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Culture & Arts Mid Wales
Culture and Arts

Culture and Arts in Mid Wales

The landscapes of Mid and West Coast Wales have inspired many artists. Visit museums, galleries and exhibitions featuring groundbreaking national and international works of art; showcasing some of the finest work from Welsh Artists and Makers in a variety of mediums.

Find unique items to buy that have been handcrafted with care; perhaps a gift for someone else, or a reminder of your visit to Mid Wales to take home.

Plenty of museums and galleries for you to discover ...

Museums and Galleries

Ceredigion Museum & Gallery

Aberystwyth

Ceredigion museum is a celebration of Welsh history and heritage, housed in a restored Edwardian theatre. It is host to lively events and temporary exhibitions throughout the year. Situated in the heart of Aberystwyth, near the promenade.

Y Tabernacl

Machynlleth

Throughout the year MOMA WALES shows Modern Welsh Art, in a series of constantly changing exhibitions featuring Wales' top artists. Works from the growing Tabernacle Collection are shown in rotation.

Narrow Gauge Railway Museum

Tywyn

The Narrow Gauge Railway Museum is located at the Tywyn Wharf terminus of the Talyllyn Railway. It is an important collection of artifacts relating to Narrow Gauge Railways in the UK throughout the last 200 years.

The Spaceguard Centre

Knighton

The Spaceguard Centre is a working observatory, and the main source of information about near Earth objects in the UK. Guided tours Wed - Sun at 10.30am (1st May - 30th Sep) 2pm, 4pm all year.

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.

National Library of Wales

Aberystwyth

The National Library is one of the great libraries of the world. Since 1911 it's enjoyed the right to collect, free of charge, a copy of every printed work published in Britain and Ireland. Situated on Penglais Hill overlooking Aberystwyth.

Robert Owen Memorial Museum

Newtown

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.

Oriel Davies Gallery

Newtown

A contemporary art gallery in the heart of Wales. Oriel Davies Gallery is the largest and most significant visual arts venue in Mid Wales showing groundbreaking national and international art and craft.

Crickhowell Information Centre

Crickhowell

The Crickhowell Resource Centre includes a Tourist Information Centre, a coffee bar, Oriel CRiC Gallery, public access computers and conference facilities and office facilites.

Newtown Textile Museum

Newtown

The exhibition looks at the process from fleece to flannel, 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.

Cloverlands Model Car Museum

Montgomery

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

Mary Jones World

Bala

Mary Jones World in Bala is an award-winning state of the art visitor centre & cafe that tells the story of Mary Jones and Thomas Charles, and the impact of world's best-selling book – on Wales and the world!

King Arthurs Labyrinth

Machynlleth

Sail deep in the mountains of Southern Snowdonia, through a magical waterfall, into a mythical world filled with dragons, giants, fierce battles and the legendary King Arthur. Welsh legends unfold as your Dark Age Boatman guides you.

Quillies

Rhayader

Stacked with textiles, art, jewellery photographs, prints and ceramics from a host of talent, Quillies Gallery is a true Aladdin's cave in Mid Wales.

Rhiannon Centre

Tregaron

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.

Machinations

Llanbrynmair

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.

Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Aberystwyth

Award winning Aberystwyth Arts Centre is Wales’ largest arts centre and recognised as a 'national flagship for the arts'. It has a wide-ranging programme across all art forms including drama, dance, music, visual arts film & new media.

National Wool Museum

Llandysul

A working record of a great industry - see the traditional methods of making Welsh flannel, cloth and shawls.

Andrew Logan Museum of Sculpture

Welshpool

“The nicest and friendliest Museum in the UK” - visitor ALMoS is a wonderland, a fantastical jewelled treasure trove in Mid Wales and houses a glittering selection of artist sculptor Andrew Logan’s signature works.

Fairbourne Railway

Fairbourne

The Fairbourne Railway extends two miles between Fairbourne Village and Barmouth Ferry where it connects with a ferry which takes passengers across the Afon Mawddach to Barmouth.

Small World Theatre

Wales is known as the land of song and a visit to one of our many local theatres to take is a play, performance or show is a great way to take in the local culture.

Mid Wales Theatres

Arts & Crafts Events

Wonderwool Wales

Sat 24 - Sun 25 Apr 2021

Builth Wells

 
 
 
National Eisteddfod

Sat 31 Jul - Sat 7 Aug 2021

Tregaron

 
 

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Exhibitions & Galleries

MOMA Machynlleth

Machynlleth

Throughout the year MOMA WALES shows Modern Welsh Art, in a series of constantly changing exhibitions featuring Wales' top artists. Works from the growing Tabernacle Collection are shown in rotation.

Oriel Davies Gallery

Newtown

A contemporary art gallery in the heart of Wales. Oriel Davies Gallery is the largest and most significant visual arts venue in Mid Wales showing groundbreaking national and international art and craft.

Oriel CRiC Gallery

Crickhowell

The Oriel CRiC Gallery upstairs in the CRiC is a beautiful space which showcases creative excellence at its best.

Quillies

Rhayader

Stacked with textiles, art, jewellery photographs, prints and ceramics from a host of talent, Quillies Gallery is a true Aladdin's cave in Mid Wales.

Art Gallery

Tregaron

The Art Gallery, located in the stunning atrium of the Rhiannon Centre, aims to showcase the talent of Welsh artists, both local and of international repute.

Aberystwyth University Ceramics Gallery

Aberystwyth

The Ceramic Gallery at Aberystwyth Arts Centre displays studio pottery, slipware and contemporary ceramics from the collection of the Aberystwyth University

Experiences / Themed Holidays

Themed Holidays in Mid Wales

Fancy trying your hand at something different? or looking for a unique gift idea?

Have a look at a number of properties that offer fabulous 'themed holidays' from singing holidays to art escapes. Wildlife trips to fishing breaks

Themed Holiday Breaks

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Cyfie Farm

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

Llanoddian Isaf Holiday Cottages

Close to the Snowdonia National Park, these two spacious, attractive comfortable properties boast stunning views over the countryside.

Coedmor Self Catering Holiday Cottages

Four charming units nestled between the beautiful Mawddach Estuary and Cader Idris mountain range. Minutes away from Barmouth and Dolgellau the cottages are ideally situated for walking, fishing, bird watching or just relaxing.

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.

Kilsby Cottage

A delightful luxury cottage on the edge of 2.5 acres of garden and private woodland with spectacular views and a huge variety of birds. Paradise for walkers, birdwatchers, cyclists , fishermen and horse riders. Children welcome.

Capel Cartref

Capel Cartref was formerly a chapel built in 1930. The lounge ceiling is vaulted, exposing the original beams of the chapel. Window sills, shutters, kitchen cornice etc have been hand-crafted by proprietor from the original pews.

Woodlands Caravan & Camping Park

The Woodlands is a well established, family run caravan park set amidst some of the most beautiful scenery Mid Wales has to offer. It is situated in Devils Bridge, a small village nestling at the top of the Rheidol Valley.

Gwynfan

Boasting panoramic views this very spacious well appointed single storey property enjoys a secluded rural setting on a working farm. Sleeps 6 in 3 bedroom. Sumptuous leather reclining sofas in large lounge. Hot tub and pets welcome

The Straw Cottage

The Straw Cottage. The romance of a bygone era with modern comfort, no modern gadgets or electricity, lovely comfy beds, H & C shower, woodburning stove and nature on the doorstep. Great for kids. Wonderful walking. Short breaks available.

Granary Cottage

The perfect place to relax and unwind, Granary Cottage is cosy and well-equipped with panoramic views. The converted granary retains its character whilst providing modern facilities. Peaceful and quiet, surrounded by our own land.

Bythynnod Pengwernydd Cottages

Experience a warm Welsh welcome at Pengwernydd, a traditional family farm in the beautiful, tranquil uplands of north Ceredigion on the edge of the Cambrian Mountains of Mid Wales. Four stone cottages providing high quality & comfort.

Penygelli Apartments

1 Mile from Newtown town centre. Dog friendly accommodation perfect for couples or small groups looking for an escape. We're only 40 minutes from Abersywtyth with lots of dog friendly walks and some great dog friendly pubs nearby

Swn Yr Afon

Swn yr Afon is not one of your commercial hotels (we did that for fifteen years before opening our latest home to guests). It’s somewhere that you can enjoy a home from home break “but” with all the comfort of a top hotel.

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'.

Luxury Lodges Wales

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

Awel Môr

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.

Nannerth Country Holidays

Choose from 3 quality self catering cottages near Rhayader & The Elan Valley. Set on our 200 acre farm, Nannerth is set in astonishingly beautiful countryside. Relax under the stars in your own private hot tub.

Croft Farm & Celtic Cottages

Award winning family friendly cottages with luxury onsite indoor heated pool, sauna & gym. Enjoy private hot tubs and log burners. Situated in unspoilt countryside close to Cardigan Bay & Pembrokeshire National Park. Dog friendly.

The Vulcan Lodge

Vulcan Lodge Cottages - created by the imaginative conversion of an 18th century country inn into 5 luxury cottages. They are spacious, full of character and have a high specification which brings luxury and style,

Tynrhyd Retreat

Spectacular five star self catering accommodation with hot tub, on a private estate. Set in the Celtic Cambrian Mountains, Tynrhyd Retreat is country luxury with a soul.

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