Builth Wells City Guide

Located within the Welsh half of the Wye Valley, at the meeting point of the Wye and Irfon rivers, Builth Wells provides a quintessential glimpse at life in a mid-Wales market town with a rich vein of farming traditions running through its core.

The town of Builth Wells hosts the annual Royal Welsh Show and often attracts visitors from across the world with food stalls, livestock displays and rural sports providing a great weekend for all the family as well as helping to cement the bond between countryside and town folk.

Shopping in Builth Wells

Aside from the traditional mix of butchers, bakers and general stores, shopping in Builth Wells also features  fishing and shooting outlets alongside a good choice of boutique clothes and gift shops. As Builth Wells is easily accessible on foot you'll find plenty of opportunities for a quick stroll around town and if you're looking for an example of what life in Mid-Wales used to be like before the malls and the supermarkets moved in then you won't be disappointed.

Restaurants in Builth Wells

Thanks to an excellent range of cafes, pubs and restaurants, eating in Builth Wells covers all tastes and budgets with traditional cream teas and fine dining options enabling visitors to make the most of eating out from morning until night. No matter which restaurant in Builth Wells you prefer to visit, you'll always find local produce well represented on the menu with generous portions of steaks, pies and sausages never failing to impress.

Landmarks in Builth Wells

The architecture of Builth Wells combines several Grade II listed buildings with typical stone masonry and provides great insight into both the longevity and the simplicity associated with traditional modes of construction.

One such example is the bridge over the River Wye which has been carrying all manner of vehicle for over 200 years and is well worth investigating either on foot or by car.

Other points of interest include the Llywelyn Mural on Broad Street and the bronze bull in the riverside park, both of which represent the town's historical and agricultural connections.  

Outdoor Activities in Builth Wells

With an 18-hole golf course, several pony trekking trails and plenty of peaceful places for fishing, getting active in Builth Wells is all about the great outdoors.

If you fancy a historical stroll then follow the sign from beside the Lion Hotel which leads to the site of Builth Castle which was once a mighty Edwardian fortress. Although all that's left is a series of mounds, ditches and earthworks the views of the town and river are fantastic and provide a tranquil alternative to the high street down in the town below.

Nature in Builth Wells

Natural scenes in and around Builth Wells encompass several woods, rivers and wetlands with numerous examples of birdlife to be found: don’t forget to pack your binoculars. A fantastic place to explore other wildlife is the Red Kite Centre at Gigrin Farm which is a unique, educational exhibition centre with numerous interactive displays set in the centre of over 200 acres of surrounding countryside.

Essential Builth Wells

Bulith Wells is the quintessential traditional market town of Mid-Wales with plenty of shops, cafés and natural beauty that allows you the chance to rest and relax as you make the most of the laid back life in Powys.

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