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History & heritage


Forget what you learned in school. History in Mid Wales isn’t about what happened long ago. It’s not about dates and dusty remains. It’s about the here and now.


You can’t just read about our ancestors in books. You can see what they saw, touch what they touched, walk a mile in their shoes. Or in the case of Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail, you can walk 177 miles.


You can ride on our steam railways, sail our canals, explore our tramroads and drovers' paths. Stroll the pleasure gardens of our Victorian spa towns, marvel at the great stone dams of the Vyrnwy and Elan valleys and the landscapes they created.


It could turn out to be the most enjoyable history lesson you’ve ever had.

Upcoming Events

  • Dark skies festival
    Saturday, April 1, 2017 to Sunday, April 30, 2017

    Hay Dark Skies

    One of only five places in the world to obtain dark sky reserve status the Brecon Beacons is the ideal place to observe the night sky

  • Machynlleth Comedy Festival
    Friday, April 28, 2017 to Sunday, April 30, 2017

    Machynlleth Comedy Festival

    When we first talked about starting Machynlleth Comedy Festival above of all we wanted to create somewhere where people came to have fun, and get away from it all, whether this be the attendees, the comedians or the festival team.

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