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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

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.

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.

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!

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.

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 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.

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.

Rhiannon Centre

Tregaron

The Rhiannon Celtic Design Centre is an outstanding showcase of all that is best in Welsh jewellery, arts and crafts. Includes a special jewellery showroom and purpose built display workshops where you can watch our jewellers at work.

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.

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.

National Wool Museum

Llandysul

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Andrew Logan Museum of Sculpture

Welshpool

Andrew Logan's Museum of Sculpture is a wonderland, a fantastical jewelled treasure trove that houses a glittering selection of artist sculptor Andrew Logan’s signature works: jewellery, original costumes and memorabilila and much, more.

Regimental Museum of The Royal Welsh

Brecon

The Museum's collection is comprised of objects obtained from across the world that reflect the history and character of a Regiment that has existed for over 300 years.

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

 
 
 
The Big Tribute

Fri 27 - Sun 29 Aug 2021

Aberystwyth

 
 

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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.

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

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.

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.

Oriel CRiC Gallery

Crickhowell

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

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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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'.

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.

Trefeddian Hotel

Located half a mile from the picturesque harbour village of Aberdyfi, with panoramic views of Cardigan Bay. Relax in comfort and enjoy fine food complimented by friendly service. Lift & indoor swimming pool. Families of all ages welcome.

Hendy Farm Cottages

A warm welcome awaits you at Hendy, situated in the Snowdonia National Park. Enjoy Self Catering accommodation on a working farm with the privilege of its own halt on the Talyllyn Narrow Gauge Railway.

Kilsby House

An elegant 19thC house set in 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.

Hendy Farm Holidays

A warm welcome awaits you at Hendy, situated in the Snowdonia National Park. Enjoy Bed and Breakfast on a working farm with the privilege of its own halt on the Talyllyn Narrow Gauge Railway!

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.

Bryncarnedd Cottages

Bryncarnedd Cottages are located 1 mile from Aberystwyth’s town center. Nestled in the immediate countryside at the top of Aberystwyth, these cottages enjoy the closeness to the town as well as being just far enough out to enjoy the country

Denmark Farm Eco Lodge

The self-catering Eco Lodge at Denmark Farm Conservation Centre provides sustainability and comfort for holidays immersed in Nature.

Helmau Cottages

Helmau Cottages are situated 2 miles from Dolgellau within the Snowdonia National Park, and just 10 minutes walk direct to the spectacular waterfalls at Torrent Walk and near to Coed Y Brenin mountain-bike centre.

Maes y Mor

Maes y Mor hostel is situated 80 metres from Aberystwyth beach and 500 metres from the bus and train station and offers superior accommodation at budget prices. Launderette facilities. Lock up shed for bicycles. A warm Welsh welcome !

Cader View & Arran Cottage

Ideal base for biking, walking, climbing and exploring Snowdonia National Park with plenty others activities nearby such as world famous underground trampoline and zip wire any many other activities suitable for families, couples etc.

Dolgun Uchaf

All luxury en-suite rooms with powerful showers, FREE car parking and fast free Wi-Fi

Cilfach

A stone-built detached barn conversion just five miutes walk from the centre of Llanfyllin providing quality, well-equipped accommodation for six people with three bedrooms and three bathrooms.

Swn Yr Afon (Cathedral View)

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.

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

Llanoddian Isaf Holiday Cottages

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

Tynrhelyg Holiday Cottages

Two new barn conversions tastefully renovated to a very high standard throughout. Situated in a peaceful and picturesque valley. Convenient to the seaside and the Cambrian Mountains. Croeso Cynnes Cymreig yn aros amdanoch.

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.

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

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