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Rock Park is situated on the south-west side of Llandrindod Wells covering approximately 12 acres (4.9 ha) of land which slopes from the North towards the River Ithon, which forms the western boundary of the park. It is one of the earliest public parks in Wales dating from the late 1860s, when the arrival of the railway and the enclosure of common land led to the development of Llandrindod as a flourishing spa town.

The Cadw Register of Historic Parks and Gardens in Wales lists the Rock Park as Grade II*, along with the other four parks. They are:

  • Rock Park, which includes the Spa Buildings comprising the original Pump Rooms and Bath House, plus extensive outdoor bowling greens.
  • Montpellier Park, now largely built-up with indoor bowling greens, hard tennis courts, car parking and a large pavilion. Only the small southern part can be regarded as parkland and is contiguous with Rock Park through a railway underpass.
  • Temple Gardens, a small area of garden and modern bandstand, north-east of Montpellier Park.
  • The Lake and Common, incorporating an 18-hole golf course, a lake (1872) and next to the Pump House Hotel, now replaced by modern County Buildings.

The central area of Rock Park is occupied by the Spa Buildings, which comprise the former Pump Rooms, which have been converted to a restaurant, presently closed, and the Bath House, now used as a Health Centre with some 15 practitioners offering a variety of treatments. There are a number of mineral springs in the park, including saline, sulphur, magnesia, lithia, radium and chalybeate, the last being the only one that is still available to drink from a marble drinking fountain. A Victorian arboretum occupies the northern part of the park with native woodland to the West along the banks of the River Ithon. A Site of Special Scientific Interest lies along the steep banks of the river. A network of paths connect the different areas and bridges cross the Arlais Brook, which runs through on a south-west diagonal to join the river. At the south-west extremity a natural rock outcrop above the river, known as Loverís Leap, provides a viewing point.

Montpellier Park, originally enclosed in about 1870 as a recreation ground, lies to the eastern side of the railway line, which runs north-south between the two park. It is accessible from Rock Park through an underpass. Only the southern part may be regarded as parkland with the Arlais Brook forming it's southern boundary.

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