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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Dolforwyn Castle

Dolforwyn Castle (Cadw)

The remains of this castle, begun by Llywelyn ap Gruffudd ('the Last') in 1273 and captured by the English in 1277, have been revealed by excavations.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Textiles display

Ceredigion Museum & Gallery

Ceredigion Museum: Encouraging Curiosity Welcome to Ceredigion museum, housed in a beautifully preserved Edwardian theatre. We are situated in the heart of Aberystwyth, near the seafront.

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

Newtown Textile Museum

Newtown Textile Museum

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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..

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 ...

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

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

Gwesty'r Conrah Hotel

Gwesty'r Conrah Hotel

Aberystwyth

Set in 18 acres of beautiful parkland and gardens and have one of the finest examples of a Ha Ha in the UK. Peaceful and relaxing accommodation and gardens await you - just 3 miles from Aberystwyth.

Country House Hotel with 17 rooms, £80-£540 prpnb

Rm 7 - Einion House Bed and Breakfast

Einion House

Fairbourne

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, £33-£44 pppnb

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

Glandwr Mill

Glandwr Mill

Barmouth

Award-winning Glandwr Mill boasts an idyllic location, nestled away in an elevated position beside the Mawddach estuary, less than two miles from Barmouth in Southern Snowdonia

Guest House with 3 rooms, £92-£120 prpnb

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

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

Station Cottage

Station House & Station Cottage

Ystrad Meurig

Station House & Station Cottage were originally part of Strata Florida Railway Station and now located by Cors Caron National Nature Reserve and Cambrian Mountains and the Ystwyth cycle trail ideal for bird watchers, cyclists and walkers.

Self-catering with 2 units, £315-£546 pupw sleeps 1-4

Rhoslwyn

Rhoslwyn

Lampeter

Rhoslwyn is a charming detached stone Welsh cottage with garden set in rural surroundings 10 miles from Lampeter. Rhoslwyn sleeps 3 in two bedrooms, dogs welcome. Home cinema. WiFi

Self-catering with 1 unit, £300-£500 pupw sleeps 1-3

Murmur Aeron

Murmur Aeron

Tregaron

A relaxing and spacious holiday home in the heart of the Aeron Valley, with scenic views from all the rooms. Located between the Cambrian Mountains and Cardigan Bay. Ideal holiday location for families, walkers, cyclists and nature lovers.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £378-£607 pupw sleeps 1-6

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-£165 prpnb

Troedyrhiw Holiday Cottages

Troedyrhiw Holiday Cottages

Cardigan

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-£1855 pupw sleeps 2-8

Cambrian View

Bryncarnedd Cottages

Aberystwyth

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

Self-catering with 20 units, £350-£2500 pupw sleeps 2-18

Penty Buwch at sunset

Beautiful Wales

Barmouth

Set in open countryside of Llanaber, just a mile out of Barmouth. Both barns have sweeping panoramic views of the beach, sea and both penninsulars. Ceilwart Ganol Farm is an equestrian property with free range poultry. Pet friendly

Self-catering with 2 units, £437-£1400 pupw sleeps 1-4

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

The Old School

The Old School

Welshpool

Victorian school in beautiful rural setting adjacent to Glyndwr's Way. Large ensuite rooms. Hearty breakfast and home cooked evening meals. Ten minutes from Welshpool and the historic Powis Castle.

Bed & Breakfast with 2 rooms, £75 prpnb

Dolly the Circus Waggon

Dolly the Circus Waggon

Cardigan

Set in private grounds 'Dolly' is a Circus Living Waggon now providing cosy accommodation for two persons, in the countryside close to sandy beaches.

Alternative Accommodation with 1 unit, £59-£88 pupn sleeps 1-2

Indoor heated swimming pool

Croft Farm & Celtic Cottages

Cardigan

These delightful stone barn conversions offer you beautiful on-site indoor heated pool, sauna & gym. Croft is situated in unspoilt countryside a short drive from the tranquility of Poppit Sands & the Pembrokeshire National Park.

Self-catering with 10 units, £500-£4165 pupw sleeps 1-12

Y Beudy

Bythynnod Bryn Caled Cottages

Bala

Three barn conversions with private hot tubs out side each cottage. Perfect country holiday for families and romantic couples.

Self-catering with 3 units, £575-£1905 pupw sleeps 2-7

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