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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.

Piglets in the stockyard


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.

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.

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.

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.

Montgomery Town Square


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.

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



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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cilgerran Castle

Cilgerran Castle (Cadw)

Cilgerran Castle is a 13th-century ruined castle located 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.


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

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.

Ceredigion Museum & Gallery

Ceredigion Museum & Gallery

Ceredigion museum is a celebration of Welsh heritage, depicting the history of this fascinating county from across the ages. From farming to food, clothes and transport, the museum is home to a number of valuable collections.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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 ...

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

Guest Accommodation with 6 rooms, £75-£165 prpnb

Richmond Hotel

The Richmond


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

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.

Hotel with 23 rooms, £65-£115 prpnb

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.....

Hotel with 19 rooms, £60-£140 prpnb


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.

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

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.

Restaurant with Rooms with 8 rooms, £50-£165 prpnb

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'.

Country House Hotel with 25 rooms, £99-£700 prpnb

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.

Bed & Breakfast with 5 rooms, £99-£155 prpnb

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.

Hotel with 22 rooms, £100-£150 pppnb, £40-£210 prpnb

Shepherds Watch King

Cyfie Farm

Lake Vyrnwy

Minutes from fairytale Lake Vyrnwy, Cyfie Farm, a Wales Tourism gold award winner, offers excellent five star self-catering accommodation in four luxury cottages. With spectacular views overlooking the Vyrnwy Valley

Self-catering with 4 units, £230-£625 pupw sleeps 2-4

Dolffanog Fach

Dolffanog Fach


Situated at the heart of Snowdonia, Dolffanog Fach nestles by the side of Talyllyn lake and at the foot of the awe inspiring mountain of Cadair Idris. A welcoming and restful retreat, away from the strains of everyday life.

Guest Accommodation with 4 rooms, £80-£120 prpnb

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.

Bed & Breakfast with 2 rooms, £38 pppnb

Penllwyn Cottages

Penllwyn Cottages

New Quay

Penllwyn Cottages are two beautiful cottages within walking distance of the Ceredigion Marine Heritage Coast. Both cottages benefit from underfloor heating, woodburning stoves and their own enclosed patio and garden areas.

Self-catering with 3 units, £345-£1060 pupw sleeps 2-6

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.

Guest House with 3 rooms, £65-£75 prpnb

Rm 7 - Einion House Bed and Breakfast

Einion House


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

Spinnaker Luxury Sea View Apartment

Aberdovey Cottages & Sea View Holidays


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 2-6

Min y Mor 5 Lounge

Min y Mor Five Sea View Apartment


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

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.

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

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



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-£95 prpnb

stunning views from garden

Aberdovey Haven


Delightful, well-situated cottage with lots of character. Tastefully decorated, comfortably furnished and well-equipped. Cottage has sunny front garden terrace and elevated rear terrace garden, both with stunning views.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £440-£799 pupw sleeps 2-5

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