Towns today
in modern Powys
  Our 18 Powys communities in 2002  

The pages of our website tell us a great deal about 18 different communities throughout Powys as they were in Victorian times.
A brief description of some of these towns today is given here...


Brecon today is a thriving market town, with an expanding shopping area, business parks and units, and an internationally famous jazz festival.
Many hotels and eating places cater for visitors to the Brecon Beacons National Park, and attractions in the town itself, which include the Brecknock Museum, Theatr Brycheiniog, and the South Wales Borderers’ Museum. The town has several primary schools, a secondary school, and a college of further education.

  Builth Wells
Builth Wells is the venue for Wales’s biggest agricultural event, the Royal Welsh Show. The town was the venue for the National Eisteddfod in 1993, marked by the Gorsedd Circle of Stones.
Builth Wells has a growing number of manufacturing businesses, and attracts visitors for salmon fishing and canoeing on the River Wye, and the Wyeside cinema, theatre, and arts centre.

Like Brecon, Crickhowell has many hotels and eating places for visitors to the Brecon Beacons National Park. There is a primary and secondary school in the town.

Hay-on-Wye (pictured right) is now internationally famous for its second-hand bookshops, and for the annual Literary Festival featuring many top writers, artists and musicians. The town has a business park, and many inns and restaurants for the thousands of tourists who come for the bookshops and leisure facilities.
Hay on Wye

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