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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 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.

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.

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)

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tretower Court

Tretower Court and Castle (Cadw)

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.

Museums

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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..

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 ...

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, £60-£165 prpnb

Entrance

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

Caban Cwtch - Swedish Wooden Lodge

Caban Cwtch

Newcastle Emlyn

Caban Cwtch is a scandinavian style woodland cabin in the heart of the beautiful West Wales countryside at Cenarth. Architect designed in 1973, and renovated with retro and designer furnishings, the cabin is a simple, fun place to stay.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £85-£97 pupn sleeps 1-4

Richmond Hotel

The Richmond

Aberystwyth

The Richmond boasts the prime seafront location on the main Aberystwyth Promenade overlooking Cardigan Bay and is at the heart of town. All room have ensuite facilities. The hotel has its own large private car park.

Guest Accommodation with 15 rooms, £0-£105 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, £100-£1500 prpn, £5-£668 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

Parc yr Hebog

Parc yr Hebog Cottages

Aberaeron

Set in a peaceful rural setting and enjoying breathtaking views of adjacent farmland and distant hills Parc yr Hebog (The Kestrel’s Paddock) offers a comfortable and friendly place to relax in style and enjoy time on your own terms.

Self-catering with 2 units, £416-£870 pupw sleeps 1-4

The relaxing garden at Bodiwan B&B, Bala, Gwynedd

Bodiwan

Bala

Bodiwan is located in Bala a short walk from local shops, restaurants and the lake. This grade II listed historic building is run by Mark and Sarah as a modern, friendly, family bed and breakfast.

Bed & Breakfast with 5 rooms, £65-£105 prpnb

House in setting

Glan y Gro

Bala

Recently opened by new owners Robert & Ann, Glan Y Gro Bed & Breakfast (4*) is uniquely situated on the shore of Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake) and offers guests a place to find rest, peace and tranquility in totally beautiful surroundings.

Bed & Breakfast with 7 rooms, £65-£100 prpnb

Spinnaker Luxury Sea View Apartment

Aberdovey Cottages & Sea View Holidays

Aberdovey

Our Sea View Properties are centrally located, overlooking the golden sandy beach of Aberdovey, sitting on the shore of the stunning Dyfi Estuary, with views of the Cambrian Mountains in the backdrop, what better place to relax and unwind?

Holiday Letting Agency with 15 units, £255-£860 pupw sleeps 2-8

Otago 3 open plan lounge

Otago 3 Sea View Apartment

Aberdovey

Second floor self catering sea front holiday apartment in Aberdovey. Overlooking the beach with fab views! Close to all amenities. Bed linen and one car parking permit provided. Short breaks available on request. One pet permitted.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £300-£560 pupw sleeps 1-5

Spinnaker Luxury Sea View Apartment

Spinnaker Luxury Sea View Apartment

Aberdovey

Visit Wales 4* Fabulous well equipped Luxury Sea Front Apartment in Aberdovey / Aberdyfi in a very central location. Perfect for two but can sleep 4. One Car Parking Permit and Wi-Fi included.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £310-£510 pupw sleeps 2-4

Seascape View Lounge with Stunning Views

Seascape View

Aberdovey

A fabulous ground floor apartment with spectacular views overlooking the village of Aberdyfi and Cardigan Bay. One dog is permitted by prior arrangement at £21 per stay / per week. Wi- Fi included as standard.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £435-£860 pupw sleeps 2-6

Sea Views from Min y Mor 4 Bedroom

Min y Mor 4 Sea View Apartment

Aberdovey

Second floor self catering sea front holiday apartment in Aberdovey. Overlooking the beach with excellent views! Close to all amenities. Bed linen and one car parking permit provided. Short breaks available upon request. One pet welcome.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £255-£445 pupw sleeps 1-4

Min y Mor 5 Lounge

Min y Mor 5 Sea View Apartment

Aberdovey

VW 4* Self Catering Sea Front Holiday Apartment in Aberdovey. Popular with couples, excellent panoramic views! Central Location. Bed linen, Wi-Fi and one car parking permit provided. Short breaks available on request. Sorry no pets

Self-catering with 1 unit, £255-£445 pupw sleeps 1-4

Great Views fro Min y Mor 3 Sea View

Min y Mor 3 Sea View Apartment

Aberdovey

Second floor seafront self catering holiday apartment in Aberdovey. Overlooking the beach with excellent views! Close to all amenities. Bed linen and one car parking permit provided and Short breaks available upon request. One pet welcome.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £300-£560 pupw sleeps 1-6

Chatts Cottage

Chatts Cottage

Aberdovey

Self catering holiday cottage in Aberdovey. Centrally located close to shops, pubs, restaurants and beach. Cottage dates back to 1830 and recently refurbished retaining old world charm. 4 bedrooms, sleeps 6+2. Wi-Fi included as standard.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £405-£760 pupw sleeps 1-8

Great Sea Views from Min y Mor 2

Min y Mor 2 Sea View Apartment

Aberdovey

First floor seafront self catering holiday apartment in Aberdovey. overlooking the main beach with excellent views! Close to all amenities. Bed linen and one car parking permit provided. Short breaks available upon request. One pet welcome

Self-catering with 1 unit, £275-£470 pupw sleeps 1-4

Min y Mor 1 Sea View Ground Floor Apartment

Min y Mor 1 Ground Floor Apartment

Aberdovey

Ground floor Self Catering Apartment, sea front location opposite the main sandy beach at Aberdovey. Bed linen, heating, electricity, complimentary Wi Fi & car parking pass all included in the price

Self-catering with 1 unit, £385-£635 pupw sleeps 1-6

Aelfor 2 Lounge

Aelfor 2 Sea View Apartment

Aberdovey

First floor self catering seafront holiday apartment. Overlooking the beach with excellent sea views! Central Location. Bed linen and one car parking permit provided and free Wi-Fi. Short breaks available upon request. One Pet permitted.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £435-£860 pupw sleeps 1-6

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