The town Clock was built on the site of the Old Market Hall. It was built in the mid 20th Century as a Memorial to the two World Wars. On the North face is a mother and child with Ivy for sympathy, clasping hands for friendsip. On the East face is a Welsh Dragon fighting the Prussion Eagle and the Old Coat of Arms of the district flanked by leeks,...more
The Parish Church of Rhayader is said to stand on the site of the old Garrison Church of the Castle. Whilst foundations of a new tower were being dug, several skeletons were discovered laid neatly in a mass grave. One was of enormous size with a thighbone longer than a meter. It is generally agreen that these were soldiers of the garrison of...more
Rhayader Castle (1177 - 1231) was a wooden structure built by the Welsh Prince Rhys Ap Gruffrudd to defend the first major crossing of the River Wye. It was later destroyed by Llewelyn the Great in his fight against the Mortimers.Today, the site of the Castle is marked by a flagpole. The northern ditch is the most readily visible, from the...more
The Police station and Courthouse were built about 1870 with Courts sitting until the mid 1990's. It is a lovely building with lovely arches and distinctive studded doors.Nowadays part of the building is used as an Antique market place, it is well worth a wander around here as it's a bit like an Aladdin's cave.more
The Cwmdduddwr Arms is a listed building probably built in the early 17th Century. It is a good example of local style of building - mixing stone and weatherboarding.From here you can hire bikes, buy them or even have them repaired. There is also a sign above the door stating that the premises is licenced. I didn't go in to have a look but chances...more
The original building was mentioned in 1676 as being one of the two inns in Rhayader at that date. Some changes were made in 1683, including the rebuilding of the three chimney stacks, and this date is carved into the old timbers inside the building. Nowadays the Swan Tea Rooms occupy the ground floor of the building. There is a gargoyle above the...more
Around 1799 six toll houses set up on all main entries to the town of Rhayader, gates were built across the roads and those entering the town had to pay a rather unpopular fee to get in. The locals were finding the extra expense hard to meet and eventually people became so angry that between 1839 and 1844 they resorted to violence. Local tollgates...more
I was told I was going bird watching!!! Not being one of my main interests, I half heartedly tried to get excited!!! How mistaken was I.. I found it a fabulous experience and would fully recommend it.Gigrain Farm is the place to be.. It is a Red Kite feeding and rahabilitation centre. There are five hides to observe the birds. Beef is purchased for...more
Its jewel is undoubtedly the Elan Valley, flooded a century ago to provide safe drinking water for Birmingham. This created a wealth of different habitats, free from pollution, where fungi thrive.This is also home to some of our rarest wildlife: from red kites soaring majestically; to oak woods full of pied flycatchers and redstarts; and waters...more
What a nice pub to go to for lunch on a lovely summers day in Wales..
We all had the advertised specials...and they were all lovely! The steak and kidney pie was especially nice...but the only disappointment was the FROZEN lemon meringue pie!!!
This little campiing shop is situated right on the high street of Rhayader. Even though it is small, it has everything you would need for your camping and outdoor needs. I popped in here when I was in Rhayader to get out of the rain & was very lucky to leave having not spent a fortune!