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Mary Jones World
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Llanycil, Bala, Gwynedd, LL23 7YF, Tel: 0808 1784 909, Email, www.bydmaryjonesworld.org.uk

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
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The Old Village Hall, Llanbrynmair, Powys, SY19 7AA, Tel: 01650 521738, Email, www.machinationswales.co.uk

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.

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  • Rail station: Caersws (12 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Talyllyn Railway
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Gorsaf Wharf Station, Tywyn, Gwynedd, LL36 9EY, Tel: 01654 710472, Email, www.talyllyn.co.uk

Rail Route: Tywyn - Abergynolwyn

Historic narrow-gauge steam railway set in beautiful, unspoilt Snowdonia. Running from Tywyn to Abergynolwyn and Nant Gwernol, the line passes the delightful Dolgoch Falls and there are excellent forest walks at Nant Gwernol.

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  • Rail station: Tywyn (0 mile)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
National Library of Wales
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Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3BU, Tel: 01970 632801, Email, www.llgc.org.uk

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

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  • Rail station: Aberystwyth (1 mile)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Magic of Life Butterfly Farm

Cwmrheidol, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3NB, Tel: 01970 880928, Email, www.magicoflife.org

Come and see some of the largest and most colourful butterflies in the world! We exhibit species from all over the tropics. Our wildlife garden has many varieties of plants specifically for butterflies.

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  • Rail station: Aberystwyth (10 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
 
 
 
Meirion Mill

Dinas Mawddwy, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 9LS, Tel: 01650 531311, Email, www.meirionmill.co.uk

Meirion Mill, known as the "Mill in the Mountains", lies just off the A470 between Machynlleth and Dolgellau.

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  • Rail station: Machynlleth (12 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Free entry
 
 
 
Monty's Brewery Visitor Centre
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The Cottage, Montgomery, Powys, SY15 6QT, Tel: 01686 668933, Email, www.montysbrewery.co.uk/visitor-centre.html

This brand new Brewery Visitor Centre is the ideal place to enjoy a pint of your favourite Monty's tipple and learn more about the brewery.

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  • Rail station: Welshpool (7 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
 
 
 
Rhiannon Centre
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Main Square, Tregaron, Ceredigion, SY25 6JL, Tel: 01974 298415, Email, www.rhiannon.co.uk

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.

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  • Rail station: Aberystwyth (17 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Free entry
 
 
 
The Judge's Lodging
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Broad Street, Presteigne, Powys, LD8 2AD, Tel: 01544 260650, Email, www.judgeslodging.org.uk

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

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  • Rail station: Knighton (6 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
The Old Station

Severn Road, Welshpool, Powys, SY21 7AY, Tel: 01938 556622, Email, www.ewm.co.uk

The Old Station, Welshpool offers a unique opportunity for both the holiday maker and the local visitor to shop in one of the most elegant listed buildings in the area.

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  • Rail station: Welshpool (0 mile)
  • Parking: free
  • Free entry
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
MOMA WALES - Y Tabernacl
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Penrallt Street, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8AJ, Tel: 01654 703355, Email, moma.machynlleth.org.uk

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.

 
 
 
Heart of Wales Railway Line

Shrewsbury - Swansea, LD1 6BG, Tel: 01597 822053, www.heart-of-wales.co.uk

The Heart of Wales Line is one of Britain's favourite rural railways. The line runs for 120 scenic miles from Shrewsbury to Swansea and on this unforgettable journey you will travel through spectacular scenery and bustling market towns.

 
 
1931 Bentley Blower 4.5

Montgomery Institute, Arthur Street, Montgomery, Powys, SY15 6RA, Tel: 01686 668004, Email, montgomeryinstitute.co.uk/index.html

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.

 
 
 
Corris Craft Centre
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Corris, nr Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 9RF, Tel: 01654 761584, Email, www.corriscraftcentre.co.uk

Home to 9 Craft Studios and the resident designer-makers. Find unique items handcrafted with care for your home, garden and gifts for others. You can also have fun making your own crafts.

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  • Rail station: Machynlleth (5 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Bala Lake Railway
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Llanuwchlyn Station, Llanuwchlyn, Bala, Gwynedd, LL23 7DD, Tel: 01678 540666, Email, www.bala-lake-railway.co.uk

Rail Route: Llanuwchllyn - Bala

One of the Great Little Trains of Wales, the railway offers a delightful 9 mile return journey by narrow gauge steam train along the shores of Wales' largest natural lake.

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  • Rail station: Barmouth (23 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
 
 
 
Rhayader Museum and Gallery

East Street, Rhayader, Powys, LD6 5ER, Tel: 01597 810561, Email, www.carad.org.uk

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.

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  • Rail station: Llandrindod Wells (9 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Quackers
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Newmead Farm, Newbridge-on-Wye, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 6HR, Tel: 01597 860111, Email, www.quackersnow.com

Quackers is a childrens play centre and facilities include a cafeteria, themed party rooms, an astro slide s, a tube slide, a maze, roller racers, a rope bridge, ball pool and many other exciting features.

 
 
 
Powis Castle
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Welshpool, Powys, SY21 8RF, Tel: 01938 551944, Email, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/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.

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  • Rail station: Welshpool (1 mile)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
  • Guided tour(s)
 
 
 
 
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