Why go there?
Builth lies in the very heart of Mid Wales, situated at the confluence of two rivers (the Irfon and the Wye). This tiny town is packed with history, character and charm, and visitors can get their bearings by taking in the
, which goes around the perimeter of the town, taking in both Wye and Irfon rivers and showcasing the town’s impressive collection of bridges, including the mighty Wye Bridge, originally built in 1775.
The Lôn Las Cymru cycle path
goes through Builth, although it’s more suited for a summer visit when it’s blessed with an abundance of flora and fauna. Should bad weather prevail, take a trip to the
Wyeside Arts Centre
, which has made the town a local cultural hub for the past 30 years.
Builth is an excellent gateway to Mid Wales’ varied and beautiful landscape. Fancy a bike ride in the Cambrians while quaffing local ale? Head west to Llanwrtyd Wells on the 14 November to take part in the
Real Ale Wobble
. Want to drink in one of the most spectacular views in the country? Do a loop of the Eppynt Mountains on the B4520/B4519, stopping (you’ll know when) to drink in the entire Irfon Valley and rugged
Those with no fear of water or wet weather might want to head 15 miles downstream on the Wye to Glasbury, where you can hire a canoe or kayak for a
unique view of the river
. The Elan Valley reservoirs offer a stunning drive – you’ll find these to the west of Rhayader, a 15-mile drive away on the A470. Don’t forget to stop off at
to see red kites being fed daily at 2pm. And if all that isn’t enough, the
Brecon Beacons National Park
is just an hour’s drive south of
Where to stay
The Caer Beris Manor
is a spectacular building in a gorgeous location, set in 27 acres above the River Irfon on the western outskirts of Builth. Prices start from £70 per person, per night for single occupancy, or £60 per person per night for double occupancy, and include a full Welsh breakfast.
Where to eat
The Greyhound Hotel
offers a cheaper alternative to the Caer Beris when it comes to accommodation (£55-£75 per room per night, including breakfast), plus boasts its own richly varied menu covering all tastes, appetites and budgets, which is sourced locally where possible.
Tell us a local secret
Llewelyn the Last, so titled because he was the last prince of an independent Wales, was ambushed and killed just north of Builth in December 1282. A stone monument at the place where he fell can be found in the village of Cilmeri, one mile west of Builth on the A470. After his death the title Prince of Wales was conferred on the future Edward II, starting the tradition that continues to this day.