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Forthcoming Events…

Food Fair

Sat 11th September



Car Boot Sales

The first series of our bi-weekly Car Boot Sales will commence in March. Details below.

Free entry for buyers and 5 pounds per car.


Masters and Matrons

A new publication…

Masters and Matrons
of the Llanfyllin Union Workhouse

Ground-breaking research about workhouse masters: the first time a study like this has been carried out.
Unexpected stories, including those of: Richard Edwards who fled to Liverpool leaving massive debts; David Rowlands whose son fathered children with two workhouse inmates; Tom Astley who had a pet monkey, and a dubious sense of humour.
The inside story of a Welsh workhouse over 140 years.

To order a copy email:


Y Dolydd is a Community Enterprise for Arts, Education, Environment and Heritage.  It’s housed in the Llanfyllin Union Workhouse: the only one in Wales open to the public.

The Workhouse is owned by the Llanfyllin Dolydd Building Preservation Trust (Charity No. 1091097).  The Trust is a community group with membership open to all.  Its elected Trustees manage the project as volunteers.

The Trust bought Y Dolydd and six acres of land with the help of the Architectural Heritage Fund in 2004.  It stood abandoned and derelict.  The priority was to arrest the decay and get the building back into use.  Restoration has been gradual: much has been achieved and more remains to be done. Permaculture study group at the Workhouse in 2009

Y Dolydd is a handsome stone building, listed Grade II*.  It’s Britain’s finest example of a workhouse built under the New Poor Law of 1834.  It stands in the glorious countryside of Mid-Wales, close to the market town of Llanfyllin on the road leading to Lake Vyrnwy.  

Visitors can walk round the site and view the Workhouse History Centre, a small, self-guided museum telling the story of the people who lived and worked here for over a century.  You can watch a 30-minute film, ‘Ghosts of the Workhouse’, aimed at adults and children, and follow a visitor trail with an activity leaflet for families.  There’s a second-hand bookshop upstairs and picnic tables outdoors.  The Centre is open daily free of charge: a donation is appreciated.   Schools and other groups are welcome by appointment.

Facilities at Y Dolydd include:

  • 20 workshops let to artists, small enterprises or community groups (not normally open to the public)
  • A venue with its own café-bar and kitchen, available for functions
  • A 24-bed bunkhouse catering especially for groups
  • A gallery with occasional exhibitions
  • Outdoor space including four courtyards, extensive parking, a garden and fields used for music events, horse shows, rallies and ecological activities.

The Trust is part way through a major project to restore the Master’s House, forming the central hub of the building.  Some other areas still need repair.  When visiting, please remember this is work in progress.

Please consider supporting the Trust by a donation, as a volunteer, or by joining as a member.  The minimum subscription is just a pound a month and you can join by downloading a form from this website.  Volunteers can help with maintaining the building or site, organising events or joining in historical research.    

Y Dolydd, shows how a small community can take on a large historic building of national importance and find it new and viable uses.

Dogs with well behaved owners are welcome to visit. Please keep dogs on a lead and pick up after them. Bins are provided. Our dog policy differs between events so please check with event organisers before bringing your pet to an event. Diolch! Thank you.

Here’s a trailer to our DVD, which you can buy HERE

All profits to the Workhouse Trust (LDBPT)

All profits to the Workhouse Trust (LDBPT)

A superb evening @y_dolydd with our open air Opera by North Wales Opera Studio. Stunning performances. Oh, and the Swifts were wonderful accompaniment too!
@opera @LlanfyllinNews @OswestryChron @CountyTimes

At today’s official Master’s House reopening, Dr Paul Carter tells us about the importance of Y Dolydd – Llanfyllin’s Workhouse as his favourite in the U.K. @WorkhouseNet @cadwwales @UkNatArchives @LlanfyllinTown @TNLComFundWales

We had great fun with our Masquerade performance at the weekend. Thanks to @VibrantVyrnwy for hosting us! Everybody had a fantastic time and the Masqueraders looked fabulous in their costumes!
@Mencapllanfylin @LlanwddynEvents @PavoWellbeing
@MH_LD_PTHB @AllWalesPF @LdWales


We are delighted that tickets are selling well ahead of A Night at the Opera. We have 40 standard entry tickets left. Bring a picnic Glyneborne style! Then watch the open-air 7pm onwards. Bar by Bragdy Tanat & culinary delights on offer.


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