Accessible Mid Wales

With welcoming accommodation, nerve-jangling adventure activities, relaxing canalboat cruises and absorbing cultural centres, Mid Wales has masses to offer people with disabilities.

Places to visit and things to do

Bwlch Nant yr Arian, near Aberystwyth

Red Kite soaring through the sky

Red Kite
Bwlch Nant yr Arian forest park is one of the best places in Wales to see red kites. These magnificent birds swoop in each afternoon to be fed, as part of a long-running conservation programme. The all-ability Barcud Trail leads from the eco-friendly visitor centre to the edge of the lake where feeding takes place.

Dragonfly Cruises, Brecon

Dragonfly Cruises canal boat on the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal

Dragonfly Cruises on the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal, Brecon Beacons by Tiegan Nealy
Dragonfly Cruises offer a leisurely two and a half hour return trip along the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal from Brecon to Brynich in a brightly painted narrowboat with room for two wheelchairs. There’s a wheelchair lift from the quayside, and an accessible toilet in Theatr Brycheiniog on the wharf.

MOMA Wales (Museum of Modern Art Wales), Machynlleth

The Old Tannery, a new gallery within MOMA Wales

MOMA Wales in Machynlleth, Mid Wales by old_b1oke
When this former Victorian townhouse and Wesleyan chapel were converted into a performance venue and gallery of contemporary Welsh paintings, photography and sculpture, care was taken to make it as accessible as possible. Visitors to MOMA Wales can refuel over top notch coffee and cake at Café Glas.

National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth

National Library of Wales

National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion

This copyright library, adjacent to Aberystwyth’s prestigious university, has a mind-bogglingly large collection, including rare Welsh manuscripts. The National Library is fully accessible, with automatic main doors, three disabled toilets, wheelchairs available for visitors to use and water provided for assistance dogs.

Powis Castle, Welshpool

Powis Castle and statue

Powis Castle, Mid Wales
Some parts of this splendid historic property are not fully accessible to wheelchair users. However, a wheelchair-friendly minibus can carry visitors with limited mobility from the car park to the castle and Old Stables, a museum featuring a detailed virtual tour, or to the step-free pathway around the lower gardens.

Red Ridge Outdoor Centre, Powys

A girl learning to climb at the Activities For All course at Red Ridge Outdoor Centre

Activities For All at the Red Ridge Outdoor Centre near Welshpool, Mid Wales by Red Ridge Outdoor Centre
Red Ridge is a founding member of Adventure for All, a group of centres dedicated to enabling persons of all abilities to unlock their potential by taking part in outdoor activities. If you’d like to have a go at canoeing, abseiling, rock climbing, zip wiring or orienteering under careful supervision, this is the place.

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Places to stay

Beech Tree and Poplar Tree Eco Lodges, Crai

The exterior of the Poplar Tree Eco Lodge

Poplar Tree Eco Lodge near Sennybridge, Brecon Beacons by Brecon Cottages
Deep in the Brecon Beacons National Park, this pair of stone and timber holiday houses have attractive, modern interiors and state-of-the-art eco-features. Guests can rent an electric car on request. The Beech Tree has four bedrooms and Poplar has five. Each has a disabled-adapted en-suite bedroom on the ground floor.

Knighton Hotel, Knighton

The Knighton Hotel sign outside the building

The Knighton Hotel, Mid Wales by Sela Yair
In a historic building decorated with contemporary touches, the Knighton has a designated accessible bedroom with a wheelchair-friendly wet room, plus other rooms with en-suite wet rooms suitable for those with limited mobility. As well as the magnificent and unusual cantalibra staircase, there’s a central lift to all floors.

Metropole Hotel, Llandrindod Wells

Exterior of the Metropole Hotel in Llandrindod Wells

The Metropole Hotel in Llandrindod Wells, Mid Wales
When it opened in the 1890s, this landmark hotel was the largest in Wales. Several generations on, the Metropole Hotel is still run by the same family. Two of the rooms are adapted for wheelchair-users, and there’s access to the attractive indoor pool via a wheelchair lift and hoist. There’s a lift to all floors.

Old Radnor Barn, Talgarth

This Grade II listed stone stable block has been converted into an attractive B&B, very close to the centre of Talgarth and within easy reach of the Black Mountains. There’s ground floor accommodation with level access, suitable for elderly or disabled guests all contained in the Old Radnor Barn, while outside, there’s a lovingly maintained garden.

Plas Dolguog Hotel, Machynlleth

Plas Dolguog in Machynlleth, Mid Wales by Sarah Joy
Set just outside Machynlleth, with panoramic views over the Dyfi Valley and Snowdonia National Park beyond, Plas Dolguoug country house hotel includes four ground floor en-suite rooms which, though not wheelchair-adapted, are suitable for the elderly and those with limited mobility. Registered assistance dogs are welcome.

Yr Hen Stablau, near Machynlleth

The traditional farmhouse kitchen at Yr Hen Stablau

Yr Hen Stablau in Machynlleth, Mid Wales by Yr Hen Stablau
Yr Hen Stablau (The Old Stables) is a three-bedroom self-catering holiday cottage in a peaceful, secluded setting overlooking the Dyfi Valley. The entire ground floor is disability-friendly and includes a bedroom with a wheelchair-accessible shower room. A hoist is available on request.

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