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National Library, Aberystwyth
National Library, Aberystwyth

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 Welsh castles & historic houses in Mid Wales. 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 the Mid Wales landscapes 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

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.

Cardigan Castle

Cardigan Castle & Gardens

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.

National Library of Wales

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

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.

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.

Portmeirion Village

Portmeirion Village

This unique village is set on its own private peninsula on the southern shores of Snowdonia. It was created by Welsh architect Clough Williams-Ellis to demonstrate how a naturally beautiful place could be developed without spoiling it.

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.

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

Trefaldwyn | 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cymmer Abbey

Cymer Abbey (Cadw)

The serene ruins of Cymer Abbey stand in a lovely setting beside the River Mawddach. Particularly impressive are its great windows, arches and an unusual tower.

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.

Harlech Castle

Harlech Castle (Cadw)

Explore the magnificent castle of Edward I at Harlech - which is inscribed on the World Heritage List. One of the most formidable and dominant fortresses in Wales. Panoramic views of Snowdonia and the sea. On site exhibition

Castell Y Bere

Castell y Bere (Cadw)

Distinctive remains of a native Welsh castle, probably begun by Prince Llywelyn ab Iorwerth ('the Great') around 1221.

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.

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.

Museums

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.

Telescope

The Spaceguard Centre

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.

National Cycle Collection

National Cycle Museum

Journey through the lanes of cycle history and see bicycles from 1819, such as the Hobby Horse, Boneshakers and Penny Farthings, up to the most modern Carbon Fibre machines of today.

National Library of Wales

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

Arrive by CAT's water-balanced cliff railway

Centre For Alternative Technology

The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) is a world-renowned eco centre with seven acres of hands-on displays, examples of environmentally responsible building, renewable energy, organic gardens and kids’ holiday activities.

Andrew Logan Museum of Sculpture

Andrew Logan Museum of Sculpture

“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.

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

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.

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 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.

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 are available by prior booking, 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.

Silver Mountain Experience

Silver Mountain Experience

Where history, myth and legend collide in a fantastic day out for the whole family. Embark on an adventure discovering the history of our original Victorian Silver-Lead Mine, or Welsh fantasy and myth theatrical experiences.

Bryntail Lead Mine Buildings

Bryntail Lead Mine Buildings (Cadw)

Buildings and structures associated with the nineteenth-century extraction and processing of lead ore.

Dyfi Furnace

Dyfi Furnace (Cadw)

Restored mid-eighteenth-century charcoal-fired blast furnace, used for smelting iron 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 ...

Capel Cartref

Capel Cartref

Swansea

Capel Cartref was formerly a chapel. 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.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £0-£1350 pupw sleeps 2-10

brook view

Valley View and Dingle Cottages

Welshpool

Beautifully restored, fully equipped farm cottages, furnished to a high standard. Panoramic views. Lovely walks. Washing machine and dryer facilities. Lawns to rear with own patio furniture.

Self-catering with 5 units, £400-£650 pupw sleeps 1-6

Tynllwyn House

Tynllwyn Farm

Welshpool

A beautiful view and warm welcome awaits you at our 19th century farmhouse. Log fires and comfortable rooms. We are close to Powis Castle and the Llanfair narrow gauge railway and the canal for boat trips.

Farmhouse with 5 rooms, £40 pppnb, £80-£85 prpnb

Farmhouse

Brynarth Country Guest House

Aberystwyth

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, £52-£158 prpnb

The Coach House Brecon front exterior

The Coach House

Brecon

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, £79-£160 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-£685 prpnb

Ty Derw

Ty Derw

Dinas-Mawddwy

Ty Derw is a charming Victorian stone built house in a picturesque setting in the Dovey Valley about 12 miles from Machynlleth and Dolgellau. The four guest rooms have been refurbished to a very high standard. Ample parking.

Guest Accommodation with 4 rooms, £45-£55 pppnb

Laura Ashley Room

The Elephant and Castle Hotel

Newtown

The Elephant & Castle Hotel on the banks of the River Severn, is ideally located in the centre of Newtown. An 18th century Mid Wales coaching inn - the perfect base for both leisure or business traveller.

Hotel with 19 rooms, £60-£140 prpnb

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, £70-£160 prpnb

Maes Y Mor - Double

Maes y Mor

Aberystwyth

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 !

Hostel with 9 bedspaces, £49-£120 prpn

Elens Castle early evening

Elen's Castle Hotel

Dolwyddelan

Elen's Castle Hotel was once an 18th century coaching inn. Perfectly located, historical yet modernised hotel, peaceful, village setting away from the crush of tourists, excellent food and great bar with local gins, whiskeys and craft ale

Hotel with 8 rooms, £140-£251 prpn, £75-£166 prpnb

Tan y Graig

Tan y Graig

Welshpool

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

Red Kite Cottage - Aberystwyth

Red Kite Cottage (Bwthyn Barcud Coch)

Aberystwyth

Renovated 12th Century Grange Farm barn close to Nant Yr Arian Visitor centre situated at the head of the Melindwr Valley with fabulous views and easy access for walking, bird watching and cycling.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £500-£1185 pupw sleeps 2-6

Isfryn Cottage

Isfryn Cottage

Machynlleth

Unique Victorian cottage adjoining our former chapel in the beautiful Dyfi Valley. Welcoming, homely, accommodation. Welcome pack, linens, bathrobes, wifi and utilities included. Short breaks available. Adults only, no pets.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £60-£95 pupn sleeps 2

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, £65-£110 prpnb

Tyddyn Rhys Farm

Tyddyn Rhys Farm

Aberdovey

Tyddyn Rhys commands a privileged position half a mile above the village of Aberdovey with a panoramic view overlooking the Dovey Estuary and Cardigan Bay. The Welsh speaking family offer a warm Welsh welcome amidst some of Wales' most beau

Farmhouse with 2 rooms, £75 prpnb

Cysgod Bach

Cysgod Y Coed

Bala

Caban y Saer is situated overlooking the river Hafesb. Cysgod Bach has a secluded south facing garden. Both properties are for two people and are equipped with everything you need for your break.

Self-catering with 2 units, £65-£90 pupn sleeps 1-2

Ffynnon Fendigaid

Ffynnon Fendigaid

Cardigan

Ffynnon Fendigaid is an 18thC stone farmhouse set in 6 acres of grounds, just one mile off the main coast road and beaches. Comfortable and relaxing environment from which to explore the area. Seasonal: Easter until Mid September

Bed & Breakfast with 2 rooms, £80-£85 prpnb

Wyevale

Wyevale

Builth Wells

Attractive character bungalow set in large secluded garden. Easy walking distance to Builth town, the Showground & spectacular riverside strolls. Birdwatching, walking, pony-trekking, fishing, golf available nearby. Children & pets welcome.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £340-£390 pupw sleeps 1-4

Close up in Comfort

Old Radnor Barn Bed & Breakfast

Brecon

Family friendly Bed and breakfast accommodation with four bedrooms in a 16th century converted stone barn. A warm welsh welcome, with a quality service and excellent food.

Guest Accommodation with 4 rooms, £85-£165 prpnb

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