Carlton Riverside is a Restaurant-with-Rooms, and occupies the second oldest building in Llanwrtyd Wells, the smallest town in Britain. It sits on the south bank of the River Irfon, a lovely crystal-clear stream flowing through the middle of the town. Parking is not a problem here, as there is a free public car park just opposite the restaurant. Llanwrtyd Wells nestles at the foot of the Cambrian Mountains, a stunningly beautiful range of mountains and valleys, and one of Wales’s best kept secrets. There are wonderful walks to be had without any necessity to drive – you can just set off straight from the front door. Mountain biking is a growing sport and this is a very popular area to indulge in this activity, and bikes can readily be hired locally. Bird watching is also a very popular pastime and the once endangered red kite now flourishes in this area. Golf is available at the Builth Wells golf club a mere 15 minutes away. Horse riding can also be arranged, as this was the original home of Welsh pony trekking! - just give us a call and we will organise everything for you, whether horses, bikes or whatever.
If you fancy a day by the sea, the resorts of Newquay, Aberaeron and Aberystwyth are a mere hour’s drive away, Tenby, Saundersfoot or the Gower Peninsula just a little further. We are also well placed to visit the castles of the Marches such as Raglan, Caerphilly and Chepstow, as well as the fairytale Castel Coch (the Red Castle) a 13th Century castle re-built by the Marquis of Bute, who refashioned Cardiff Castle in the same high Victorian style. There is also a magnificent Roman Amphitheatre at Caerleon near Newport which is well worth a visit.
If you are horticulturally minded there are several gardens within a short drive of Llanwrtyd Wells. Aberglasny is very beautiful and features a lovely walled garden and a thousand year old Yew tunnel. Not far from Aberglasny stands the National Botanic Garden of Wales with its massive glass house and landscaped grounds and if you like a bit of history, Powis Castle and Gardens are 1 hour away to the north. The historic city of Hereford is only fifty miles to the east and to the south you have the shops of Swansea and Cardiff.
If you are interested in rail travel the Heart of Wales Line (Shrewsbury-Swansea line) runs through the town and the station is a 5 minute walk from Carlton Riverside. You can get here by rail from anywhere in Britain, additionally if you have driven here travelling on the train to Shrewsbury is a delightful and relaxing way to explore the breathtaking scenery which is Mid-Wales. As you can see there really are lots of things to do between breakfast and dinner! If you are accompanied by children there is an activity centre nearby and a major theme park, Oakwood, just to the west of Carmarthen, with amazing rides for both young children and their older siblings which will render them exhausted in no time. Oakwood also boasts the largest wooden roller coaster anywhere; people come from all over the world just to ride it. Other places of interest include the famous book town of Hay-on-Wye, the Whisky Distillery at Brecon and The Royal Welsh Showground at Builth Wells which hosts the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show every July.