Mid-Wales

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Mid-Wales - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Powis Castle

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Continuously occupied since the 13th century, Powis Castle rises above the town of Welshpool. One of the most elegant residential castles in...Read More

  • 2. Victorian Festival

    Festival–Sight

    The Victorian Festival takes over Llandrindod Wells for a week in late August. Everyone from shopkeepers to hotel clerks dresses up in period...Read More

  • 3. Aberystwyth Castle

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    The British writer Caitlin Moran once wrote fondly of Aberystwyth's "Glitter-glue sea and smashed-cake castle," and these crumbling ruins at...Read More

  • 4. Aberystwyth Cliff Railway

    Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    The Victorian-era Aberystwyth Cliff Railway deposits you at the top of Constitution Hill. Opened in 1896, it's the longest electric cliff railway...Read More

  • 5. Centre for Alternative Technology

    Local Interest–Sight

    At an abandoned slate quarry in the hills north of Machynlleth, a railway transports you to a futuristic village equipped with all things green...Read More

  • 6. Ceredigion Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Housed in a flamboyant 1905 Edwardian theater, the Ceredigion Museum has collections related to folk history and the building's own music hall...Read More

  • 7. Constitution Hill

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    At the northern end of the beach promenade, Constitution Hill dominates the skyline. From the top you can see much of the Welsh coastline (and...Read More

  • 8. Great Aberystwyth Camera Obscura

    Observatory/Planetarium

    A modern version of a Victorian amusement, Great Aberystwyth Camera Obscura is a massive 14-inch lens that gives you a bird's-eye view of Cardigan...Read More

  • 9. Hay Castle

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    On a hilltop are the handsome remains of a 12th-century castle keep, jutting out from behind a 16th-century manor house. ...Read More

  • 10. Llanerchaeron

    House/Mansion/Villa

    This late-18th-century Welsh gentry estate in the Aeron Valley, 17 miles south of Aberystwyth, is a superb example of the early work of John...Read More

  • 11. Llynwenog Silver-Lead Mine

    Mine

    Outside the village of Ponterwyd, 10 miles east of Aberystwyth, this 200-year-old mine is now a museum where you can tour reproductions of mining...Read More

  • 12. MOMA Wales

    Museum/Gallery

    No relation to MOMA in New York, this small but superb modern art gallery hosts exhibits focusing on the work of Welsh artists. For a week in...Read More

  • 13. National Library of Wales

    Library/Archive

    This massive neoclassical building next to the University of Wales houses notable Welsh and other Celtic literary works among its more than...Read More

  • 14. Owain Glyndwr Centre

    Museum/Gallery

    This humble exhibition is devoted to Owain Glyndwr (1359–1416), who was crowned Prince of Wales at Machynlleth in the early 15th century and...Read More

  • 15. Penglais Woods

    Forest

    For a couple of weeks in late April or May, a stretch of woodland east of Aberystwyth comes alive with a carpet of purple-hued bluebells. It...Read More

  • 16. Quaker Heritage Centre

    Museum/Gallery

    In the town square, this museum commemorates the area's strong links with the Quaker movement and the Quakers' emigration to the American colonies. ...Read More

  • 17. Radnorshire Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    In Memorial Gardens, this museum tells the story of the town's development from prehistory onwards and includes a small collection of Roman...Read More

  • 18. Royal Welsh Show

    Festival–Sight

    The town of Llanelwedd, 7 miles south of Llandrindod, comes to life in late July for the Royal Welsh Show. The old-school livestock judging...Read More

  • 19. Ty Siamas

    Museum/Gallery

    The National Centre for Welsh Folk Music is in the converted Victorian Market Hall and Assembly Rooms. It has a fascinating interactive folk...Read More

  • 20. Vale of Rheidol Railway

    Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    At Aberystwyth Station you can hop on the steam-powered Vale of Rheidol Railway for an hour-long ride to the Devil's Bridge ( Pont y Gwr Drwg...Read More

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