Place Category: Feature
Gateway to the Brecon Beacons, enjoy the wilderness then head back to town for comfortable beds and independent shopping.
The area around Llandovery was key to the Roman plan to conquer Wales and is situated on Roman roads heading to a fort just outside what is now Brecon, and on to Carmarthen and to the Dolaucothi gold mines. The town itself is situated just above the confluence of the River Tywi and Afon Bran and is the site of a Norman castle built in 1110 which changed hands between the English and Welsh several times and was attacked by Owain Glyndwr in 1403. Llandovery received its charter in 1485 from Richard III and thrived due to its position on the main route between London and Carmarthen. A number of coaching inns remain in the town, testament to its importance as a droving centre. The remains of Llandovery Castle can be found on the banks of the Afon Bran. The town also houses an impressive 16ft stainless steel memorial to Llewelyn ap Gruffyd Fychan who was pressed into service by Henry IV during the rebellion lead by Owain Glyndwr but hoodwinked the king’s troops, allowing Glyndwr to escape. Llandovery is a great place for exploring the Brecon Beacons, located as it is on the western edges of this area. Fishing on the River Tywi is popular and there is plenty of scope for cyclists, with on and off-road cycling at Crychan Forest where it’s also possible to hire bicycles. Like much of Wales, it’s a stunning place to walk, whether you want to stroll along the river or head for the hills. For bird watchers, there’s an RSPB reserve close by too. The Llandovery Sheep Festival held in September is an annual event harking back to the town’s importance in the sheep trade. The rest of the year, there are plenty of local, independent shops to browse on the high street or you can visit the popular Llandovery Craft Centre.
ACCOMMODATION FOOD & DRINK
In Llandovery itself, the Castle Hotel and the Kings Head Inn offer hotel accommodation and there are plenty of B&Bs available: try The Drovers in the Market Square or, for hostel accommodation, there’s The Level Crossing, close to the station! There are also a couple of convenient campsites in the area. Llandovery is well served with cafes: The Old Printing Office and the Penygawse Victorian Tearooms are worth a visit. Pubs include the Neuadd Fawr Arms. Llandovery holds a monthly Farmers Market, perfect for choosing some local produce to take home, and a weekly Country Market.
NEED TO KNOW
Getting to Llandovery: Llandovery is on the A40 between Brecon and Llandeilo and on the A483 from Builth Wells.
Parking: There’s pay and display parking behind the Tourist information centre on Castle Street and at the station.
Public Transport: Llandovery has a railway station on the Heart of Wales Railway Line running between Swansea and Shrewsbury. Buses run to
Carmarthen and Lampeter.
Llandovery Tourist Information http://www.breconbeacons.org/llandovery-tourist-information 01550 720693
Llandovery Angling Association http://www.llandoveryaa.co.uk/
Crychan Forest http://www.crychanforest.org.uk/ 01550 720008
Towy Valley Cycles http://www.towyvalleycycles.co.uk/llandovery.php 07576 431960
Llandovery Sheep Festival https://www.llandoverysheepfestival.co.uk/
Llandovery Craft Centre https://www.facebook.com/llandoverycraftcentre/ 01550 721452
The Castle Hotel http://castle-hotel-llandovery.co.uk/ 01550 720343
The Kings Head Inn http://www.kingsheadcoachinginn.co.uk/ 01550 720393
The Drovers B&B http://www.droversllandovery.co.uk/ 01550 721115
The Level Crossing 01550 721155
Llandovery Caravan and Camping Park http://www.llandovery-caravan-camping-park.co.uk/ 01550 721065
Erwlon Caravan and Camping Park http://www.erwlon.co.uk/ 01550 721021/720332
Rhandirmwyn Camping and Caravanning Site http://www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/campsites/uk/carmarthenshire/llandovery/rhandirmwyn 01550 760257
The Old Printing Office https://www.facebook.com/TheOldPrintingOffice 01550 720690
Penygawse Victorian Tearooms http://www.penygawse.co.uk/ 01550 721727
Neuadd Fawr Arms http://www.neuaddarms.com/
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