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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 Ysgwrn

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.

National Library of Wales

National Library of Wales

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.

Abbey Cwm Hir Hall

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.

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.

Piglets in the stockyard

Llanerchaeron

19 March - The house, garden, shop and Conti’s café are closed from Friday 20 March. The parkland and woodland walks near the river remain are now also closed from 22 March.

The Judge's Lodging

The Judge's Lodging

Step into the 1870s at the award-winning Judge's Lodging in Presteigne on the Mid Wales border and discover the world of a most unusual household.

Montgomery Town Square

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.

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.

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.

Y Plas, Machynlleth

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.

Dolforwyn Castle

Dolforwyn Castle (Cadw)

Built by Welsh lord Llywelyn ap Gruffydd (Llywelyn the Last) in 1273 on hill above the Severn Valley, Dolforwyn Castle is a ruined symbol of Welsh defiance.

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.

Montgomery Castle

Montgomery Castle (Cadw)

More than the sum of its parts. Montgomery is one of those castles that, even in ruin, retain a powerful atmosphere and presence that transcend its state of preservation.

Harlech Castle

Harlech Castle (Cadw)

Harlech Castle crowns a sheer rocky crag overlooking the dunes far below – waiting in vain for the tide to turn and the distant sea to lap at its feet once again.

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.

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.

Dyffryn Ardudwy Burial Chamber

Dyffryn Ardudwy Burial Chamber (Cadw)

Neighbouring tombs built several generations apart.

Cilgerran Castle

Cilgerran Castle (Cadw)

Cilgerran is one of the most spectacularly sited castles in Wales. Its two great round towers loom high above the deep gorge of the River Teifi and the fast-flowing stream of the Plysog.

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.

Museums

National Library of Wales

National Library of Wales

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.

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.

Textiles display

Ceredigion Museum & Gallery

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.

National Wool Museum

National Wool Museum

17 March - The National Wool Museum is closed following Government guidance over Coronavirus. We will remain closed for a period of time until the advice changes and all public programmes, public and private events are cancelled.

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.

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.

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.

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

Narrow Guage Railway Museum

Narrow Gauge Railway Museum

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.

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.

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

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 world of an old slate mine in Mid Wales; abandoned and forgotten yet full of relics, stories & adventure. Get kitted up with helmet,lamp & safety clips for something different. Best Experience in Mid Wales 2019/20.

Bryntail Lead Mine Buildings

Bryntail Lead Mine Buildings (Cadw)

Sitting in the shadow of the dam at the southern end of Llyn Clywedog Reservoir, Bryntail’s buildings illuminate a time when this tranquil spot was a bustling site of industry.

Dyfi Furnace

Dyfi Furnace (Cadw)

Perfectly-preserved example of Welsh industrial heritage in a sublime rural setting

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-£900 prpnb

Capel Cartref,

Capel Cartref

Ystradgynlais

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.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £660-£1290 pupw sleeps 2-10

Bluegrass Cottages

Blue Grass Cottages

Aberystwyth

Set in the heart of Cardigan Bay, Blue Grass Cottages are situated in the hamlet of Chancery just a short drive form Aberystwyth. Tranquil and relaxing surroundings where you can unwind and enjoy the countryside. Spectacular views.

Self-catering with 3 units, £57-£130 pppn sleeps 1-5

King Bedroom

Myrddin

Aberystwyth

A spacious town house situated in a quiet cul-de-sac by the MARINA and SOUTH PROMENADE - sleeping 11. Less than a minute's walk to the beach.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £900-£1720 pupw sleeps 8-11

Living and Dining Area

Awel Môr

Aberystwyth

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.

Self-catering with 3 units, £424-£900 pupw sleeps 1-6

Cyfie Farm

Cyfie Farm

Lake Vyrnwy

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

Self-catering with 4 units, £230-£695 pupw sleeps 2-4

Dyfi Valley Cottage

Dovey Valley Cottage

Machynlleth

Dovey Valley Cottage is a cosy holiday cottage nestled on the bank of the river Dulas near Machynlleth Powys.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £0-£744 pupw sleeps 1-4

Tanyresgair Cottages

Tanyresgair Cottages

Aberystwyth

Two self-catering holiday cottages in a recent barn conversion, set in a stunning location in mid Wales, on the farm Tanyresgair.

Self-catering with 2 units, £63-£100 pupn sleeps 2

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-£151 prpn, £75-£116 prpnb

Old Vicarage

The Old Vicarage, Corris

Machynlleth

The Old Vicarage, Corris was built 1875, has been completely renovated in the last year. It has 4 large bedrooms, a guest lounge offering first class accommodation and hospitality.

Guest Accommodation with 4 rooms, £130-£170 prpnb

Farmyard gardens next to Granary

Nannerth Country Holidays

Rhayader

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.

Self-catering with 3 units, £299-£993 pupw sleeps 2-7

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-£1355 pupw sleeps 2-7

The Vulcan Lodge

The Vulcan Lodge

Rhayader

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,

Self-catering with 5 units, £316-£905 pupw sleeps 2-6

Indoor heated swimming pool

Croft Farm & Celtic Cottages

Cardigan

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.

Self-catering with 10 units, £500-£4395 pupw sleeps 1-12

Sunset for romantic evenings.

Luxury Lodges Wales

Caersws

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.

Self-catering with 7 units, £495-£1094 pupw sleeps 4-6

Tynrhyd Retreat

Tynrhyd Retreat

Aberystwyth

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.

Self-catering with 4 units, £330-£4760 pupw sleeps 5-16

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

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

Over the Rainbow, Vegetarian Retreat

Over the Rainbow Vegetarian Retreat

Cardigan

Over the Rainbow - relaxed, informal eco-friendly vegetarian/vegan country retreat, with quality b&b accommodation in a restored Georgian mansion, totally off the beaten track secluded in acres of woodland/gardens. Green Tourism Gold award.

Guest House with 5 rooms, £50-£175 prpnb

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