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Culture and Arts in Mid Wales

The landscapes of Mid and West Coast Wales have inspired many artists. Visit museums, galleries and exhibitions featuring groundbreaking national and international works of art; showcasing some of the finest work from Welsh Artists and Makers in a variety of mediums.

Find unique items to buy that have been handcrafted with care; perhaps a gift for someone else, or a reminder of your visit to Mid Wales to take home.

Plenty of museums and galleries for you to discover ...

Museums and Galleries

Internal Fire Museum of Power

Internal Fire Museum of Power

Cardigan

The Internal Fire Museum collection covers early oil engines through to gas turbines but with the emphasis on diesel power from the 1920s to the 1960s. Exhibits are displayed in as near to original working environment.

Rhiannon Celtic Design Centre

Rhiannon Centre

Tregaron

In the heart of a small Welsh speaking town surrounded by spectacular scenery, the Rhiannon Celtic Design Centre is an outstanding showcase of all that is best in Welsh jewellery, arts and crafts.

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.

Ghosts of the Workhouse

Workhouse History Centre

Llanfyllin

One of the best preserved Victorian workhouses in Britain, in a beautiful rural setting. Displays on the Poor Law and Life in the Workhouse for children and adults including 'Ghosts of the Workhouse', a half-hour film in English or Welsh.

Mary Jones World

Mary Jones World

Bala

Mary Jones World is a new state of the art visitor and education centre that tells the story of Mary Jones and Thomas Charles, and the impact of world's best-selling book – on Wales and the world!

King Arthur's Labyrinth

King Arthurs Labyrinth

Machynlleth

Set sail through the cascading veil of an underground waterfall and discover a magical place where tales from the mists of time are retold. Tales of Dragons, Giants and the Legendary King Arthur. New for 2017 - Dragon River.

Machinations - Automata Exhibition

Machinations

Llanbrynmair

Machinations has something for everyone, a play barn to bounce off energy, a rabbit village where you can feed and stroke the animals and the model museum where you can turn handles, push buttons and watch everything work.

Narrow Guage Railway Museum

Narrow Gauge Railway Museum

Tywyn

The Narrow Gauge Railway Museum is an important collection of artifacts relating to Narrow Gauge Railways in the British Isles. From complete locomotives to tickets, it is a unique and comprehensive record of these fascinating railways.

Andrew Logan Museum of Sculpture

Andrew Logan Museum of Sculpture

Welshpool

Experience the amazing fantasy wonderland with sculptures of goddesses and royalty. Visit Andrew Logan's imagination. School visits, private hire and wedding bookings welcome at all times. Special events and workshops held.

Tea room

Erwood Station Gallery

Builth Wells

Erwood Station Gallery showcases the very best in contemporary craft and applied arts in Wales and the Borders. Set in two thousand square feet of exhibition space housed within a railway station and 3 vintage carriages.

Newtown Textile Museum

Newtown Textile Museum

Newtown

The exhibition looks at the process from wool to yarn, it tells the history of the woollen industry in Newtown, the consequences for the town and its people and it includes other related industries such as tanning and clog-making.

1931 Bentley Blower 4.5

Cloverlands Model Car Museum

Montgomery

This is a lifetime’s collection by one lady, Miss Rogers of Trefnanney near Welshpool. She has collected and assembled a piece of motoring par excellence, since her father gave her two model cars for a birthday present as a young girl.

The Oriel Gallery

Oriel Davies Gallery

Newtown

A contemporary art gallery in the heart of Wales. Oriel Davies Gallery is the largest and most significant visual arts venue in the region, and a key gallery of Wales, showing groundbreaking national and international art and craft.

MOMA Machynlleth

Y Tabernacl

Machynlleth

MOMA WALES (Museum Of Modern Art, Wales) flourishes in four beautiful galleries alongside The Tabernacle, a former Wesleyan chapel which opened as a centre for the performing arts in 1986.

The Lion Street Gallery

The Lion Street Gallery

Hay-on-Wye

The Lion Street Gallery is based only 50 yards from the clock tower in the famous book town of Hay-on-Wye.

National Library of Wales

The National Library of Wales

Aberystwyth

The National Library is one of the great libraries of the world. Since 1911 it has enjoyed the right to collect, free of charge, a copy of every printed work published in Britain and Ireland

CAT Water Powered Cliff Railway

Centre For Alternative Technology

Machynlleth

This eco-centre features hands-on displays and working examples of sustainable living, alternative technologies and organic growing. A ride on a water-balanced cliff railway starts off a fun and inspiring day out.

Children listening to oral histories

Rhayader Museum and Gallery (CARAD)

Rhayader

Rhayader Museum and Gallery has been described as a little gem. There is a strong focus on the history of the local area, including the Cambrian Mountains and the Elan Valley.

National Cycle Collection

National Cycle Museum

Llandrindod Wells

Journey through the lanes of cycle history and see bicycles from 1819, such as the Hobby Horse, Boneshakers and Penny Farthings, up to the most modern Carbon Fibre machines of today.

National Wool Museum

National Wool Museum

Llandysul

The National Wool Museum displays tell the story of the Woollen Industry through working machinery, archive material, and exciting hands-on displays and textile gallery.

Small World Theatre

Wales is known as the land of song and a visit to one of our many local theatres to take is a play, performance or show is a great way to take in the local culture.

Mid Wales Theatres

Arts & Crafts Events

RSPB Ynys-hir

Wed 5 Jul - Tue 5 Sep 2017

Machynlleth 01654 704119

 
 
 
Crossings: Adam Buick and the legend of Tresaith

Fri 30 Jun - Sun 27 Aug 2017

Aberystwyth 01970 622192

 
 
 
Llanerchaeron National Trust

Thu 24 Aug 2017

Aberaeron 01545 573024

 
 
 

Wed 23 Aug 2017 - Sat 27 Jan 2018

Newtown 01686625041

 
 

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Exhibitions & Galleries

Art Gallery

Art Gallery

Tregaron

The Art Gallery, located in the stunning atrium of the Rhiannon Centre, aims to showcase the talent of Welsh artists, both local and of international repute.

Tea room

Erwood Station Gallery

Builth Wells

Erwood Station Gallery showcases the very best in contemporary craft and applied arts in Wales and the Borders. Set in two thousand square feet of exhibition space housed within a railway station and 3 vintage carriages.

The Oriel Gallery

Oriel Davies Gallery

Newtown

A contemporary art gallery in the heart of Wales. Oriel Davies Gallery is the largest and most significant visual arts venue in the region, and a key gallery of Wales, showing groundbreaking national and international art and craft.

MOMA Machynlleth

MOMA Machynlleth

Machynlleth

MOMA WALES (Museum Of Modern Art, Wales) flourishes in four beautiful galleries alongside The Tabernacle, a former Wesleyan chapel which opened as a centre for the performing arts in 1986.

The Lion Street Gallery

The Lion Street Gallery

Hay-on-Wye

The Lion Street Gallery is based only 50 yards from the clock tower in the famous book town of Hay-on-Wye.

Encaustic Art Course

Beginners Encaustic Art Course

Bala

Encaustic painting is great fun and is achievable for most people. On my encaustic art course you will learn how to use an iron and stylus - you will be amazed at the pleasure this art form can give.

Encaustic Painting

Melanie Williams Encaustic Gallery

Bala

Art studio open to the public by arrangement. Please contact me to make arrangments to view the artwork.

Experiences / Themed Holidays

Themed Holidays in Mid Wales

Fancy trying your hand at something different? or looking for a unique gift idea?

Have a look at a number of properties that offer fabulous 'themed holidays' from singing holidays to art escapes. Wildlife trips to fishing breaks

Themed Holiday Breaks

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Penygelli Apartments

1 Mile from Newtown town centre. Dog friendly accommodation with an 8 acre field for walking, Great for small groups (up to 4) or couples looking to get away. Barbeque, Fire Pit, Wifi, Full Sky Package, Kitchen, Ample Parking

Lounge Bar

The Wynnstay

The Wynnstay Machynlleth is a charming old Coaching Inn. The restaurant appeals to gourmets, hungry locals and travellers. Open fires, log stoves, excellent wines and real ales. "This one is different", said Martin Bright in The Observer.

Gwesty Cymru

Gwesty Cymru

Luxury Welsh hotel situated at the centre of Aberystwyth's promenade in Ceredigion. Inviting, fresh and stylish with 8 bedrooms featuring LCD televisions, wifi and Egyptian cotton linen. Seafront terraced restaurant serves local food.

Llangoed Hall

Llangoed Hall

Llangoed Hall Hotel is set within 17 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens. It is the 'home from home' that you would expect from your 'best friend's Country House'.

Troedyrhiw Holiday Cottages

Troedyrhiw Holiday Cottages

Troedyrhiw Holiday Cottages are situated in south west Wales approximately 5 miles north of Cardigan. The cottages are part of a 13 acre smallholding nestling in a picturesque wooded valley of the Nant Arberth.

Beautiful Room with Panoramic sea views

Gwesty Ael y Bryn Hotel

A beautiful small Hotel with a fine dining and standard restaurant snug, bar and conservatory. There are 7 en-suite rooms, 4 with front sea views..

Buzzard Cottage

Cwm Irfon Lodge Holiday Cottages

Four Cottages sleeping from 2 to 6 people in gardens and 3 acres woodland of Victorian Hunting Lodge. Light & airy with glorious views down valley, direct access to network of walking, riding and mountain biking paths. Fishing rights.

Tan y Graig

Tan y Graig

Tan y Graig is a family run establishment presenting a warm welcome to guests. Situated in the beautiful Vyrnwy valley 1 mile from the village of Meifod and 10 minutes from the market town of Welshpool. Castles, lakes, walking & adventure.

Aber Cottage Guest House - Dolgellau

Aber Cottage Guesthouse

Aber Cottage is a 250 year old listed building situated in the picturesque market town of Dolgellau, in the heart of Wales' beautiful Snowdonia National Park. The guest house offers quality en-suite accommodation with private parking.

Holly Farm

Holly Farm

Holly Farm is a working farm dating back to Tudor times and has been graciously modernised to offer luxury accommodation with a warm and friendly Welsh welcome. Walkers Welcome. Relax in the comfortable lounge or conservatory.

Swan at Hay

The Swan at Hay

As a former coaching inn, The Swan at Hay is full of character, from the original Georgian windows overlooking the garden to the cobbled stable block.

Yr Hen Stablau terrace

Yr Hen Stablau

The cottage is an energy efficient building renovated with local slate and timber. Set in beautiful garden, 1 mile to town and 8 miles to the coast. Sleeps 6, wheelchair access ground floor and mobile hoist. Pets welcome.

Lounge with T.V  DVD and CD

Lothlorien Cottage

Lothlorien Cottage is a 4 + Star luxury cottage Which comfortably sleeps 5 people (3 bedrooms). Free Wi Fi.and private parking Family and Pet Friendly High chair and babycot available. 15 minutes From Ammanford and Pontardawe/

Sitting area on the platform

Old Railway Cottage

Railway Cottage has been restored from the ticket office on the old railway station at New Radnor. Set in beautiful countryside, it is an ideal base for walking, biking or exploring Mid Wales. Good food served locally, village shop nearby.

Upper Coach House

Yr Hen Stablau

An ideal destination and central touring base, in the rural village of Devil's Bridge, these cottages, recently converted from stables and coach house, retain many original features and provide comfortable accommodation.

Living and Dining Area

Awel Môr

Awel Môr luxury apartments are stylish holiday homes on Aberystwyth Sea front. They combine the comfort of a hotel with the convenience of a private residence.

Old Vicarage

The Old Vicarage, Corris

The Old Vicarage, Corris was built 1875, has been completely renovated in the last year. It has 4 large bedrooms, a guest lounge offering first class accommodation and hospitality.

Laura Ashley Room

The Elephant and Castle Hotel

The Elephant & Castle has a long tradition of hospitality and our management team and staff extend a warm welcome to you. Enjoying a central position in Newtown, Powys.....

Rhoslwyn

Rhoslwyn

Rhoslwyn is a charming detached stone Welsh cottage with garden set in rural surroundings 10 miles from Lampeter. Rhoslwyn sleeps 3 in two bedrooms, pets welcome. Home cinema.

Station House

Station House & Station Cottage

Station House & Station Cottage were originally part of Strata Florida Railway Station and now located by Cors Caron National Nature Reserve and Cambrian Mountains and the Ystwyth cycle trail ideal for bird watchers, cyclists and walkers.

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