Destination Guide to Mid Wales

Mid Wales is a remote region of understated natural beauty and a stronghold of traditional welsh culture.

Nestling comfortably between North and South Wales, Mid Wales spans between the Irish Sea in the West and the English border in the East and encompassing the counties of Ceredigion and Powys. The region is the heart of rural Wales characterized by rolling hills, grassy uplands and wild moorlands.

Often overlooked by visitors in favour of Snowdonia in the north and Pembrokeshire in the south, mid Wales hosts its own protected landscapes in the form of the Brecon Beacons National Park, a series of mountain ranges and uplands which offer a more understated natural beauty, less dramatic but equally beguiling as Wales' other national parks. Vast lakes, the Elan valley, crystal waterfalls, natural underground caves and thick forests make this region a must for anyone who enjoys tranquillity and the great outdoors.

Culturally, this region remains true to Wales with more than half of the population still speaking the Welsh mother-tongue. Mid Wales is also home to the ancient town of Machynlleth, once a stronghold for 13th century welsh national hero Owain Glyndwr and historic capital of the nation. Powys Castle and Gardens is a "must" a castle of medieval origins with added 17th century tiered gardens. Brecon itself is home to one of Britain's most renowned music events at the Brecon Jazz Festival and the book-town of Hay on Wye on the border with England is second-hand book capital of the world and host to a stunning annual literary festival.

Sparsely populated there are no cities but just a handful of small towns and villages in mid Wales. The region's quaint communities such as market town Crickhowell, Victorian Spa town of Llandrindod Wells and bustling fishing village Aberaeron each hold their own unique charms whilst the focal point is the sweeping coastal resort of Aberystwyth home to the National Library of Wales and, in recent years, a lively cosmopolitan student population.

With traditional Welsh townships, some of the nation's cultural highlights and tranquil natural beauty, mid Wales is more than a stop-over between the north and south on any Wales tour.

Relevant Tours

Tours of Wales - Brecon Beacons

Experience the contrasts of two distinct British cultures on this tour of England and Wales.  Enjoy the stunning vistas of the Cotswolds and Snowdonia National Park to the icons of English and Welsh history at York Minster, Shakespeare's Stratford, Cardiff Castle and Stonehenge.

England Tours Salisbury

Enjoy the highlights of Britain on this leisurely 15-day tour which takes you from the most southerly tip of England at Land's End to Scotland's St Andrews. On route discover national icons such as Stonehenge, Edinburgh Castle and Windsor Castle alongside more "off the beaten path" destinations as you explore the coast and countryside of Devon and Cornwall, ancient Wales and the towns and dales of Yorkshire.

England Tours - Stonehenge

Get off the beaten tourist track as you journey from Windsor to Edinburgh through the beautiful West of Britain. Explore England's picturesque coastal counties of Devon and Cornwall, see unrivalled vistas in Wales' Snowdonia National Park, pass through the majestic Lake District and tour Scotland's most elegant city in, Edinburgh.

Tours of North Wales - Caernarfon Castle

A land of mystery, delight and a rich Celtic heritage, the Wonders of Wales explores all aspects of this small but fascinating nation. This week-long journey through the Welsh Principality takes us to the nation's major sites and to learn about Welsh history, language, culture, and industry, as well as enjoying some of the most spectacular scenery anywhere in the United Kingdom.

Tours of Wales - Cardiff

Immerse yourself in the breathtaking natural scenery of Wales as you explore her towering mountains and untouched coastlines.  Magical medieval hilltop fortresses, ancient abbeys and a host of traditional towns and villages await discovery as you experience the age-old and unique Welsh whilst the vibrant capital in Cardiff offers a contemporary twist.

Tours of Wales - St Davids

Enjoy some of Britain's most scenic and dramatic rail routes as you explore the unique culture and sights of Wales.  From the capital of Cardiff and the scenic Pembrokeshire coast through the Brecon Beacons to the dramatic mountains of Snowdonia, Wales by Rail is a rail trip you won't forget.

Tours of North Wales - Caernarfon Castle

Enjoy a journey of discovery on this tour of ancient Wales staying in elegant country house hotels and grandiose castle accommodations. Explore the untouched landscapes of Snowdonia and Pembrokeshire and the awe-inspiring ruins of Wales' glorious World Heritage Castles including Conwy, Harlech and Caernarfon, not to mention the cosmopolitan capital city of Cardiff.

Tours of Wales - Tenby

Spend five days with your driver-guide and two days independently exploring Cardiff, before returning to London by rail. Your tour takes you over the border Marches and through the Mountains of North Wales, along the Welsh coast and Cardigan Bay to the beautiful seascapes and coastlines of the Pembrokeshire National Park. Your tour ends in Cardiff where you then have two free days to explore the Welsh Capital at your own leisure.

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