The seaside University town of Aberystwyth is home to our National Library. A visit here can help you trace your Welsh ancestry. Or you could just explore the thousands of books and digital resources housed here.
The lakes are mostly man-made reservoirs built to supply water to English towns, but they’re still pretty impressive. As a result, the region is often referred to as Wales’ own lake district. Lake Vyrnwy and the Elan Valley are two of the best examples.
[Elan Valley Dam autumn]
We’ve also got some impressive waterfalls, such as Pistyll Rhaeadr, which is higher than Niagara Falls. Nearby you can experience the Red Kite Feeding Centre or travel a little further to The Dyfi Osprey Project at the Cors Dyfi Nature Reserve.
[Aberystwyth seafront at sunset]
Some of the highlights:
- The Royal Welsh Show at Builth Wells - One of the largest annual agricultural shows in Europe each July, highlighting the great Welsh produce on offer.
- Llanwrtyd Wells – host to an annual line up of unusual events including the World Bog Snorkeling Championships and Man vs Horse Marathon.
- Penderyn Whisky Distillery – The famous brand of whisky is in located in foothills of the Brecon Beacons. If whisky is not your thing, they also produce premium vodka and gin.
- Hay-on-Wye the book capital of the world welcomes the biggest arts and literature festival in the World for ten days in May/June each year – the Hay Festival.
- The Italianate village Portmeirion, setting for 1960s TV show The Prisoner, is a very popular tourist attraction in the region. It’s also home to Festival No.6.
- Lake Vyrnwy is perhaps the most scenic location in Wales!
- The Baroque gardens of Powis Castle near Welshpool makes for a great day out.
- Cardigan Bay has one of Europe's largest semi-resident populations of bottlenose dolphins.
- Harlech Castle is one of the most iconic castles in Wales built by King Edward I and is part of one of Wales' World Heritage Sites. It is near the seaside town of Barmouth.
- The Dan-yr-Ogof National Showcaves Centre for Wales is around 11 miles long and is said to be the largest in Europe. 315 million years in the making, the three show caves is one of the best attractions in Wales.
- Centre for Alternative Technology – one of the world’s most renowned eco-centres featuring a cliff railway run by water balancing. Echoing Wales' focus on sustainability.
[Pen y fan, the largest Mountain in the Brecon Beacons, one of Wales’ three dark sky reserves]