things to do

Llandrindod Lake

We have provided these information pages to help you find services you may need and make the most of your time on your holiday. There is also a very good mobile App – ‘Around Me’ – that shows much of the local information, location of supermarkets and so on. Just install the app on your phone and put our post code LD1 5TY in the location box.

IMPORTANT NOTE: the service and amenity information provided here is for guidance only. We recommend that you make direct contact with any service or amenity provider to confirm availability before travelling.


Penybont village has a train station, garden centre, pub and museum. There are playing fields by the river used for local sports and leisure events including fun days and football. Horse trotting racing takes place here in the month of August.

The Severn Arms
The Severn Arms at Penybont is an eighteenth-century coaching inn. It is about 5-10 minutes walk from Tynewydd. Turn left out of the drive and right at A44 – the Inn is 800yds on the right. They are usually open all day every day offering food and drink from 11am – 9pm. They have a beer garden and B&B. The Inn also offers fishing along a 5 mile stretch of the river Ithon. Trout, grayling, occasional salmon, brown trout, are just some of the fish that can be caught.
Phone number: 01597 851224.

Midway Plants Garden Centre
Midway Plants in Penybont is a traditional plant nursery with a big variety of plants. They produce their own bedding plants, and many of the perennials, shrubs, herbs and vegetables on sale. It is about 5-10 minutes walk from Tynewydd. Turn left out of the drive and left at A44 – the Centre is 800yds on the right.
Visit their website for contact and opening details: Midway Plants

The Thomas Shop
The village also has a restored shop/museum/gallery and tearoom called The Thomas Shop where there is a wool and weaving exhibition and workshop, a gallery and Tea Shop offering drinks and light lunches. It is about 5-10 minutes walk from Tynewydd. Turn left out of the drive and right at A44 – the Shop is 400yds on the right.
Visit their website for contact and opening details: The Thomas Shop

Llandrindod Wells

Llandrindod Wells is our nearest large town roughly 10 minutes drive south of Penybont. It is one of the largest market towns in the area, holding an open-air market once a week on a Friday. There are plenty of independent shops along with two supermarkets: Tesco and Aldi. The town attractions include a leisure centre, tennis club, an 18 hole Golf Club and traditional bowling centre. There are also two museums: the Radnorshire Museum and the National Cycle Museum.

Tourist Information Centre
Town Hall, Temple Street, Llandrindod Wells LD1 5DL. Telephone: 01597 822600

The Tourist Information Centre is run by the Llandrindod Wells Town Council at the Old Town Hall, Temple Street. The Centre provides maps, leaflets and guides indicating places to visit, cycle rides, car tours, local walks, public transport, a diary of events, general information and souvenirs. The centre is open throughout the year, with reduced opening times in the winter months. You can view more details at the town website here: Llandrindod Wells

Llandrindod Lake
Only a short distance from the town centre and purpose built during the 19th century. It is a popular attraction in the town and is a prime spot for fishing, attracting anglers, particularly since the lake has been drained and fish re-stocked. There is a variety of wildlife, including geese, ducks, and swans with some lovely walks around the lake. Further trails lead into the surrounding woods and beyond. The Lakeside Café, as well as serving food and drink, offers fine views of the lake. A lovely place to relax whilst watching the birds on the wildlife sanctuary. Beneath the cafe, there is a souvenir shop serving takeaway snacks and drinks. Peddle boats and remote control boats are available to hire in the summer.


Rhayader is a market town on the banks of the River Wye, 20 miles from its source on the Plynlimon range of the Cambrian Mountains. Its about 20 minutes drive west of Penybont along the A44. There are plenty of eateries, numerous shops, a leisure centre with pool, a wonderful riverside walk and two large free car parks. View more details at the town website here: Rhayader

Elan Valley Visitor Centre
Situated a couple of miles west of Rhayader, we highly recommend a visit to the beautiful Elan Valley while you are staying with us. Part of the rugged Cambrian Mountains, Elan is a beautiful and unspoilt area made even more compelling by the dams and reservoirs which together create a wonderful, living landscape. The views are stunning and you are never far away from points of interest. The visitor centre houses an exhibition showing how the Elan Valley has developed, audio/video facilities, restaurant and information centre. It also organises guided walks to view the wildlife and outstanding scenery around, including a chance to glimpse the rare Red Kite. The Elan Valley is an area of outstanding natural beauty and a drive around the spectacular grandeur of the dams which provide water for a large area of the West Midlands, will reward visitors with unparalleled views of this beautiful, unspoilt part of Mid Wales.
View more details including visitor centre facilities and opening hours at their website here: Elan Valley

Gigrin Farm
This 160 acre family-run working farm is home to the Red Kite Feeding Centre. Hundreds of Red Kites feed there every day – a truly breath-taking spectacle! The Red Kite Centre is located in the most beautiful countryside, in the heart of Mid Wales, overlooking both the Wye and Elan Valleys, and just half a mile south of Rhayader. Feeding takes place at a fixed time each afternoon and there are general hides to watch from as well as specialist photographic hides, all just a few metres away from where the Red Kites are fed. There is also a coffee shop, gift shop, picnic site, and farm trail on site. For contact, opening hours and feeding times, please visit the website: Gigrin Farm

CARAD Rhayader Museum and Gallery
The downstairs Exhibition Gallery features a variety of exhibitions throughout the year. Upstairs in the Museum Gallery there are films to watch, and more than 50 oral histories to listen to along with a vast array of objects to look at. The building is fully accessible with a lift to the upper floor.
Address: East Street, Rhayader, Powys LD6 5ER
Website: CARAD Museum and Gallery

Builth Wells

Builth Wells is a small town bursting with history about half an hour drive south of Penybont. The town has plenty of independent shops, eateries, a small gallery, arts centre and cinema, picnic sites and walks. Ideas of things to do and a little about the history of the town can be seen at this website: Explore the Kingdom of Builth

Wyeside Arts Centre
Situated in the market town of Builth Wells, about half an hour drive from the property, this unique centre incorporates a theatre and cinema and, as well as the latest films, has a variety of live entertainment covering the theatre, music, dance and children’s shows. There is also a gallery showing works by local artists and craftspeople.
Box Office: 01982 552 555
Address: Wyeside Arts Centre, Castle Street, Builth Wells, Powys, LD2 3BN
Website: Wyeside Arts Centre

Erwood Station Gallery
Erwood is the largest privately owned Applied Arts Gallery in Wales, with just over sixty exhibiting Artist/Makers showing at any one time. The Gallery is an eclectic space housed within three railway carriages from the 1860s, a railway ticket office and an Atrium. There’s lots for everyone to see and there are numerous wonderful walks directly from the  car park and down along the banks of the river Wye. They also offer cold drinks, ice creams and brownies to takeaway.
Address: Llandeilo Graban, Builth Wells, Powys LD2 3SJ
Website: Erwood Station Gallery

The Royal Welsh Show
One of the biggest agricultural events in Europe is held annually in Builth Wells: The Royal Welsh Show. It is organised by the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society and takes place in July of each year, at Llanelwedd, just north of the town.  Other shows are held in the showground during the year – for dates of all events visit their website: Royal Welsh Agricultural Society



Some 16 miles east takes you to the historic town of Presteigne, about 25 minutes drive from the property, with a range of independent shops, various eating places, town trail and featuring the historic and award-winning Judge’s Lodging museum.
For more details visit the Presteigne website

The Judge’s Lodging
Step into the 1870s at the award-winning Judge’s Lodging and discover the world of a most unusual household.
Website: The Judge’s Lodging

Presteigne Screen
Independent cinema located in the The Assembly Rooms on Broad Street.
Website: Presteigne Screen


Kington is an historic market town just over the border into England on the western side of Offa’s Dyke, about half an hour’s drive from Tynewydd heading east along the A44. There are numerous independent shops, a Co-op supermarket, museum and golf course. View more details about the town at the Kington tourist information website.

Small Breeds Farm, Kington
The Oaklands Small Breeds Farm lies just outside Kington. It is open from April until the end of October and offers a close encounter with a variety of miniature, rare and unusual animals and birds in an idyllic setting, with guided tours and wheelchair access. For contact and opening details, visit their website: Small Breeds Farm

Hergest Croft Gardens
Set in the heart of the Welsh Marches, this 70 acre garden has stunning views towards the Black Mountains. Created over 120 years by four generations of the Banks family, Hergest Croft has a unique collection of over 5,000 rare plants, trees and shrubs as well as more than 90 ‘Champion’ trees. There are gorgeous flower borders, an old fashioned Kitchen Garden, Azalea Garden, Maple Grove, and Park Wood. Spectacular spring and autumn colour make this a garden for all seasons. Hergest Croft also offers plant sales and cafe. For contact and opening details, visit their website: Hergest Croft Gardens


Knighton is a small market town sitting astride the border between Wales and England, a historic town set in the lush rolling country of the Marches about 25 minutes drive north east. The Welsh name for the town is “Tref-y-Clawdd”, the town on the Dyke. Knighton is the only town to lie on the line of Offa’s Dyke, and is the home to the Offa’s Dyke Centre and the mid point of the Offa’s Dyke National Trail.
For more details visit their website: Knighton

The Offa’s Dyke Centre
Home of the Offa’s Dyke Association, the friends’ group for both Offa’s Dyke the 8th century border earthwork monument and Offa’s Dyke Path National Trails. At the centre you can find out about King Offa, his Dyke, the National Trail and the wider Welsh border region. Browse interpretive displays, book and souvenir shop and enjoy tea or coffee with one of their famous cakes.
For more details, visit their website: Offa’s Dyke Association

The Bleddfa Centre
Small gallery located in Bleddfa, about 20 minutes from the property on the way to Knighton – consider combining with a walk at Fishpools (see walking section.) From their website: ‘Imagine a place where all dimensions of creativity are nurtured, in a landscape that is beautiful at any season. A place both replenishing and nourishing to the spirit. A place which invigorates the mind, diversifies the intellect and delights the eye. A place which strives to help us all lead fuller and richer lives. Imagine such a unique place, and what it might do for you. Such a place exists at the Bleddfa Centre for the Creative Spirit.’
Bleddfa, Knighton LD7 1PA
Website: The Bleddfa Centre


Hay is a small market town to the south east, about 40 minutes drive from the property. It is most famous for its book shops and annual festival but has plenty of other independent shops and eateries.
See more details at their website: Hay-on-Wye

Richard Booth’s Bookshop Cinema
Richard Booth’s bookshop hosts a cosy 50 seat cinema with comfy seats showing the latest releases, classics and world cinema.
Address: Brook Street, Hay-on-Wye, Hereford HR3 5AA
Website: Richard Booth’s Bookshop Cinema

Brecon and the Brecon Beacons

Just under an hour south of the property you will find Brecon, a bustling market town right at the top edge of the glorious Brecon Beacons National Park. It’s known for the famous Brecon Jazz Festival, independent shops and cafés, history, military connections and its magnificent cathedral. Stretching further south from Brecon town you could explore the stunning Brecon Beacons National Park with two National Trails and the highest peak in south Wales Pen y Fan, this is fabulous walking country.
This section of the Visit Wales website has more details: Brecon Beacons


Aberystwyth is located on the west coast about an hour scenic drive away along the A44. Aberystwyth is the principal holiday resort and administrative centre of the west coast of Wales. It is also home to the University of Wales Aberystwyth and the National Library. The town is nestled between three hills and two beaches, and hosts some castle ruins, a pier and a harbour. The surrounding hills hold the visible remains of a iron age fort and also a monument to Wellington and once climbed offer stunning views of Cardigan Bay.
See more details at their website: Aberystwyth

For more ideas and many other attractions in the Mid Wales and coast area, try the Visit Mid Wales website.