Aberystwyth Castle | Builth Castle Mound | Ceredigion Museum | Funicular Cliff Railway | National Cycle Collection | National Library of Wales | Radnorshire Museum | Silver Mountain Experience | Vale of Rheidol Light Railway
Aberystwyth developed around its Norman castle, constructed by Edmund Crouchback in 1277 on the orders of Edward I. The castle was captured by Owain Glyndwr and later destroyed in the Civil War, following which many of its stones were removed to build houses in the town.
Housed in the Great Hall Gallery of the University College of Wales. This award-winning arts centre displays an extensive collection of ceramics, prints and drawings. The complex includes a concert hall, cinema, theatre, gallery and workshop spaces, plus eateries and bars.
Location: Art Centre, Penglais
Campus, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3DE -
Box Office: 01970 623232 - Website
The cliff railway, at the northern end of Aberystwyth, was opened in 1896. This near-vertical line climbs some 430 ft (132 m) to the summit of Constitution Hill, which is topped by a large camera obscura (of the same era), providing views across the coast.
Opening times: daily 10am to 5pm - Admission Charge
Location: End of Queen's Road, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion - Tel: 01970 617642 - Website
Initially constructed around 1100 by Philip de Breos and later upgraded and refortified by King Edward I. In its heyday is was a large substantial castle, supporting a large Norman garrison, almost as large as Caernarfon Castle. The castle was pulled down for building materials for Builth town after a major fire in 1690. All that remains today is an impressive motte surrounded by banks and ditches.
Location: Castle Rd, Builth Wells LD2 3EL - Tel: 01982 552746
Local history museum, located in the town centre. The Ceredigion Museum exhibits everything from farm and household implements to seafaring relics.
Opening times: Apr~Sep: Mon to Sat 10am - 5pm. Oct~Mar: Mon to Sat 12 - 4:30pm - Free Entry
Location: Terrace Rd, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 2AQ - Tel: 01970 633088 - Website
The waterfall at Devil's Bridge is one of the most spectacular in Wales, tumbling some 500 ft (150 m) through a rocky chasm, spanned by three bridges, one above the other.
This contemporary museum houses a comprehensive collection of vintage to modern cycles, with tricycles pennyfarthings, boneshakers and motorised bicycles, dating from 1818 to the present day. The museum is an Independent Charitable Trust, whose aim is to promote interest in all aspects of cycling history.
Opening times: Tue, Wed and Fri:
10am to 4pm - Admission Charge
Location: The Automobile Palace, Temple Street, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 5DL
Tel: 01597 825531
Home to an impressive collection of books and documents relating to Welsh history, including some of Wales' most precious manuscripts: the Book of Taliesin, the White Book of Rhydderch, the Bangor Missal and the 12th-century Black Book of Carmarthen, the oldest manuscript written in Welsh. The library is also home to an important collection of prints, water colours and drawings.
Opening times: daily from 9:30am - Free Entry
Location: Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, Wales, SY23 3BU - Tel: 01970 632 800 - Website
The site of an important prehistoric hill fort and earthworks, some perched 400 ft (122 m) above the town. It is one of the best preserved examples of its type in the county.
The Town Hall Gardens are the setting for the Llandrindod Wells Museum, which reflects on the history and development of the town. Amongst the museum's exhibits are items excavated from the nearby Roman camp at Castell Collen, plus a charming doll collection.
Opening times: Tue to Sat (&
BH Mon) 10am to 4pm - Admission Charge
Location: Temple St, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 5DL - Tel: 01597 824513 - Website
Where history, myth and legend collide in a fantastic day out for the whole family. Embark on an adventure with a choice of guided tours discovering the history of the mines, or experience Welsh fantasy and myth in one of our theatrical experiences.
With a Gift and Coffee shop and with beautiful hillside views, Silver Mountain is well worth the visit. Sturdy footwear advised. Dogs on leads welcome at surface attractions.
Opening times: April to October Admission Charge
Location: Llywernog Silver Mine, Ponterwyd, Aberystwyth, SY23 3AB - Tel: 01970 890620
Steam locomotives regularly run the 12 miles of narrow-gauge track along the picturesque Rheidol Valley, between Aberystwyth and Devils Bridge. Originally opened in 1902 to carry local lead ore, this preserved heritage route has today become a very popular tourist attraction.
Opening times: Easter to October
(journey times are one hour each way) - Admission
Location: Park Avenue, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 1PG - Tel: 01970 625819 - Website
Cardiganshire: Aberystwyth, Cardigan, Lampeter, New Quay, Tregaron
Powys: Brecon, Builth Wells, Hay-on-Wye, Talgarth, Llanwrtwd Wells, Montgomery, Newtown, Welshpool, Machynlleth, Llanidloes, Presteigne, Llandrindod Wells, Knighton, Rhayader, New Radnor
Please note that the above information was accurate at the time this page was last updated. This information is subject to change at any time (opening times in particular), therefore if you plan on visiting any of the above attractions, please check the owner's website first or phone them for the latest details.