an airy wiremesh "church" creates an eccentric and attractive frame work for roses and rare clematis.
Other gardens are open through the National Garden Scheme.