Best Places to Visit in Mid Wales

Plas Talgarth

The green heart of Wales, Mid Wales offers an abundance of places to visit and things to see. Coast or countryside, bustling market towns, castles, gardens and heritage attractions... 


A rural market town, Machynlleth is a hidden gem. Located in the UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere, it boasts outstanding natural beauty and ecological diversity. Often referred to simply as 'Mach', the story of Machynlleth began with the arrival of the Romans in the 1st century and developed during the medieval period.

There's loads to see and do in the town from antique stores, galleries, the annual comedy festival, weekly Wednesday market and cosy cafes. Art lovers must visit MOMA Machynlleth, filled with modern art in a Victorian town house and old chapel.

Nestled in the Welsh landscape near Llanfihangel-y-Pennant, around 30 minutes from Machynlleth and 25 from Plas Talgarth, Castell y Bere is a breathtaking 13th-century castle ruin. Built by Welsh ruler Llywelyn ap Iorwerth (Llywelyn the Great) to protect Gwynedd’s southern frontier, its majestic remains offer a glimpse into medieval life and boast panoramic views of the Dysynni Valley.

Aberdyfi Beach

After a short drive winding along the River Dyfi to the sea you will arrive at Aberdyfi (Aberdovey) one of southern Eryri's (Snowdonia's) most attractive coastal villages. The white sanded beach extends for miles on the north side of the Dyfi estuary.

A thriving harbour village, Aberdyfi has watersports galore - sailing, sailboarding, rowing, canoeing, fishing and boat trips. In the summer, there are rowing and yachting regattas and sailboarding competitions along with family entertainment on its award-winning beach.

You won't be disappointed by the selection of pubs, restaurants and takeaways on offer, ideal after a day of exploring. The ice cream shop is a firm favourite with locals and tourists alike. 



Situated in the middle of the Ceredigion coastline, Aberystwyth, or Aber as it's known, is one of the biggest towns in Mid Wales. A vibrant community, expect to find lots of little independent shops offering local handmade gifts and to be spoilt for choice on places to eat - it is a foodie heaven after all.

Take your camera to capture the beautiful Georgian beachfront and promenade. For the town's best views, climb Constitution Hill or hop on the Cliff Railway up to the summit and one of the world's largest camera obscuras. On a clear day, you can count the dolphins and seals in the bay, and by night this dark sky spot comes alive with the stars.

Devil's Bridge

Devil's Bridge is a must see natural attraction in Wales. A spectacular waterfall only an hour's drive from Machynlleth in the Cambrian Mountains. The 300ft Mynach waterfalls are set deep within the ancient wooded gorge and can be accessed by two nature trails.

The tiered falls is among the highest in Wales, with five major drops and intervening cascades. The Devil's Bridge Fall Nature Trail takes approximately 45 mins and is a circular walk that leads you deep into the wooded gorge with awe-inspiring views fo the falls. The shorter '3 Bridges & Punchbowl' trail will take approximately 10 minutes. Both walks are challenging and consist of many steep slate steps.