Start your visit in the shadow of Plynlimon, in the wood clad valleys and hills above Aberystwyth. Explore the famous gorge, the three bridges, ravines and cascades at historic Devil’s Bridge. Nearby is Llywernog Silver-Lead Mine, where there are guided underground tours of the mine, which has been lovingly restored to its Victorian splendour.
Take the steam train down the valley to the seaside university town Aberystwyth. Standing on a hill high above the town, the National Library of Wales is at the very heart of Welsh culture. The library hosts some of the greatest treasures of Wales and features a changing series of exhibitions, events and displays of throughout the year.
For the last 25 years, much of the Ceredigion coastline has been designated Heritage Coast. It is an outstanding and internationally important area for marine wildlife. Travel south and enjoy the views or take a boat trip out into the bay.
Enjoy coffee and cake, or honey ice cream on the quay in the Georgian town of Aberaeron. Nearby is the National Trust property of Llanerchaeron, an 18th century Welsh gentry estate which has survived virtually unaltered. The house was designed and built by John Nash in 1796 and the estate is now a working organic farm. There’s plenty to see with the house, the walled gardens, the park and the animals on the farm.
Just north of Cardigan, the county town of Ceredigion, is the Felinwynt Rainforest Centre. The centre has a wonderful display of free-flying tropical butterflies in natural surroundings and a Rainforest Exhibition.
For those wishing to make a scenic trip, be sure to board the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway, while The Vale of Rheidol Railway, the last steam railway to be owned by British Rail until it was privatized in 1989, runs for nearly 12 miles from Aberystwyth to Devil’s Bridge.
The Cambrian Coast Line runs from Machynlleth south to Aberystwyth and north to Pwllheli. This is one of the most scenic lines in the UK. Finally the Heart of Wales Line runs from Shrewsbury to Swansea, giving passengers glorious views of rolling countryside. There’s even a chance to hop off at the Britain’s smallest town, Llanwrtyd Wells.
There is so much to see and do in this part of Wales, and be sure to visit one of our Bridge Clubs at Aberystwyth, Aberaeron, Cardigan, Dolgellau, Knighton, Lampeter, Llandrindod Wells, Newtown, Rhayader and Welshpool where you are assured of a friendly welcome.