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Towns and Villages in Mid Wales

The University town of Aberystwyth, with a population of approximately 15,000, is the largest town in  the Mid & West Coast Wales region

Most towns and villages in the region are small rural market towns and many can be found adjacent to the course of the two great Welsh rivers that rise in the Cambrian Mountains - the River Severn and the River Wye.

On the coast, the most southerly town in the region is the historic town of Cardigan sited at the mouth of the River Teifi. Aberystwyth, in the centre of the region, lies on the mouth of the the river Ystwyth and in Southern Snowdonia you will find the seaside resorts of Aberdyfi,Tywyn and Barmouth.

Towns and Villages ...

Montgomery Town Square

Montgomery

Montgomery

A historic market town, Montgomery is just one mile from Offa's Dyke and the Welsh-Shropshire border. There is much to explore in the area including Montgomery Castle and the town's cobbled streets and Georgian and Victorian architecture.

Llandrindod Wells

Llandrindod Wells

Llandrindod Wells

Llandrindod Wells, or 'Landod' as it is known to locals, is the administrative centre of Powys and one of its largest towns. As the name suggests, it owes its origins to the spring waters that were recognised to have healing properties.

Welshpool

Welshpool/Y Trallwng

Welshpool

Welshpool is a Mid Wales town which lies only 4 miles from the border with England. Its Welsh name 'Y Trallwng' means 'the marshy or sinking land' referring to the fact that the town is low-lying on the River Severn.

Rhayader

Rhayader/Rhaeadr Gwy

Rhayader

A busy, historic market town, Rhayader is named after 'Rhayadr Gwy', a Welsh name for a local waterfall on the Wye. The town is situated in the very heart of Mid Wales in the beautiful Upper Wye Valley sheltered by the Cambrian Mountains.

Newtown

Newtown/Y Drenewydd

Newtown

Newtown, known in Welsh as 'Y Drenewydd', is the largest town in Powys and is situated on the banks of the River Severn. Founded at the end of the 13th century, Newtown boasts a rich industrial heritage, surrounded by beautiful countryside.

Llanfyllin

Llanfyllin

Llanfyllin

Llanfyllin is thriving market town on the upper reaches of the Cain valley and is an ideal centre to explore the area including nearby Lake Vyrnwy and Welshpool.

Hay-on-Wye

Hay-on-Wye/Y Gelli Gandryll

Hay-on-Wye

Hay-on-Wye - in Welsh 'Y Gelli Gandryll' or just 'Y Gelli' is well known as 'the town of books' and is home to the Hay Literature Festival.

Llangammarch Wells Church

Llangammarch Wells

Llangammarch Wells

Llangammarch Wells lies south-west of Builth Wells and east of Llanwrtyd Wells and is the smallest of the four spa towns/villages of Mid Wales.

Ystradgynlais

Ystradgynlais

Ystradgynlais

Ystradgynlais is a small town located south of the Brecon Beacons National Park. It lies on the edge of the coalfield and ironworks were founded here in the early 17th Century.

Brecon

Brecon / Aberhonddu

Brecon

This is a town where you'll enjoy losing yourself...not only in the narrow streets and passageways lined with Georgian and Jacobean shopfronts, but in the sense of timelessness about the place.

Llanfair Caereinion

Llanfair Caereinion

Welshpool

Llanfair Caereinion is in the heart of old Montgomeryshire's Banwy valley and is one of the smallest towns in Powys. The quaint and sleepy exterior of the town give it a picture book feel that typifies the traditional Welsh countryside.

Llanidloes

Llanidloes

Llanidloes

Llanidloes is a small historic market town in Mid Wales; it is the first town along the River Severn.

Talgarth

Talgarth

Brecon

The ancient market Town of Talgarth nestles beneath the Black Mountains which run along the border between Wales and England. Close to Brecon, Crickhowell and Hay-on-Wye, it provides an ideal base for visitors wishing to explore the area.

Builth Wells

Builth Wells/Llanfair ym Muallt

Builth Wells

Builth Wells is home to the Royal Welsh Show, red kites and the final resting place of Wales' last prince, Llewelyn the Last.

Llanwrytd Wells

Llanwrtyd Wells

Llanwrtyd Wells

Llanwrtyd Wells is the smallest town in Britain. It is also one of the friendliest, having a long history of catering for the many visitors who, today, come to enjoy the unspoilt beauty of the surrounding Cambrian Mountains.

Machynlleth

Machynlleth

Machynlleth

Machynlleth, locally referred to colloquially as 'Mach' is an historic market town set in the Dyfi Valley, Powys.

Knighton

Knighton/Tref-y-Clawdd

Knighton

Knighton is a Mid Wales Marches town with a remarkable landscape and rich history. Located on the scenic Heart of Wales railway line, it makes a great base to explore the Offa's Dyke Path or Glyndwr's Way National Trails.

Presteigne

Presteigne/Llanandras

Presteigne

Presteigne, (Llanandras in Welsh), was once the county town of Radnorshire and nestles at the heart of the Mid Wales Marches on the border of Wales and England.

Corris Institute

Corris

Machynlleth

Located 5 miles north of Machynlleth, Corris boasts a surprisingly rich vein of local attractions together with thrilling mountain biking in the forest, excellent fishing at Llyn Myngul and challenging walking on Cadair Idris.

St. Aelhaearn's Church Guilsfield

Guilsfield

Welshpool

Guilsfield is a treasure of a village just three miles north of the market town of Welshpool. It is a great place to base yourself for an exploration of the Mid Wales Marches and an even better place just to relax and indulge yourself.

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