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The Workhouse

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The Workhouse

Venue Details

Name:The Workhouse
Phone:01691 649 062
Sports:Cycling, Rowing, Canoeing

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The Llanfyllin Workhouse is steeped in history and offers accommodation ideally located for rowing at Lake Vyrnwy and cycling either at the Revolution Bike Park or through the varied cycling terrain famous in this part of Wales. It is also perfectly located for canoeists, being close to Grade 1 and 2 routes on the Tanat, Vyrnwy and Severn. For walkers, Offa's Dyke and Glyndwr's Way National Trails are nearby.

The workhouse was originally built in 1837 and housed 250 inmates until 1930 & later it fell in disrepair. The local residents formed a charitable body with the aim of restoring the building and with the help of The National Lottery etc, the Workhouse is now back functioning.

The Workhouse is fast developing as an exciting hub for education, music, local produce, green crafts and arts.

The accommodation comprises of 3 bunkrooms totalling 24 beds. The overnight rate includes the use of a small, self-catering kitchen. For large groups you would have the option of hiring a larger, on-site kitchen.  

Places of Interest


Situated near the Welsh border with Shropshire in the historical town of Llanfyllin, Powys, home of the Lonely Tree recently named Welsh Tree of the Year, Y Dolydd – Llanfyllin Workhouse offers the ideal base for exploring this wonderful area.

Close to the Berwyn Mountains National Nature Reserve, both a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Special Protection Area (SPA), this beautiful area offers access to a range of outdoor and adventure activities. Nearby attractions include Pistyll Rhaeadr waterfall, the tallest single drop waterfall in the UK and Lake Vyrnwy, a hidden gem with array of walks to suit all abilities, cycle hire, water sports, sculpture park, tea rooms and RSPB nature reserve.

Offa’s Dyke and Glyndwr’s Way National Trail is also easily accessible as is the beautiful
Montgomery Canal and the historic Llanymynech Limeworks.  For those on two wheels the B4391 which runs from Llanfyllin to Bala and is one of the most popular east-west routes across Wales for avoiding heavy traffic and there’s also the Revolution Bikepark at nearby Llangynog.  For those seeking action and adventure the adrenalin highs of the Snowdonia National Park include ZipWorld, the World’s longest zip line and BounceBelow, the World’s first subterranean playground.

Training Facilities



Road & MTB Cycling; this part of Wales offers great cycling terrain. Snowdonia National Park and Coed y Breanin Forest Park are both about 25 miles from the Workhouse.

Downhill Cycling; Close to the foothills of Snowdonia National Park Revolution Bikepark is set in 110 acres of private woodlands where you can descend over 4,500 metres in a day. 



The Workhouse is about 10 miles from Lake Vyrnwy. The lake is just over 7.6km long with a stone-built dam at one end which was built in the 1880's.

The Lake has been regularly used by Schools and Universities over the last few years as the cost of training abroad becomes increasingly more expensive.

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