The Mid-Wales region is remarkable for its diversity of landscapes, communities, and the activities it has to offer. With its mix of mountains, hills and green river valleys, the natural environment is complemented by the array of historical and cultural attractions. The area stretches from the Brecon Beacons Mountains in the south up to the Cambrian Mountains in the north.
Mid Wales is easy to get to and near a number of international airports (Cardiff, Bristol, Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham are all close) and easily accessed by the Heart of Wales and Cambrian train lines.
Historical attractions in the region are plentiful and castle-lovers will be pleased to visit sites like Powis Castle at Welshpool, with its world-famous gardens and painting collections, Chirk Castle at Wrexham, Harlech Castle, which offers excellent vistas of Snowdonia, Castell Henllys, a prehistoric fort dating back to around 600 BC and Cilgerran Castle, with its stunning tower ruins. Venture into the region's more recent history with a trip to Corris Mine Explorers at the Corris Craft Centre at Machynlleth, which offers a glimpse into the workings of a disused slate mine.
Exploring the countryside can be done by foot, on water, by bicycle or on one of the many steam railways in the region. Well suited for walking, Mid Wales has well established trails like the Offa's Dyke path, the Severn Way, the Wye Valley Walk, and the Beacons Way. Many of these suit either day hikes or longer journeys. Peregrine falcons, red kites, kingfishers and merlins can be spotted in the region, and more wildlife enjoyment can be found at one of the 17 nature reserves in the region.
Marked cycle trails and traffic-free cycle routes also welcome those looking to ride through the region. Outdoor education centres organise activities like rock climbing, paragliding, white water rafting, canoeing, kayaking and horse riding. Others might enjoy playing a round of golf or fishing on the Wye, Usk or Severn Rivers.
Railway enthusiasts will enjoy a trip on one of the many railways operating in the region, such as the steam railways of Fairbourne or Ffestiniog. More than 30 gardens are open to the public in Mid Wales, and the Centre for Alternative Technology located in Machynlleth features examples and information on sustainable living, alternative energy sources and organic farming.
Towns worth visiting in the region include Brecon, Builth Wells and Welshpool with its famous church. Hay on Wye, with its annual Literature Festival and dozens of used book shops, is a literary mecca. Llandridod Wells is Wales' most central town and well known for its medicinal healing spring waters, which helped it become a wealthy spa town during the mid-18th century.
The area also boasts a vibrant arts and culture scene, showcased in the Brecon Jazz Festival each August and the Gregynog arts festival held each June in Newtown. The Brecon Tourist Information Centre is an excellent resource to help plan your trip to Mid Wales, including choosing from a wide range of accommodation options.