Rhayader - which is the oldest town in Mid-Wales, dating back to the 5th century, is situated in the very centre of Wales. Midway both between the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia, and Aberystwyth and Hereford, Rhayader, which is on the edge of the Elan Valley and surrounded by the Cambrian Mountains, is an excellent centre for a holiday. The many interests which can be enjoyed in the area include:, pony trekking, walking, , , and archaeology. In addition to many other things, there are, , gardens, museums, a, and the to visit. Also, mainly in the summer, there are - e.g. Literature, Music. Or if you are interested in there is a Centre for you to visit at Machynlleth.
Bird Watching, Fishing and Rhayader
Powis Castle, Welshpool - a world famous garden with Italianate terraces. This 17th century garden, based on designs from William Winde, has magnificent hanging terraces including an Italianate terrace inspired by the palace of St Germain-en Laye in France. Plants on the walls at Powis Castle include roses, pomegranates and other rare plants. In spring is the beauty and colour of the rhododendrons and azaleas, and in the autumn, rich and lovely tints. Many plant varieties are provided by the adjoining nursery.
Aberglasney Gardens, at Llangathen in Carmarthenshire, is a fascinating garden covering approximately 10 acres, including 2 woodlands. The gardens were restored in 1995 but it’s history spans many centuries. Aberglasney is situated in the lovely Tywi Valley, the ruined castles of which are a reminder of the turbulent times of the Middle Ages, and during this time knowledge of the people who owned what became the future Aberglasney is dependent on tradition. More is known of from the fifteenth century and in 1470 it was recorded that it had 'nine green gardens, orchards, vines and young oaks. Today visitors can, amongst other things, see the Cloister Garden, the Yew Tunnel, the Pool Garden, the Walled Gardens, and "Bishop Rudd’s Walk.
Welshpool, where the following 2 gardens are found, is a bustling market town situated in the upper reaches of the Severn Valley. It is home to the largest sheep market in Europe.
Glansevern Hall, at Berriew, Welshpool, in Powys, is a Greek Revival house, surrounded by a landscaped park from the early 1800's. There is a woodland, with Rhododendrons and specimen trees from the Victorian period, a large lake, a water garden, a large rock garden with grotto and walks through the woodland to the banks of the River Severn. A more formal aspect of the garden are the colourful borders around the house, and roses in the walled garden.
The Dingle at Welshpool in Powys is an “internationally acclaimed” four-acre secluded and beautiful garden, created by Mrs Barbara Joseph. The garden includes lakeside and woodland areas, as well as colour-themed and unusual planting.
National Botanic Garden of Wales - set in the beautiful Towy Valley of South West Wales - where work assists in the conservation of some of the rarest plants in the world. Within the “Great Glasshouse” a Mediterranean landscape has been created. Or visit one of Europe's longest herbaceous borders all set within a partially restored Regency Park. See the Wallace Garden, honouring the famous Welsh botanist Alfred Russell Wallace.
Penpergwym Lodge - This 3 acre garden at Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, has been developed over the last twenty years from the remnants of an Edwardian garden designed when the house was built. There are mature trees, open areas of lawn, and a contrasting formality in the more ordered area, marked out by new and old hedges.
Bwlch y Geuffordd Gardens, Bronant, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion - This garden is situated at an altitude of 1, 000 ft, the soil is thin wet peat over clay, the winters are harsh and the winds strong, but an extraordinary garden has evolved. There are 2 series of ponds and a lake, linked by paths, waterfalls and bridges. There are a number of sub gardens - bog, Mediterranean, Japanese, formal, wild, cottage and woodland - many sculptures, lovely planting and plenty of seating.
The Mid-Wales and Border area host a range of annual events including:-
The Gregynog Music Festival - held at Gregynog Hall, near Newtown, in June.
The International Hay Festival of Literature - Held annually in the famous book town of Hay-on-Wye - May /June.
The Festival of the Countryside - is a series of hundreds of events - including bird-watching, guided walks and farm visits - held throughout the year in central Wales.
The Royal Welsh Show - Wales’ most important agricultural show is held in July at Llanelwedd near Builth Wells.
The international Brecon Jazz Festival - is held in Brecon each August.
The Llandrindod Wells Victorian Festival - also held in August, includes street theatre, walks, talks, drama and music.