Mid Wales Attractions

Mid Wales offers visitors a choice of local attractions in the region, visitors have a choice of a number of interesting and charming places to discover. The Mid Wales region include museums, parks, gardens, a number of historic buildings, theatre, concerts and events. Mid Wales’s location in the heart of Wales offers visitors a wonderful landscape to enjoy the great outdoors are all within reach located close to local towns and villages with a range of things to see and do in the region.

We have outlined a number of interesting attractions and places to visit for visitors to Mid Wales and surrounding areas, these include:

Laugharne Castle has been subject to extensive excavation and restoration. Located on a low ridge overlooking the wide Taf river estuary and is today known for its associations with the poet Dylan Thomas. Situated in a lovely picturesque location, it is one of many fortresses that controlled the ancient road of communication along the south Wales coast line. The castle as a long history, originated as a Norman earth and timber stronghold and was re-built in stone during the 13th and 14th centuries by the de Brian family. Features such as the round keep tower and the mighty gatehouse of the inner bailey still survive.

Llanerchaeron is a relatively small 18th century Welsh gentry estate, located in Dyffryn Aeron. The estate stayed nearly unaltered into the 20th century and has been looked after by the National Trust since 1989. The house was designed and built by John Nash in 1794-96, Llanerchaeron was a self-sufficient estate, this is evident in the dairy, brewery, laundry and salting house of the service courtyard and other buildings on the grounds. Llanerchaeron is now a working organic farm and the two walled gardens that have been restored produce home grown fruit and herbs. There are extensive walks available around the estate and the parkland. The pleasure grounds with ornamental lake provide wonderful peaceful walks. The Home Farm complex has a range of traditional and atmospheric outbuildings.

Visitors can see the famous gardens at Powis Castle and Gardens. The medieval castle was originally built at the beginning of the 13th century by Welsh princes and was later adapted by generations of Herbert family. They furnished the castle with an array of fine paintings and also furniture. There is also a fine collection of treasures from India that are displayed in the Clive Museum. Highlights inside include the Ballroom, the smoking room, long gallery and state dining room, there is plenty of grandeur on show with a number of impressive collections. The gardens show an influence of Italian and French styles, the garden has kept its original lead statues, an orangery and an aviary on the terraces. Covering 26 acres the extensive gardens offer visitors a chance to enjoy a relaxing stroll, walking the borders, enjoying some splendid views of the castle.

King Arthur’s Labyrinth is a visitor attraction that has become popular for visitors coming to the Mid Wales area. An underground boat takes visitors into the spectacular caverns under the Braichgoch mountain at Corris near Machynlleth. As visitors walk through the caverns, Welsh tales of King Arthur are told with tableaux combined with stunning sound and light effects. The journey ends with a trip coming back along the subterranean river into the grounds of Corris Craft Centre.

The Llandrindod Wells Victorian Festival is a popular one and has been growing in popularity. It has become the one of the premiere Victorian festivals in the UK. The festival takes place in the spa town of Llandrindod Wells where the celebrations of its Victorian past are made. The festival includes over 300 events including walks, talks, drama, exhibitions, plays, musicals, street theatre and much more besides, with a Victorian flavour. The proceedings are closed in the grand style with the moving torchlight procession and fireworks display over the lake, this provides a spectacular spectacle and is well worth seeing. It is best to check on the festival website for the exact times and details.

The Aberystwyth Cliff Railway has taken visitors to the top of Constitution Hill since it opened back in 1896. The railway changed from a water balance system to electric in 1921. The carriages are taken up to the top at around four miles per hour, giving visitors a lot of time to take in and enjoy the wonderful scenery all around. On clear days it is said you can see up to 26 mountain peaks across Wales. When visitors have reached the top of Constitution Hill they are rewarded with some amazing views and you can also use the world’s largest camera obscura, giving you a bird’s eye view of 1,000 square miles. At the tops there are historical displays, a children’s play area, a gift shop for souvenirs and a cafe.

The Rhaeadr Valley is famous for being host to the highest waterfall in Wales, the Pistyll Rhaeadr. The area is somewhat hidden away in a wooded valley, the water of the River Rhaeadr tumbles over rocks and takes a plunge of around 240 feet at this two stage waterfall. Visitors should look for the Fairy Bridge', which is a natural stone arch over the river between falls. The wonderful site has provided inspiration to artists, travellers and poets over the years. There is also plenty of birdlife here for bird watching fans.

The Aberystwyth Arts Centre is known as the biggest and busiest arts centre in Wales. It presents a wide array of programmes, events and activities that includes a wide range of art forms. The Arts Centre is located in the centre of Aberystwyth university campus and has some great views over the town and coastline of Cardigan Bay. There are performances to suit a variety of tastes from theatres to comedy to dance among others. There is also a cafe that serves both hot and cold snacks, in addition there is a bar in the main theatre foyer, which has a selection of wines, beers and spirits. The Arts Centre is certainly an interesting and enjoyable place to visit for theatre aficionados.

It is recommended that prior to visiting the Mid Wales; visitors do their research and ensure any sights and attractions they plan on visiting are actually open on the days you intend on coming. The transport is also worth checking as maintenance and engineering works can mean a restricted service on public transport and the road network.

Mid Wales is a relatively quiet and scenic region making it a popular holiday and short breaks destination. The region along with the Snowdonia National park to the north and the Brecon Beacons National Park to the south has plenty to offer visitors with a mix of charming historic town and villages including plenty of picturesque locations, a scenic coastline with a number of seaside resorts and mountain landscapes to enjoy. Mid Wales includes a number of historic attractions, museums, historic houses, parks and gardens with attractions to enjoy for the entire family. Mid Wales’s attractions ensure visitors can enjoy a short break, weekend away or a longer stay here.

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