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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

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.

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.

Yr Ysgrwn

Yr Ysgwrn

Yr Ysgwrn is not your typical Welsh farmhouse. By protecting and enhancing the site the aim is to share the story of Hedd Wyn and the universal messages of Yr Ysgwrn to all who visit.

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.

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.

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 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.

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)

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Bronllys Castle

Bronllys Castle (Cadw)

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.

Dyffryn Ardudwy Burial Chamber

Dyffryn Ardudwy Burial Chamber (Cadw)

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.

Strata Florida

Strata Florida Abbey (Cadw)

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.

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.

Cilgerran Castle

Cilgerran Castle (Cadw)

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.

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.

Montgomery Castle

Montgomery Castle (Cadw)

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.

Museums

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.

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.

Cloette (Brum!)

Cloverlands Model Car Museum

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

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.

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.

Robert Owen Memorial Museum

Robert Owen Memorial Museum

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.

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.

National Wool Museum

National Wool Museum

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.

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

National Cycle Collection

National Cycle Museum

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 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 (Cadw)

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

Bryntail Lead Mine Buildings

Bryntail Lead Mine Buildings (Cadw)

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 ...

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

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, £105-£195 pppnb, £115-£200 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, £50-£165 prpnb

Farmhouse

Brynarth Country Guest House

Aberystwyth

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.

Guest House with 8 rooms, £49-£150 prpnb

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

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 23 rooms, £65-£115 prpnb

Harry's Hotel, Bar & Bistro

Harry's Hotel, Bar & Bistro

Aberystwyth

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.

Hotel with 22 rooms, £120-£300 prpn, £38-£210 prpnb

The Penrhos Arms

The Penrhos Arms

Machynlleth

A warm welcome is assured at this ivy clad former coaching inn, located in the heart of the village. Bedrooms have been sympathetically renovated to provide good standards of comfort and have the benefit of modern en-suite bathrooms.

Inn with 7 rooms, £150 pppnb, £450 prpn, £55-£110 prpnb

Rm 7 - Einion House Bed and Breakfast

Einion House

Fairbourne

Scenic Views to Sea - 4 star Georgian B & B, Southern Snowdonia, nr Dolgellau opposite Barmouth. Beach 5mins walk from B&B. The Mawddach Trail, Wales Coastal Path, Blue Lake, & Sensational sunsets. Great Walks & Cycle trails.

Guest House with 5 rooms, £32-£43 pppnb

Afon Rhaiadr Country House

Afon Rhaiadr Country House

Dolgellau

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.

Guest Accommodation with 6 rooms, £88-£155 prpnb

Lane Farm Bed & Breakfast

Lane Farm Bed & Breakfast

Welshpool

Lane Farm is a traditional 400 acre family organic working beef and sheep farm set beneath the Breidden Hills. Ideally situated to explore The Marches, Shropshire Hills and Mid Wales. Within easy reach of the mountains, lakes & coast.

Farmhouse with 4 rooms, £29 pppnb

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

Waun Kitchen/Dining

Cae Du Farm Holidays

Tywyn

Cae Du Farm Holidays - Self Catering with 2 units sleeps 6-16 Located in the beautiful Snowdonia National Park the property has spectacular views over the Dysynni Valley and Cardigan coast. Perfect location for a relaxing country holiday

Self-catering with 2 units, £75-£506 pupn sleeps 2-10

Red Kite Cottage - Aberystwyth

Red Kite Cottage (Bwthyn Barcud Coch)

Aberystwyth

Renovated 12th Century Grange Farm barn close to Nant Yr Arian Visitor centre situated at the head of the Melindwr Valley with fabulous views and easy access for walking, bird watching and cycling.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £470-£1155 pupw sleeps 2-6

Heated Indoor Pool

Croft Farm & Celtic Cottages

Cardigan

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.

Self-catering with 10 units, £425-£3850 pupw sleeps 1-12

Cysgod Bach

Cysgod Y Coed

Bala

Caban y Saer is situated overlooking the river Hafesb. Cysgod Bach has a secluded south facing garden. Both properties are for two people and are equipped with everything you need for your break.

Self-catering with 2 units, £60-£90 pupn sleeps 1-2

Bryniau Golau

Bryniau Golau

Bala

Bryniau Golau is set on a tranquil hillside in the Snowdonia National Park, overlooking Bala Lake, with beautiful views of the Arenig Mountains and sunsets. It affords the perfect venue for a restful break, or as a base from which to enjoy

Bed & Breakfast with 3 rooms, £110-£120 prpnb

The Old School

The Old School

Welshpool

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.

Bed & Breakfast with 2 rooms, £75 prpnb

Sunset for romantic evenings.

Luxury Lodges Wales

Caersws

The lodges are situated in a peaceful and tranquil setting over-looking the Trannon valley, Mid Wales and provide sumptuous accommodation to a 5-star standard. Sited on a eighty-acre estate with two wild-life ponds.

Self-catering with 7 units, £495-£1095 pupw sleeps 4-6

Dolforwyn Hall

Dolforwyn Hall

Newtown

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

Bed & Breakfast with 8 rooms, £40 pppnb

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