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Welcome to Llanwrtyd & District Heritage and Arts Centre.

The Centre lets visitors explore the history of this unique Mid-Wales town and wander round an art gallery.

Both are housed in a delightfully converted 19th century Congregational Chapel.

Llanwrtyd was once described as “consisting of one-storey thatched cottages having a couple of rooms and an attic window about the size of Mr Pickwick’s spectacles”.

Then its fortunes changed dramatically with the discovery of “the finest sulphur spring in the kingdom” – and the arrival of the railway line.

Since then – for over two hundred years – the town has been welcoming visitors.

They came to “take the waters” and enjoy the towns’ many attractions. Nowadays it attracts pony trekkers, walkers and mountain bikers.

All come to experience the peace and quiet of the surrounding countryside.

More recently the town has become famous as a centre for eccentric sporting events such as the annual Man versus Horse Marathon and World Bogsnorkelling Championships..

Entrance to the Centre & Art Gallery is free and is accessible to all.

Visitor Centre

Interactive exhibits inside the superbly converted and modernised chapel show the history of this part of Wales and the town as a major tourist attraction when it hosted a spa.

A visit to Llanwrtyd & District Heritage and Arts Centre takes you on a journey through the history of this small town and its surroundings.

You will receive a warm welcome yourself and discover how this welcome has long been offered to tourists and travellers.

Interactive maps let you see the rapid growth of the town and find key places in its history.

You can play back recorded memories of local residents to gain an insight into now-lost daily life.

Younger visitors can become detectives as they ‘Follow the Frog’ to complete a quiz.

If you’ve heard of Llanwrtyd Wells it’s probably as home to a whacky sporting contest. So why not come and find out why visitors from all over the world journey here to swim in a murky bog or chase a horse all over the countryside!

Art Gallery

The Centre hosts an art gallery that showcases the arts and crafts of local creators that embody the essence of Mid-Wales, whose landscapes, environments and peace provide such vital inspiration.

There is a programme of exhibitions throughout the year, and workshop and demonstration areas allow visitors to meet and interact with artisans. The Centre is particularly interested in maintaining and developing the traditional crafts and produce of Mid Wales.

The Centre provides an attractive venue for holding small concerts and recitals or for a small meeting space centrally located for Powys and Mid-Wales.

Ollie West Band performing at the Centre

Visit the What’s On page to see what’s coming up.

If you are interested in exhibiting or holding a workshop at the Heritage & Arts Centre please contact us.

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Give a Heritage Centre Calendar for Christmas

Stuck for a present for friends & family this Christmas? Why not get them a 2020 Heritage Centre Calendar. Brighten up any home and also help support Llanwrtyd & District Heritage and Arts Centre. Each month shows Llanwrtyd and the surrounding area at it’s best throughout the year. The Calendar is available from the Heritage …

BBC 2 Folk Award Finalists to perform at the Heritage Centre

A music event not to be missed Lllanwrtyd & District Heritage and Arts Centre are very pleased to welocome Cup O’Joe to the centre on 14th January 2020. Cup O’Joe is a family trio who have been playing together from their early teens.  Former BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award Finalists, they blend the intricate …

Christmas Comes to the Heritage Centre

From 1st November we have a new exhibition entitled – “A Victorian Christmas”. In addition to images of Christmas from past times and information about how our modern day Christmas evolved, we have re-created a Victorian sitting room at Christmas within the Heritage Centre. This display will culminate in our Christmas Drop-In on SATURDAY 7th DECEMBER – 10am – …

Find & Contact Us

Call 01591 610067

Llanwrtyd & District Heritage and Arts Centre, Ffos Road, Llanwrtyd Wells LD5 4RG, UK

The centre is located in a converted Congregational Chapel off the A483 in the town centre.

Map of how to find Llanwrtyd Wells visitor centre

Llanwrtyd Wells Station is on the Heart of Wales railway.

To enquire about arranging an individual or group visit, if you have any questions regarding the contents of the centre or if you are an artist who would like to display in the Art Gallery then please use the form below.

The Heritage Centre is always keen to hear from visitors or those with family from the area who have stories, photos or memorabilia which they would be happy to share with the Centre.