Llyn Clywedog Reservoir 

The Llyn Clywedog is a man made reservoir formed by the construction of the Clywedog Dam. The dam was built between 1965-67 to regulate the flow of water in the Severn, both as a protection against flooding of the upper sections of the river during the winter months and also to ensure the maintenance of a minimum flow in the river during the summer.


Ospreys have been seen regularly on the Llyn Clywedog since 2014 during the spring and autumn migration seasons. Also the nest on the Dyfi Estuary is worth visiting during nesting season 

We have two Red Kite feeding stations near by at Gigrin Farm, Rhayader and Bwlch Nant Yr Arian.

Minerva Arts Centre

The Minerva Arts Centre is the home to the Quilt Association and its collection of heritage quilts. The centre hosts an exhibition every summer. Regular workshops and activities are offered at the centre all year round.

In Town Beauty & Ladies Fashion 

L’Armoire Boutique provides beautiful designer clothes for women. Trained stylists can co-ordinate and create outfits that are just right for you.

Beau Beauty is a boutique beauty salon, offering a wide range of beauty, massage and holistic treatments within a warm, welcoming and luxurious environment.

Cambrian Coast 

The Cambrian Railway spans 120 miles of unspoilt natural beauty and is one of the most scenic rail routes in Britain. The Cambrian Line takes you through rugged mountain terrain, quaint market towns, World Heritage sites and castles to the Cambrian Coastal route offering spectacular views, coastal walks and places to visit.

Aberdyfi is a thriving little harbour resort set within the Snowdonia National Park, where the river Dyfi meets the blue waters of Cardigan Bay. Take in the views of purple mountain ridges of Snowdonia and the spectacular views and the one-mile long bridge over the Mawddach Estuary and Barmouth harbour. 

Ynys Hir Nature Park

The RSPB Ynys Hir nature reserve is wildlife haven in the heart of Mid Wales. Located within the UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere it has a vast range of birds, feeding stations & trails. Equipped with a visitor centre, this is a great day out.

National Trust Powis Castle & Garden

A medieval castle set above the celebrated garden near Welshpool. Have a guided tour of the castle or stroll at your leisure around the gardens and treat yourself in the tea rooms.

Steam Rail

A medieval castle set above the celebrated garden near Welshpool. Have a guided tour of the castle or stroll at your leisure around the gardens and treat yourself in the tea rooms.

The Vale of Rheidol Railway re-creates the Edwardian spirit of adventure. Step aboard one of our restored steam trains for a stunning journey along the Rheidol Valley. Since opening in 1902, millions have enjoyed the scenic trip through the ancient woodlands to Devil’s Bridge, home of the famous waterfalls.

Opened in 1903 to link the market town of Welshpool to the rural community of Llanfair Caereinion, this 2 foot 6 inch narrow gauge steam railway now provides a tourist service for all the family and a welcome change from the rush of every day life. Built as a Light Railway to avoid some of the costs of railway construction, the narrow gauge allows for tight curves and steep gradients, enabling the line to follow the contours of the countryside.

Elan Valley 

A visit to Elan Valley never fails to delight and inspire. 72 square miles with historic landscapes and thriving wildlife. The dams and reservoirs, the working legacy of remarkable Victorian engineering, add to the captivating and ever changing scenery. You can stroll, picnic or hike; cycle or mountain bike; bird watch, fish or safari!In 2015, the Elan Valley Estate achieved International Dark Sky Park status and became the first privately owned but publicly accessible park in the world to do so.

Bwlch Nant Yr Arain Visitors Centre

Bwlch Nant Yr Arian is situated at the head of a valley overlooking Cardigan Bay and the Cambrian Mountains.With daily feeding of Red Kites, trails for walkers, mountain bikes and a visitor centre. It has been awarded the Gold Award by Visit Wales.

Glansevern Hall Gardens 

Glansevern Hall Gardens offer over 25 stunning acres of diverse landscape and exotic planting. The spectacular estate comprises a variety of garden attractions, such as the enormous lake, a cascading Water Garden, lakeside and woodland walks, the more formal Walled Garden, the charming Folly Garden and the secluded Bird Hide, set where the River Severn meets the River Rhiew

Mid Wales Art Centre 

Mid Wales Arts Centre is a cultural icon in Montgomeryshire.  Home to many exhibiting artists as well as accommodating a fascinating sculpture trail within the beautiful gardens and a café.

Centre of Alternative Technology

Nestled in the foothills of Snowdonia, the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) is a world-renowned eco centre that researches and supports greener ways of living. Explore our hands-on displays, examples of environmentally responsible buildings, renewable energy, organically managed gardens and family holiday activities, there is something for everyone.


We have 5 dark sky destinations in Mid Wales from Brecon Beacons to Elan Valley Brecon Beacons becomes the world's 5th International Dark Sky Reserve.

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