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

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.

The Judge's Lodging

Step into the 1870s at the award-winning Judge's Lodging in Presteigne, Mid Wales and discover the world of a most unusual household, the 'hands-on' policy means that your children can get a feel of what life was like in a Victorian House.

Llanerchaeron

The National Trust Llanerchaeron Estate near the coastal town of Aberaeron is a traditional welsh estate with a villa, servants' quarters, stables, farm buildings and walled garden, set in a landscape which is both beautiful and productive.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Strata Florida Abbey (Cadw)

Grand medieval abbey where generations of Welsh princes are buried.

Castell y Bere (Cadw)

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

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.

Tretower Court and Castle (Cadw)

It would be remarkable enough on its own. But Tretower is two wonders in one. Just across the castle green lies an entire medieval court that became a byword for magnificence.

Dyffryn Ardudwy Burial Chamber (Cadw)

Neighbouring tombs built several generations apart.

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 (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 (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 (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.

Museums

Andrew Logan Museum of Sculpture

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, memorabilila and much, much more.

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 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.

Centre For Alternative Technology

Nestled in the stunning UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere in Mid Wales, the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) is a world-renowned eco centre that researches and supports greener ways of living. Now open for pre-booked visits.

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.

National Wool Museum

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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 (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 (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 ...

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-£4615 pupw sleeps 1-12

Penbontbren Boutique B&B

Cardigan

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.

Bed & Breakfast with 5 rooms, £105-£165 prpnb

Gogarth Hall Farm Holidays

Aberdovey

4 Self-catering cottages on a working farm between Machynlleth & Aberdyfi. Gogarth Hall Farm and its tranquillity offers Barn Owls, Bats and Kites a safe haven, thus the farm has won the Countryside Caretakers Award for conservation.

Self-catering with 5 units, £150-£645 pupw sleeps 4-6

Ty Poeth Family Holiday Cottages

Machynlleth

Set in the heart of Wales, this group of cottages are in a unique situation, surrounded by five acres of garden with lawns over looking the Dyfi valley. Each cottage is private with garden views.

Self-catering with 5 units, £360-£485 pupw sleeps 1-5

Coedmor Self Catering Holiday Cottages

Barmouth

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.

Self-catering with 4 units, £230-£500 pupw sleeps 1-3

Gwynfan

Llandrindod Wells

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

Self-catering with 1 unit, £100-£1500 pupw sleeps 2-6

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, £85-£160 prpnb

Yr Hen Stablau

Devil's Bridge

Four charming stable conversions for couples in Devil's Bridge with stunning Cambrian mountain views. Dog friendly cottages in the perfect spot to explore the beauty of Ceredigion in the heart of West Wales with lovely Cardigan Bay nearby.

Self-catering with 4 units, £55-£72 pupn sleeps 2-3

Llechwedd Mawr

Talybont

A splendid isolation personified.There are no neighbours.There is no Tarmac road to it (you have to drive on a well-surfaced gravel track and cross a ford to get there: a 4×4 or vehicle with good ground clearance is recommended

Self-catering with 1 unit, £480-£910 pupw sleeps 6

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

Inn with 8 rooms, £140-£156 prpn, £75-£121 prpnb

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-£1925 pupw sleeps 2-8

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-£165 prpnb

Welsh Hideaways

Aberystwyth

Ty Mari (sleeps 6) and Penroc (sleeps 4) are set in a stunning Cambrian Mountains landscape, 17 miles inland from Aberystwyth where forests and mountain top views make this one of the beautiful hidden secrets of Mid Wales.

Self-catering with 2 units, £324-£795 pupw sleeps 1-6

Granary Cottage

Llandrindod Wells

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.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £300-£620 pupw sleeps 1-4

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

Cilfach

Llanfyllin

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.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £294-£890 pupw sleeps 2-6

Broncoedwig

Aberystwyth

This well equipped two bedroomed bungalow is situated in the picturesque village of Devils Bridge and is an ideal base for exploring Mid Wales or for a relaxing stay in the countyside. Free Wifi.

Self-catering with 1 unit, £85-£125 pupn sleeps 1-5

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, £325-£1025 pupw sleeps 2-7

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-£932 pupw sleeps 2-6

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-£1150 pupw sleeps 2-6

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