Llandovery is an old drover town sited on the slopes of the upper Towy Valley at the western edge of the Brecon Beacons and the Fforest Fawr Geopark. The Geopark has an important geological heritageóitís 480 million years old. Three rivers are found around the area: the Towy, Bran, and Gwydderig.
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Scenery in the surrounding area is outstanding with many treed hills, valleys, and an RSPB reserve with nature walks in oak and alder woodland.
Itís a cheerful, welcoming town for visitors with many colourful houses and amenities. The town has a tourist information centre with a small display about the area. There are a number of places to eat and stay in the town and surrounding area.
In the town centre is a cobbled market square and clock tower. On a small grass hill by the car park are the remains of a 12th century Norman castle. New to the site is a stainless steel sculpture of the local lord, Llewellyn ap Gruffydd-Fychan who was executed for his support of the freedom of Wales. He supported the rebel prince Owain Glyndwr. Climb to the top for views over the countryside.
Saint Dingatís (Llandingat) church is on the townís western edge. There is a chancel with south chapel, nave with north porch and a south aisle, the latter two dating from the 13th century.
Llandovery rail station provides access to a 121 mile Heart of Wales Railway running from Swansea to Shrewsbury. Buses offer rides and tours in the Brecon Beacons National Park.
Tourist Information Centre
By the town car park
Tel. 0 1550 720 693
Fforest Fawr Geopark: Fforest Fawr Geopark
Bus tours of Brecon Beacons: Travel Brecon Beacons
Tel. 0 1873 853 254
Gwenffrwd-Dinas RSPB Nature Reserve
10 miles north of Llandovery on minor road to Llyn Brianne
Tel. 0 1654 700 222
Parking; picnic table; parts of trail are rugged and steep and can be wet
Web: Gwenffrwd-Dinas RSPB Nature Reserve
Penygawse Victorian Tea Rooms and Guest House
12 High St, Llandovery, Carmarthenshire, SA20 0PU
Tel. 0 1550 721 727
Email: Penygawse Tea Rooms and Guest House
Web: Penygawse Victorian Tea Rooms and Guest House
Richard and Claire Latimir
Henllys Estate Bed & Breakfast
Wales, SA20 0EW
Tel. 0 1550 721 332
Email: Henllys Estate Bed & Breakfast
Web: Henllys Estate Bed & Breakfast
Photos © by Barbara Ballard