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Mid-Wales

Mid-Wales has something for everyone, a variety of landscapes from Mountains to Resevoirs, Lakes to barren land, whichever direction you travel there is always something different to see.

It also has many places to visit and explore, Castles, Rivers, and Canals, many Historical buildings and tucked away in the rural areas are many hidden gems.

Explore the towns below and see what is nearby, follow the links to find out more of these places, most can be accessed with under an hours drive.

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WELSHPOOL TOWN

POWYS CASTLE

Located just five minutes drive from the Town centre.
This National Trust Castle looks down over the splendid gardens and is surrounded with acres of open land.
It is accessible by car from the A458 Berriew Road or by foot via the High Street

COCK PIT

The Cockpit is just off the High Street in New Street.
Take the road between the Natwest Bank and the One-Stop shop and Post Office, it can then be found in the corner of the small car park on the left.

POWYSLAND MUSEUM

The Museum beside the canal hosts ever changing themes and displays, and is full of local history.

TOWN HALL, COURTHOUSE & INDOOR MARKET

The Town Hall can be found centrally in the main High Street.
It contains the Court and big reception hall, and the lower floors contain the Indoor Market area which has many stalls and a cafeteria.
Welshpool Market day is on a Monday.

MONTGOMERY CANAL

There are miles of canal path to walk along, full of wildlife and with many locks and bridges.
There are two specially adapted canal boats for the disabled to safely enjoy trips. 

Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railwayway

The Welshpool & Llanfair Lihght Railway runs from Welshpool to Llanfair Caereinion. It has a wide selection of rolling stock and runs many 'Specials' throughout the year, including Santa specials and Thomas the Tank weekends.

ST MARY'S CHURCH

Founded by the Welsh Saint Cymfelyn, originally built in 1250 but restored in 1871. Has a 1884 'Father Willis' organ.

CHRIST CHURCH

Completed in 1839 and made from Volcanic Trachyte. It houses Romanesque terracotta font, arches and columns, and a Gray's 1815 organ.

HIGH STREET

The High Street and its small hidden alleys have many coffee shops, craft and antiques shops. A monday market and an indoor market open daily.

WELSHPOOL OUTSKIRTS

NEW SMITHFIELD MARKET

The New Smithfield Cattle Market is one of if not the biggest in Europe and is held every Monday.
It can be found at the end of the Bypass just off the A458 /A483 roundabout
It now also has a restaurant.

RODNEY'S PILLAR

Rodney's Pillar is located on the top of the Breidden Hill a few miles out of Town towards Shrewsbury, it can be accessed via the A458 at Trewern, or the B4393 using Criggion Lane.

CRIGGION RADIO BASE

Far below Rodney's Pillar you can still see the white buildings that formed the once Top Secret WW2 and Cold War Radio Base that sent the out the Prime Ministers signal to attack the Falklands. The massive 600 foot aerials were demolished in 2003

MID-WALES AIRPORT

The Airport is home to the Air Ambulance and local flying school, it offers pleasure flights too.

LLANYMYNECH ROCK

Part of the Offa's Dyke Walk, this nature trail circles a disused quarry with views over wales and Shropshire. The Rock is also popular for rock climbing 

NEWTOWN

PRYCE JONES

The birthplace of the very first mail order firm.
Pryce-Jones is also credited with the invention of the sleeping bag, patented in 1876 under the name of the Euklisia Rug

ROBERT OWEN MUSEUM

The Robert Owen Museum in Newtown, Montgomeryshire houses a collection of objects, pictures and written material relating to the life of Robert Owen. The Museum tells Owen’s story and is in the centre of Newtown just a few feet from where Owen was born.

NEWTOWN TEXTILE MUSEUM

See how the handloom weavers of the mid-19th century lived and worked.

DOLFORWYN CASTLE

A 13th century medieval  castle above Abermule established by Llyweln ap  Gruffudd.

MONTGOMERY

Montgomery Castle

Standing high above Montgomery is the Castle first built in 1223 by Henry III

Glansevern Hall & Gardens

25 Acres of beautiful gardens overlooking the Kerry Hills.

Cloverlands Model Museum

The finest public collection of Historic Model Cars in Great Britain. Over 4000 on display.

Old Bell Museum

16th Century Inn converted into a local history museum.

Monty's Brewery

The Cottage is the home of the Monty's Brewery Visitor Centre.

LLANIDLOES

LLYN CLYWEDOG DAM

BRYNTAIL LEAD MINE

LLANIDLOES MUSEUM

VYRNWY

LAKE VYRNWY

A man made Reservoir that was made by flooding a valley and the village. It is abundant with wildlife, has many picnic areas; bird hides & Nearby Waterfalls.. Great for walking or cycling, fishing and boating.

RHIWARGOR FALLS
VYRNWY UPPER FALLS

Located near the NW end of Lake Vyrnwy, a great place for a picnic or leisurely walk.

PYSTYLL RHAEADR FALLS

The waterfall at 240ft (80m) is the highest waterfall in Wales and taller than the famous Niagara Falls.

VYRNWY'S HISTORY

Where the resevoir now stands was once a valley, in 1881 many of its 37 houses and buildings which were home to 433 people were demolished and the valley dammed and flooded to supply Liverpool with water.

MACHYNLLETH

'MACH LOOP'

Towards the west coast is the military training area known as the 'Mach Loop'.  There are many vantage points to watch or film the jets up close as they fly between the mountains. CAD-West / East being perhaps the best. If you are into aeroplanes, then you cant get any closer than this!

DYFI OSPREY PROJECT

The Dyfi Osprey Project shown in the live feed above is part of the Dyfi Wildlife Centre in Machynlleth.

CENTRE FOR ALTERNATIVE TECHNOLOGY

Over 7 acres of hands on displays, and gardens with over 40 years of experience in sustainability practice.

CORRIS MINE EXPLORERS

Explore the forgotton world of a Welsh Slate Miner in this underground adventure.

BARMOUTH AND FAIRBOURNE

BARMOUTH BRIDGE

The Barmouth Bridge links the main line railway across the Estuary to Fairbourne.

BLUE LAKE

Hidden away in the hill tops above Fairbourne if you can find it is the magical 'Blue Lake'. A disused slate quarry with its own optical illusion, when the sun is directly above the water appears to vanish.

FAIRBOURNE STEAM RAILWAY

The Fairbourne two foot gauge Railway has been running from Fairbourne village to the mouth of the Mawddach Estuary, connecting with the ferry to Barmouth for over 100 years.

BARMOUTH BEACH

The Blue Flag Beach and dunes jut out into the estuary.

LLANGOLLEN AREA

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

If you have a head for heights then take a walk across the Aqueduct alongside the canal boats. Don't look down!

Llangollen Canal

Hire a boat for the day or even longer and explore the many miles of canal and beautiful countryside that surrounds it, cross the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and travel through the tunnel.

Horseshoe Falls

This distinctive shaped Weir is 460 feet long and creates the pool of water that feeds the Llangollen Canal.

Llangollen Railway

The famous Steam Railway runs through the picturesque countryside.