RSPB Ynyshir Nature Reserve
The BBC’s much-loved Springwatch programme set up home amidst the woodland, wet grassland and saltmarshes of Ynys-hir in 2011. Ducks and geese reside here in winter, while the summer brings lapwings and redshanks. There are seven hides at Ynyshir for you to fully experience the wild wonder of this special corner of Ceredigion.
Aberystwyth Arts Centre
This seaside university town has one of the busiest and most vibrant arts centres in the UK, hosting cinema screenings, dance, comedy and theatrical events, as well as all kinds of exhibitions. Keep an eye out for the Wales One World Festival in February & March and the International Ceramics Festival in June.
The National Library of Wales
There’s something awe-inspiring about The National Library of Wales - it's an institution that aims to create an archive of every book, photograph, film and piece of music made in a country, - even somewhere as small as Wales. Best of all, this material is accessible to all visitors, who are also drawn by the regular exhibitions and lectures that take place at the library.
Llanerchaeron is an elegant, almost understated, Georgian mansion beside the River Aeron in Ceredigion. Llanerchaeron was built in 1790 by John Nash, who included Buckingham Palace and Brighton Pavilion on his impressive CV. The house now functions as a working organic farm, with Welsh black cattle, rare Welsh pigs and Llanwenog sheep.
Respected broadcaster (and Welshman) Huw Edwards rates Aberaeron as the prettiest town on the coast of Wales. It was established early in the 19th century and the Regency style buildings around the harbour are quaint and unusual. The much loved Harbourmaster Hotel is well worth a visit for good food using local produce and great local ales.
Bwlch Nant Yr Arian
The Cambrian Mountains offer an ideal playground for mountain bikers who enjoy a wild and rugged experience. There are three biking trails, three walking trails and a variety of other attractions in the area, including two childrens’ play areas and a café at Bwlch Nant Yr Arian where you can watch red kites feeding over the nearby lake.
The Vale of Rheidol Railway
Catch a steam train on the Vale of Rheidol Railway from Aberystwyth to Devil’s Bridge and you seem to travel back in time along the 11 mile (17 km) narrow gauge railway track to Devil’s Bridge. This line opened in 1902 to serve local lead ore and timber industries since when it has only temporarily halted its service during times of war.
Devils Bridge Falls
Devils Bridge Falls is a remarkable site of not one, not two, but three bridges built where the River Mynach cascades 300 feet (90 metres) to the River Rheidiol below. According to folklore the first bridge was constructed by the Devil himself, who was obviously a dab hand at this kind of thing having been credited with at least another 20 structures of a similar kind across Europe.
Cardigan Bay is home to the sociable bottlenose dolphin the comparatively shy harbour porpoise and over 5000 Atlantic grey seals. A dolphin survey boat trip will give you the opportunity to learn from expert volunteers about the work that goes into maintaining this Special Area of Conservation (SAC).