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History, Heritage & Legends of Mid Wales

The history and heritage of Mid Wales isn't simply something to read about in books.

Don’t miss some of the most outstanding castles in Britain - Wales is the castle capital of Europe over 600 castles and each one has its special story. 

Climb aboard one of our heritage railways and see Wales from a different perspective.

Get hands-on at one of our interactive museums, discover landscapes shaped by the past. Like Offa's Dyke National Trail, Britain’s longest ancient monument, which follows the border between England and Wales.

You'll soon realise that Mid Wales is alive with local stories and legends. Ask the people you meet about local stories passed down between generations and if you are interested in geneology a trip to the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth is a must.

 

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Discover Mid Wales Castles and Historic Sites ...

Historic Castles, Houses & Sites

Montgomery Town Square

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.

Caerynwch

Caerynwch

Caerynwch has belonged to the same family since about 1650. Plas Hen (which is part of Torrent Walk Cottages) was the original Caerynwch (C15th)

Piglets in the stockyard

Llanerchaeron

Llanerchaeron is a very special place. Its history, architecture and its setting combine to make it a rare survivor of traditional Welsh, self-sufficient, agricultural estate.

The Judge's Lodging

The Judge's Lodging

Step into the 1870s at the award-winning Judge's Lodging and discover the world of a most unusual household.

Powis Castle

Powis Castle

Powis Castle, built circa 1200, began life as the medieval fortress of the Welsh Princes of Powys. The world-famous gardens, overhung with clipped yews, shelters rare plants laid out under the influence of Italian and French styles.

Craig y Nos Castle

Craig Y Nos Castle

The Castle overlooks Craig-y-Nos Country Park, in the Brecon Beacons National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Pales Quaker Meeting House

The Pales Quaker Meeting House

The Pales is a Historic Meeting House, built in 1717, and burial ground with a Warden’s Cottage attached. It is the oldest Quaker Meeting house in continuous use in Wales.

Y Plas

Y Plas Machynlleth

A grade II listed Georgian mansion. Formerly the home of the Marquess of Londonderry, the property was left to the people of Machynlleth in 1948 and eventually aquired by Machynlleth Town Council in 2008.

Cardigan Castle

Cardigan Castle

Cardigan Castle is one of the most important castles in Wales - the first stone castle built by a Welshman and the birthplace of the first eisteddfod in 1176.

The Hall at Abbey Cwm Hir

The Hall at Abbey Cwm Hir

Within a setting of breathtaking beauty, history & romance, the 52 roomed Hall & its 12 acres overlook the church & the ruins of the 12th century "Abbey of The Long Valley" containing the monk's pond, & the grave of Llewellyn The Last.

Aberystwyth Castle

Aberystwyth Castle

The first true castle built at Aberystwyth was erected about a mile south of the current site by Gilbert de Clare circa 1110, and was variously called Castell Tan-y-castell, Aberrheidol Castle and Old Aberystwyth, among others.

Dyffryn Ardudwy Burial Chamber

Dyffryn Ardudwy Burial Chamber

This double burial chamber, is considered to be one of the earliest examples of its kind in the British Isles. Believed to date to around 3500 BC, it is one of several such sites close to the village of Dyffryn Ardudwy.

Cilgerran Castle

Cilgerran Castle

Cilgerran Castle is a 13th-century ruined castle located in Cilgerran, Pembrokeshire, Wales, near Cardigan. The castle is a National Trust property, in the guardianship of Cadw.

Bronllys Castle

Bronllys Castle

Founded c1100 by Richard Fitz Pons, an Anglo-Norman lord, this mid-12th century stone keep, similar to that of Tretower, perches atop an earlier motte overlooking the River Llynfi.

Chirk Castle

Chirk Castle

Completed in 1310 in a commanding position in the Welsh Marches and in continuous habitation ever since, the castle's austere exterior contrasts with the elegant state rooms within.

Strata Florida

Strata Florida Abbey

The site of the 12th century Cistercian Abbey, Strata Florida is situated in the hills above the Ceredigion town of Tregaron and has been shaped by both human and natural influences.

Montgomery Castle

Montgomery Castle

Montgomery Castle is a stone masonry castle looking over the town of Montgomery in Powys, Mid Wales. It is one of many Norman castles on the border between Wales and England.

Hay Castle

Hay Castle

Hay Castle sets the imagination soaring. Once a great medieval stronghold, the castle and the grounds in the heart of Mid Wales are alive with possibilities once again.

Tretower Court

Tretower Court and Castle

Set against the beautiful background of the Brecon Beacons, a visit to Tretower Court and Castle is a unique journey through history that dates back to Norman times.

Dolforwyn Castle

Dolforwyn Castle

The remains of this castle, begun by Llywelyn ap Gruffudd ('the Last') in 1273 and captured by the English in 1277, have been revealed by excavations.

Museums

Internal Fire Museum of Power

Internal Fire Museum of Power

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.

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

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.

Narrow Guage Railway Museum

Narrow Gauge Railway Museum

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

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.

Newtown Textile Museum

Newtown Textile Museum

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

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.

National Library of Wales

The National Library of Wales

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

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 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 Library of Wales

The National Library of Wales is one of the most impressive libraries in 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..

Free exhibitions are held throughout the year in our exhibition galleries.

Free guided tours are arranged on Mondays at 11:00 a.m. and Wednesdays at 2.15 pm. Pre Booking Essential

National Library Events

Heritage & Legends

Industrial Heritage

Corris Mine Explorers

Corris Mine Explorers

Delve around the secret underground world of a Welsh slate mine, with one of Wales' top Mine Explorers; abandoned and forgotten yet full of relics, stories & adventure. Get kitted up with helmet,lamp & safety clips for something different..

Visitor Centre Cafe

Rheidol Visitor Centre and Power Station

The Rheidol hydropower plant is the largest of its kind in England and Wales. Guided tours of the power station at set times, visitor centre and interactive display.

Dyfi Furnace

Dyfi Furnace

Restored mid-eighteenth-century charcoal-fired blast furnace, used for smelting iron ore.

Bryntail Lead Mine Buildings

Bryntail Lead Mine Buildings

Buildings and structures associated with the nineteenth-century extraction and processing of lead ore.

Historic Railways

Have a fantastic day out on one of Mid Wales' many narrow gauge steam railways or even an electic cliff railway! 

Great day for all the family no matter what your age.

Railways of Wales

Legends of Mid Wales

Discover the myths and legends that surround Mid Wales.

See the events that feature some of these legends. From tours to workshops, festivals and more.

Make your holiday a legendary one!

Mid Wales Legends Events

And plenty of places to stay ...

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Penygelli Apartments

Newtown

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

Serviced Apartments with 2 units, £69-£100 pupn sleeps 2

Lounge Bar

The Wynnstay

Machynlleth

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.

Hotel with 22 rooms, £65-£90 prpnb

Gwesty Cymru

Gwesty Cymru

Aberystwyth

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.

Restaurant with Rooms with 8 rooms, £70-£160 prpnb

Llangoed Hall

Llangoed Hall

Brecon

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'.

Country House Hotel with 25 rooms, £99-£1750 prpnb

Troedyrhiw Holiday Cottages

Troedyrhiw Holiday Cottages

Cardigan

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.

Self-catering with 5 units, £495-£1750 pupw sleeps 2-8

Beautiful Room with Panoramic sea views

Gwesty Ael y Bryn Hotel

Dyffryn Ardudwy

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..

Guest House with 8 rooms, £90 prpn, £55-£110 prpnb

Buzzard Cottage

Cwm Irfon Lodge Holiday Cottages

Llanwrtyd Wells

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.

Self-catering with 4 units, £300-£600 pupw sleeps 1-6

Tan y Graig

Tan y Graig

Welshpool

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.

Bed & Breakfast with 2 rooms, £38 pppnb

Aber Cottage Guest House - Dolgellau

Aber Cottage Guesthouse

Dolgellau

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.

Bed & Breakfast with 3 rooms, £75-£80 prpnb

Holly Farm

Holly Farm

Llandrindod Wells

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.

Farmhouse with 3 rooms, £36 pppnb

Swan at Hay

The Swan at Hay

Hay-on-Wye

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.

Hotel with 19 rooms, £100-£200 pppnb, £110-£250 prpnb

Yr Hen Stablau terrace

Yr Hen Stablau

Machynlleth

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.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £360-£640 pupw sleeps 2-6

Lounge with T.V  DVD and CD

Lothlorien Cottage

Ammanford

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/

Self-catering with 1 unit, £312-£37900 pupw sleeps 5

Sitting area on the platform

Old Railway Cottage

Presteigne

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.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £380-£530 pupw sleeps 1-4

Upper Coach House

Yr Hen Stablau

Devil's Bridge

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.

Self-catering with 4 units, £300-£445 pupw sleeps 2-3

Living and Dining Area

Awel Môr

Aberystwyth

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.

Self-catering with 3 units, £450-£900 pupw sleeps 1-6

Old Vicarage

The Old Vicarage, Corris

Machynlleth

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.

Guest Accommodation with 4 rooms, £120 prpnb

Laura Ashley Room

The Elephant and Castle Hotel

Newtown

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.....

Hotel with 19 rooms, £60-£140 prpnb

Rhoslwyn

Rhoslwyn

Lampeter

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.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £280-£500 pupw sleeps 1-3

Station House

Station House & Station Cottage

Ystrad Meurig

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.

Self-catering with 2 units, £300-£540 pupw sleeps 1-4

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