With welcoming accommodation, accessible adventure activities, relaxing canal boat 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 Visitor Centre, near Aberystwyth
Bwlch Nant yr Arian Visitor Centre 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 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 Canal Wharf.
MOMA (Museum of Modern Art) Machynlleth
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. After exploring the galleries, visitors to MOMA Machynlleth can refuel over top notch coffee and cake at the coffee shop.
National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth
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 four designated parking spaces, automatic main doors, lifts, three access-friendly toilets, wheelchairs for visitors to use and water provided for assistance dogs.
Powis Castle, Welshpool
A few parts of this splendid historic property are not fully accessible to wheelchair users. However, many areas are. There are designated car park spaces next to the coach park. A wheelchair-friendly minibus can carry visitors with limited mobility from the car park to Powis Castle itself and Old Stables, a museum featuring a detailed virtual tour or to the step-free pathway around the lower gardens. There are two manual wheelchairs available to loan. There's also a Braille guide to the castle and you can pre-book guided touch tours of the castle and guided sensory tours of the garden.
Red Ridge Outdoor Centre, Powys
Redridge Centre near Welshpool 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.
Places to stay
Beech Tree and Poplar Tree Eco Lodges, Crai
Deep in the Brecon Beacons National Park, these 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 the Poplar Tree Eco Lodge has five. Each has a disabled-adapted en-suite bedroom on the ground floor.
Metropole Hotel, Llandrindod Wells
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.
Trefeddian Hotel, Aberdovey
Trefeddian Hotel is a grand retreat that has made provisions for families and disabled visitors. The hotel has won many accolades including the Family Hotel and Golfing Hotel at the Good Hotel Guide Editor’s Choice 2021 awards, the Best Hotel Award at the Mid Wales Tourism Awards in 2019 and AA Hotel of the Year for Wales in 2018.
Be pampered, eat like royalty or explore the gorgeous surroundings of Snowdonia National Park. There are four floors in the hotel with a lift to all, and a reception that's staffed 24 hours a day. The hotel has one wheelchair that can be booked, and another is available if they are given advance notice. There's one purpose-designed wheelchair accessible room, but visitors in other rooms can request a raised toilet seat, a commode, bathroom stools, low-lip showers and access to a fridge for storing medication.
Yr Hen Stablau, near Machynlleth
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.
Accessible Countryside For Everyone: A brilliant resource for finding out more information on accessible places in the UK
Information Now: An article with links to find the nearest public toilets, including disabled toilets and those that are part of the RADAR/National Key Scheme
Tourism For All: Information for disabled rail passengers travelling to Wales
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