Food & Drink
Rhayader has a plethora of pubs however the following also provide food:
The Triangle Inn Cwmdauddwr
A lovely little 16th century coaching Inn providing good Pub food. Booking advised 01597 810537
Can accommodate large groups 01597 811099
Ty Morgans Bistro
The Lamb and Flag
Can accommodate large groups 01597 810819
The Elan Valley Hotel
Can accommodate large groups 01597 810448
New Indian Restaurant and take away 01597 811459
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.
Staunton Park Gardens.
This beautiful garden sits in lovely Herefordshire countryside. The garden comprises c.10 acres. At spring time the extensive rhododendron groves dominate the views to the lake. The knot garden, behind its impressive yew hedge, and the many mixed borders planted within the last 5 years continue to delight well into September.
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 including our own Beili Neuadd Garden on August 2ndthis year for the first time.
Hay Festival, Hay on Wye.
The international literary festival. 22 May – 1 June
Royal Welsh Showground
including the Smallholder and Garden Festival 17 & 18 May, The Royal Welsh Agricultural Show 21 – 24 July, Winter Fair TBC
Victorian Festival, Llandrindod Wells.
Set against the back drop of the spa town’s Victorian architecture this unique Festival transforms the town back to the Victorian Era. It finishes with a wonderful firework display on the lake.
Man V Horse Marathon, Llanwrtyd Wells.
The race starts in the town square and is run over a 22 mile course through some of the finest scenery in Mid Wales.
A man beat a horse for the first time in 2007.
Home of Bog Snorkeling too.
Things to do indoors
Rhayader Leisure Centre This has a pool, gymn, badminton court and a squash court. Activities programmes during school holidays. www.rlc.powys.gov.uk Tel 01597 810355
CARAD and Rhayader Museum & Gallery Exhibitions, music and theatre www.carad.org.uk 01597 810192
The Willow Globe open air theatre - a scaled down version of the Globe in London, Find the programme of events at www.willowglobe.co.uk 01597 811487
Wyeside Arts Centre - Builth Wells, open all year for cinema, theatre and shows including Live Links to Opera, Ballet and Theatre nationwide www.wyeside.co.uk Tel 01982 552555
Quackers Indoor play centre www.quackersnow.com Tel 01597 860111
National Cycle Museum The collection houses hundreds of cycles in period settings from 1819 to the present day. www.cyclemuseum.org.uk Tel 01597 825531
The Thomas Shop Wool Emporium, Tea Room and Victorian museum in Penybont www.thomas-shop.com Tel 01597 851951
Llywernog Silver-Lead Mines This is on the road to Aberystwyth at Ponterwyd www.silverminetours.co.uk Tel 01970 890620
The Judges Lodgings Explore both upstairs and downstairs in this restored Lodging in Knighton. www.judgeslodging.org.uk
Tel 01544 260650
Royal Welsh Crystal Based in Rhayader , handcrafted cut crystal glass producing cut glass bowls, wine glasses & decanters etc. www.welshroyalcrystal.co.uk
A beautiful historic home open daily for tours. The 52 room, Grade II Victorian Revival Gothic Mansion and 12 acre garden overlooks the ruins of the 12th century Cistercian abbey. Each room is decorated for Christmas with a different theme.
The Spaceguard Centre and Observatory, Knighton. 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.
Erwood Station Craft Centre, Gallery and Tea Rooms. A picturesque rural railway station along the banks of the River Wye. Original work by local artists and artisans. Gifts, teas and fresh homemade cakes. Craft demonstration days and events throughout the year. Plenty of walks including the river walk.
Things to do outdoors
Spoilt for choice, there are many lovely walks around Rhayader and further afield in the Cambrian Mountains.
The Elan Valley Walking and Cycling Trail begins in Rhayader and takes you to the Elan Valley and its lakes. There are many walks around Rhayader - including a town trail - and information with descriptions and maps can be downloaded from www.leapingstiles.co.uk Regular organized walks found on Rhayader's website under 'Events' or in the newsletter in the Bunkhouse and Farmhouse.
The Wye Valley Walk is a perfect mix of hill and river walking. The stretch from Rhayader to Builth Wells and then onto Hay on Wye runs alongside the Wye , Can be picked up in /Rhayader or Llanwrthwl.
Glyndwr’s Way begins at Knighton and meanders through open moorland, rolling farmland, woodland and forest of Mid Wales. The stretch between Knighton, Llangunllo and Llanbadarn Fynydd is easily accessible and travels over Beacon Hill before dropping down to the River Ithon at Llanbadarn.
Walking World A website for suggested walks in an area and you can download maps. www.walkingworld.com
The Monks Trod footpath.
Elan Valley Visitor Centre - Open all year the rangers offer both a wealth of local knowledge on the area, wildlife and Flora and Fauna as well as creating and running activities. www.elanvalley.org.uk 01597 810880
Parks - There are 2 parks by the river Wye in Rhayader where children can play and paddle
Cycling – We are on Three National Cycle Network Trails here at Beili Neuadd including the N8, N80, The Radnorshire Ring and also the Trans Cambrian Route. Bikes can be stored in our Barn. A hose for hosing bikes is also provided. Bikes can be hired from Clive Powell Bikes in the town and they also run Muddy Weekends as well as the Hill Race from Rhayader.
Fishing - There is a thriving Angling Association in Rhayader. There is fishing on the rivers Wye, Elan and Marteg and fly fishing on the Elan Valley Lakes. Llyngwyn Lake provides trout fishing and is just a mile away. Permits are available from Powell's Newsagents in Rhayader or at Llyngwyn Lake. www.rhayaderangling.co.uk Tel 01597 810383
FUNGHI FORAGING Spend a lovely day/weekend on a wild mushroom forays and learn all there is to know from local Fungi expert Daniel Butler. www.funghiforays.co.uk
Shooting - The Mid Wales Shooting Centre is one of the premier clay target facilities in the UK. It caters for the novice and expert shooter, providing a range of shooting facilities which include Trap and Skeet layouts and 18 Sporting Stands. www.midwalesshootingcentre.com
Birdwatching - The bird life here at Beili Neuadd is fantastic. We have a resident Tawny Owl amongst the 60 species of birds we have identified here including the now rare Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Tree Creepers, Red Starts, Gold Crests and many more. There are also several reserves in the area.
Red Kite Centre at Gigrin Farm near Rhayader where kite and other hawks are fed daily. Hire a hide. www.redkitecentre.co.uk Tel 01597 810243
Gilfach, Owned by Radnorshire wildlife, a haven for all manner of birds, salmon leaping. Otters and lovely walks.
Radnorshire Wildlife has a website with events and courses.
Natural Mid Wales www.naturalmidwales.co.uk
Wye Lavender Farm - Set on a hillside just outside Rhayader is Wye Lavender Farm. Harvesting is from May to September. Tea Room and Lavender Shop. www.wyelavendar.co.uk Tel 01597 810627
Underhill Riding Stables in Dolau (10 miles) www.underhillridingstables.co.uk 01597 851850
Llandrindod Wells boasts a superb 18 hole course originally designed by open champion Harry Vardon and subsequently altered by James Braid. Sitting above Llandindrod Wells, it affords spectacular views . There is an open week Festival of Golf in the first week of June. Visitors welcome. www.lwgc.co.uk Tel 01597 822010
Builth Wells Golf Course A lovely course. Visitors welcome www.builthwellsgolfclub.co.uk Tel 01982 553296
The River Wye can be accessed from Rhayader at Marteg Bridge and the Riverside Walk in Rhayader also at the junction of the A470 and Llanwrthwl is a designated canoe access point. www.wyeuskfoundation.org/navigation
It’s easy to visit the seaside for the day whilst staying here. Only 32 miles from Rhayader, Aberystwyth is the nearest seaside town. However, the beaches at Aberdovey and Ynyslas, near Borth, are lovely for walking or making sandcastles.
Take a tour off road in a Cambrian Safari Landover. Tours tailored to you, either meet at Devils Bridge or be picked collected by the here at Beili Neuadd. www.cambriansafaris.co.uk
Brown trout fishing is available on the Elan Valley Reservoirs and the rivers Wye, Elan and Marteg,
Rainbow trout fishing at Llyngwyn. Permits available from Powell’s Newsagent, Rhayader and Hafod Hardware Rhayader. All controlled by Rhayader and Elan Valley Angling Association. www.rhayaderangling.co.uk Tel: 01597 810383.
Llyn Clywedog Reservoir with stunning scenery. Regularly stocked. Permits available (Bank and Boat) from Woosnam & Davies (Newsagents), 40-41 Longbridge Street, Llanidloes. Controlled by:Llanidloes & District Angling Association.
Spring Rock Fishery, Llandegley. The lake is roughly 2.5 acres. It is stocked with carp up to 24lb consisting of mirrors, commons, crucians, ghosts and koi. www.springrockfishery.co.uk 07970 092160
Phil Price's Rally School Llangunllo. The rally stages were specifically designed by Phil and used by club men and top world rally teams for pre-event practice and testing. The School offers a day’s course in Rally driving for complete beginners.
www.philprice.co.uk 01547 55030