Llandovery is a traditional Welsh market town in the Upper Towy (Twyi) valley, bounded by three rivers. Its name means church amidst the waters. It has a historical heritage dating back to Roman times. There are ruins of a Norman castle and also churches and some fine Georgian houses. It was also an important drovers town, where herdsmen gathered from all over South Wales to drive their sheep, cattle, geese and pigs to London. The Heritage Centre is housed in a building dating from around 1750 and has a small museum with interesting displays featuring some of the myths and legends as well as the history of Llandovery and the surrounding area. The striking statue of Llywelyn ap Gruffydd Fychan, a supporter of Owain Glyndwrs struggle for Welsh independence, stands by the castle ruins. In 1401 he was butchered by Henry IV. The Llandovery Craft Centre is on the site of the original meat market and is now a cafe with shops selling crafts and gifts.The area has beautiful countryside where visitors can enjoy walking, birdwatching, cycling, riding, and other outdoor pursuits, or alternatively visit local houses, sites of historic interest and castles. It is at the western edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, an area of special landscape, wildlife and cultural heritage, and Fforest Fawr Geopark, the area designated in 2005 by UNESCO because of its outstanding geological heritage. The Heart of Wales Railway line offers the opportunity to see some spectacular scenery including the Cynghordy Viaduct. Close by are Cilycwm, Rhandirmawn and Llyn Brianne Reservoir which are beautiful places to walk or drive. Stop off at the Dinas RSPB Nature Reserve for a stunning walk along the river and through alder and oak bluebell woodland. Brecfa and Crychan Forests offer woodland and waterfall walks and mountain biking paths.Myddfai (approx 3 miles away) is now the Welsh residence of the Prince Charles, Prince of Wales. The Physicians of Myddfai from medieval times became renowned for herbal remedies and they are also associated with the local legend of the Lady of the Lake Llyn-y-Fan Fach. Not far away are the ruinous abbeys of Strata Florida and Talley, both founded in the 12th century. The town of Llandeilo is also very attractive with upmarket shops, cafes and restaurants. There are many castles both in Llandeilo - Dinefyr Castle – and around, such as Carreg Cennan Castle, one of the most dramatic fortresses on top of a limestone crag and with fantastic views. Aberglasney Gardens and the National Botanic Gardens of Wales are essential visits for all those who love gardens. Dolaucothi Roman Gold Mines, the only Roman Goldmine in Wales, is another essential visit for all those interested in history.