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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

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.

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.

Robert Owen Memorial Museum

Robert Owen Memorial Museum

Newtown

Robert Owen was one of the most influential thinkers and social reformers of his time. The Robert Owen Museum in Newtown, Powys houses a collection of objects, pictures and written material relating to the life of Robert Owen.

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

The Miners Trail

Silver Mountain Experience

Aberystwyth

A family attraction with actor led shows in one of Wales’ scariest underground experiences. Above ground a 7 acre fantasy realm with water play, caters for younger children, whilst the Miners Trail & exhibition offers a glimpse of the past.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cloette (Brum!)

Cloverlands Model Car Museum

Montgomery

A lifetime’s collection by one lady motorist assembled as motoring heritage par excellence, since her father gave her two model cars for a birthday present Another nine collections some 2000 items have been added since opening in 2015

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.

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.

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

Make | Play | Share

Wed 23 Aug 2017 - Sat 27 Jan 2018

Newtown 01686625041

 
 
 

Sat 2 Dec 2017 - Sat 10 Mar 2018

Machynlleth 01654 703355

 
 
 

Sat 6 - Sat 20 Jan 2018

Aberystwyth 01970 623232

 
 
 

Fri 19 - Sun 21 Jan 2018

Llandrindod Wells 07824 340525

 
 

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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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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

Latest Accommodation Updates

Wyevale

Wyevale

Attractive character bungalow set in large secluded garden. Easy walking distance to Builth town, the Showground & spectacular riverside strolls. Birdwatching, walking, pony-trekking, fishing, golf available nearby. Children & pets welcome.

The Coach House Brecon front exterior

The Coach House

Coach houses were traditionally warm and welcoming places. This particular example is one of a new breed, offering contemporary townhouse accommodation. The Coach house is one of only 2% in the country that hold the five star GOLD award

Milebrook House

Milebrook House

Milebrook House Hotel is a Country House Hotel situated by the River Teme amidst gardens in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Ideal centre for walking and touring Mid Wales & Borders.

Afon Rhaiadr Country House

Afon Rhaiadr Country House

A warm welcome awaits at this Victorian House, set in 3 acres of beautiful gardens. Stylish decor, luxury bathrooms & rain showers, underfloor heating. River & waterfall in the garden. Seating areas to relax.

Cartref Guest House

Cartref Guest House

Cartref is a stylish and comfortable guest House in the picturesque sea side village of Aberdovey. Our aim is to provide 4* comforts on a small scale for the visitor who wants restful, contemporary interiors while still enjoying the charm

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.

Farmhouse

Brynarth Country Guest House

17th Century 8 acre property in the foothills of Cambrian Mountains, south of Aberystwyth, near the coast, The Ystwyth & Elan Valleys. Great birdwatching, walking, stunning scenery. Licensed Snug Bar.

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.

The Old School

The Old School

Victorian school in beautiful rural setting adjacent to Glyndwr's Way. Large ensuite rooms. Hearty breakfast and home cooked evening meals. Ten minutes from Welshpool and the historic Powis Castle.

Penbontbren Farm Hotel

Penbontbren Boutique B&B

The definitive luxury bed and breakfast with home comforts and more. An Ideal base for a short break or long holiday near the West Wales coast.

Harry's Hotel, Bar & Bistro

Harry's Hotel, Bar & Bistro

Harry's Hotel and Restaurant is ideally located in the heart of Aberystywth, a busy University Town. Enjoy the delights of Harry's restaurant where Chefs, uses only the finest local ingredients.

4 poster bedroom

Ffynnon Cadno

A warm welcome awaits you at Ffynnon Cadno. Located in the foothills of the Cambrian Mountains close to Devils Bridge and Aberystwyth, a perfect place to explore Mid Wales. Red kites guaranteed & ideal for mountain biking at Nantyrarian.

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.

Dolffanog Fawr

Dolffanog Fawr

Dolffanog Fawr offers truly luxurious accommodation in the heart of Snowdonia.

Dolforwyn Hall

Dolforwyn Hall

Comfortable Country House style B&B overlooking the Severn Valley. All rooms en-suite. Timber framed licenced dining room, guest lounge, sun terrace, winter log fires, ample parking

Entrance

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

Glandwr Mill B&B

Glandwr Mill

Both rooms are 2nd floor & south facing, offering stunning views of the Mawddach Estuary & Cader Idris range. Glandwr Mill, an idyllic location, nestled away beside the Mawddach Estuary less than 2 miles from Barmouth

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.

Yr Hen Felin

Yr Hen Felin / The Old Mill

Converted woollen mill on the Glyndwr Way National Trail with 3 En suite rooms. Our riverside walk runs past the vegetable garden, orchard, honey bees, and chickens.

Heated Indoor Pool

Croft Farm & Celtic Cottages

These delightful stone barn conversions offer you beautiful on-site indoor heated pool, sauna & gym. Croft is situated in unspoilt countryside a short drive from the tranquility of Poppit Sands & the Pembrokeshire National Park.

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