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Other Nearby Attractions.

Attractions in the Rheidol Valley:
There are several attractions within close proximity to the Vale of Rheidol's stations in the Rheidol Valley.  Trains run to and from Devil's Bridge, as well as calling at Capel Bangor & Aberffrwd.  Other stops are available upon prior request to the Guard.

Near Capel Bangor:

 Rheidol Riding Centre
Capel Bangor - 5 minutes walk from Capel Bangor Station
Postcode:  SY23 4EL

The Rheidol Riding Centre is a British Horse Society Approved Riding, Training and Examination Centre.  The Centre has full-size floodlit indoor and full-size floodlit outdoor riding arenas, a show jumping and cross-country course, and fantastic trekking and hacking around the Rheidol Valley.  Situated in the middle of the picturesque Rheidol Valley, four miles from the town of Aberystwyth.  The Centre is enclosed by the River Rheidol to one side and the Vale of Rheidol Railway on the other. 

Near Aberffrwd:

   The Magic of Life Butterfly House
Cwm Rheidol - 20 minutes walk from Aberffrwd Station
Postcode:  SY23 3NB

Come and see some of the largest and most colourful butterflies in the world!  Walk among them and watch them feeding, courting and laying eggs.  Pupae are farmed sustainably in the tropics, and then put in an incubator where they emerge the following week. Many of the butterflies have natural lives of only a week or two meaning that hundreds of pupae are imported each season. Up to 80 different species of butterflies are displayed over the year.  The day out provides a hand-on learning experience for all ages.


Rheidol Power Station - Statkraft Energy Ltd.
Cwm Rheidol - 20 minutes walk from Aberffrwd Station
Postcode: SY23 3NF

The Rheidol Hydro Electric scheme is the largest of its kind in England and Wales.
Since 1962, the scheme has generated renewable energy by using the rainwater
that falls on the surrounding Plynlimon Mountains.
Located within and above the scenic Rheidol Valley near Aberystwyth in Mid-Wales, the scheme is made up of an interconnected group of reservoirs, dams, pipelines, aqueducts and power stations, and covers a total area of 162 square kilometres. The annual energy production is about 85GWh - enough to power 20,000 homes.
Further details HERE

Near Devil's Bridge:

Cambrian Safaris Tours
(Train and tour. / Connection to the Cambrians. / Cambrian Connections ... )
Tel:01974 261425
Mobile: 07773182001

Take the train from Aberystwyth and join a Cambrian Safaris Tour in Devils Bridge. The tour will last for about 4 hours and you can take the train back to Aberystwyth. Book this trip - including the train travel - with Cambrian Safaris.  The tour includes a look at the 'Devil's Bridge' and then a tour of the upper Rheidol and / or Ystwyth Valleys or even of the Elan Valley Reservoirs if you wish. It will be a gentle meander around little used back roads with some fabulous views, or we can take you across some very open country along some of North Ceredigions unsurfaced roads.  Hinterland t.v. filming locations can be included, as can a little of the history of the mining industry for which the railway was originally intended to serve. It is also possible for Cambrian Safaris to meet you from a later train and return you to Aberystwyth. The timetable is more flexible on peak days.

Two Hoots Tea Room
Devil's Bridge - On the Station
Postcode:  SY23 3JL

A Family run Tea Room with indoor and covered, out door seating area, good food and friendly staff.  A key part of a good day out on the Vale of Rheidol Railway.


Sarah Bunton's Chocolates at Y Caban
Devil's Bridge - 1 minute walk from Devil's Bridge Station
Postcode:  SY23 3JL

Situated across the road from the Vale of Rheidol Steam Railway station, is Devil's Bridge's Latest Attraction - Sarah Bunton's Welsh Chocolate Shop.

Come and watch Professional Chocolatiers creating  award winning  handmade Chocolates and Fudge through the purpose built window in the recently opened chocolate workshop. Here you will be able to find a self-indulging treat, an ideal gift from Wales, or Chocolates for any occasion. Trade enquires are also welcome.

In our adjoining Take-Away Kiosk, we serve Luxury Welsh Ice Cream along with tea, coffee, cold drinks and light snacks. 

The Hafod Hotel
Devil's Bridge - 5 minutes walk from Devil's Bridge Station
Postcode:  SY23 3JL

Originally built as a hunting lodge in the 1700's, The Hafod Hotel stands alongside the "Devil's Bridge" at the head of the dramatic waterfalls. The Hotel overlooks the spectacular wooded gorges of the Mynach and Rheidol rivers. In this superb setting - at the Western edge of the famous Mid Wales Cambrian Mountains and Elan Valley, and also within easy reach of the coastal University town of Aberystwyth looking out at Cardigan Bay. A very accommodating hotel suitable for one nights stays, short breaks or holidays.

Devil's Bridge Falls
Devil's Bridge - 5 minutes walk from Devil's Bridge Station
Postcode: SY23 3JL

Devil's Bridge Falls is a world famous tourist attraction 12 miles from Aberystwyth.  These unique waterfalls have attracted many thousands of visitors since the 18th Century, including William Wordsworth who wrote about the "Torrent at the Devil's Bridge".  Today, the Falls Nature Trail provides a unique opportunity to see this great natural feature in the Rheidol Gorge.


The Hafod Estate
4 miles from Devil's Bridge.
Postcode: SY25 6DX

The Hafod Estate is a restored 18th century landscape, known as a paradise for walkers. Recognised as one of the finest examples in Europe of a Picturesque landscape. Thomas Johnes (1748 - 1816) built a Mansion within this remote valley and laid out the grounds to suit displaying the natural beauties with the 'picturesque principles' fashionable at the time. 
Although the Mansion is no longer standing, the estate is maintained to keep Johnes' picturesque landscape for all to enjoy. Including 5 waymarked woodland walks to enable you to explore the beauty of the estate. The walks weave their way between many of the majestic waterfalls within the estate, such as the Peiran Falls, and leading you across many of the unique bridges and hidden secrets of the Estate.
The Hafod Estate lays within 200 hectares of the Ystwyth Valley and the surrounding hills. Most of the estate is owned by Natual Resources Wales who, in partnership with the Hafod Trust, is managing a conservation and restoration project with public and private funding. 
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Also Nearby:

Internal Fire - Museum of Power
Postcode:   SA43 2JS

The Internal Fire - Museum of Power is a museum of internal combustion engines in West Wales. The museum's collection is mostly of larger stationary diesel engines, as used for generating sets and pumping stations. This fascinating Museum is based in Cardigan Bay, south of the Railway.


Aberystwyth Cliff Railway
Postcode:  SY23 2DN

At the northern end of Aberystwyth promenade, Constitution Hill rises dramatically from the sea, providing spectacular and uninterrupted views of the town, Cardigan Bay, and on a clear day 26 mountain peaks spanning much of the length of Wales.  The most relaxing way to enjoy this majestic panorama is to travel by train on the longest funicular electric cliff railway in Britain, which has been transporting visitors to the summit since opening in 1896.


 Silver Mountain Experience
Postcode:  SY23 3AB

Steeped in myths and legends, high in the ancient Cambrian Mountains, the Silver Mountain Experience has tumbling streams, mysterious forests and long abandoned mine workings that will take you on a journey through the mists of time.


Borth Animalarium
Postcode:  SY24 5NA

Borth Animalarium is a small Zoo in Mid Wales, near Aberystwyth, offering unwanted Zoo animals and exotic pets a new home. There are lots of attractions and daily activities for visitors to enjoy.

 Dyfi Osprey Project
Postcode:SY20 8SR


Cambrian Mountains Initiative - Tourism Ambassadors:

The Vale of Rheidol Railway is proud to be a Cambrian Mountains Tourism Ambassador.  In 2010, HRH The Prince of Wales established the Cambrian Mountains Tourism Ambassador scheme to recognise high quality tourism establishments in the area. They include hotels, restaurants, self-catering accommodation as well as visitor attractions.  Information on each of the Tourism Ambassadors is listed below.  For more information, visit the Cambrian Mountains Initiative online at


Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Postcode:  SY23 3DE

Aberystwyth is home to Wales's most vibrant arts centre in a magnificent setting with stunning views over Cardigan Bay. With a lively, all year round theatre, dance, music and film programme, the Centre also includes galleries with ever-changing contemporary art exhibitions plus international festivals, courses and workshops, as well as popular cafes, bars, craftshop and bookshop.


Bwlch Nant yr Arian Forest Centre
Ponterwyd  - 9 miles east of Aberystwyth on the A44
Postcode:  SY23 3AD

A little piece of heaven, high in the Cambrian Mountains with an attractive Visitor Centre and cafe. Highlights include, stunning views, the lakeside all-ability trail, a choice of waymarked scenic walks; world class mountain biking routes plus adventure play areas and animal puzzle trail. Visitors can also enjoy the spectacular daily Red Kite feeding session.


Ceredigion Museum
Postcode:  SY23 2AQ

Located in an original Edwardian Theatre, described as 'probably the most beautiful museum in Britain', the region's rich history is depicted in collections of Welsh costume, art and artefacts relating to the county's farming, seafaring, industrial and domestic heritage. Highlights include a reconstructed 19th century cottage and barn and Welsh textiles display.

 Elan Valley Trust Cottages
Near Rhayader
Postcode:  LD6 5HP

Secluded self catering on the Elan Estate includes a restored 16th century longhouse Llannerch y Cawr (2 units. Sleeps 4/6), the traditional cottage Tynllidiart (sleeps 4), and cosy 19th century farmhouse Penglaneinon (sleeps 6). Each property enjoys fine views across various valleys, lakes, reservoirs and dams. Meanwhile the Trust's Penbont House at Pengarreg Dam offers B&B and a tearoom.

Elan Valley Visitor Centre
Postcode:  LD6 5HP

Located at the foot of the magnificent Elan Valley lakes, reservoirs and dam system, the centre is an excellent base for exploring the 72 square mile estate in the heart of the Cambrian Mountains and dramatic scenery. Open all year, it is a favourite with visitors and features educational and interpretation exhibitions, a cafe and shop.

Esgair Wen, Tyllwyd Farm Cottage and Camping
Postcode:  SY23 4AG

Enjoy a warm, friendly welcome at this enchanting 4 bedroom cottage Esgair Wen, beautifully situated overlooking the stunning landscape and wildlife of the Ystwyth Valley. Located on one of the Cambrian Mountains Lamb hill farms, Tyllwyd, the home of the Raw family for six generations. Also excellent farm campsite along the river bank nearby.


Guidfa House
Crossgates, near Llandrindod
Postcode:  LD1 6RF

Enjoy your stay at this lovely 5 star B&B country house near Llandrindod Wells. Expect a warm welcome and home-made food as you unwind with books by the log fire and afternoon tea in the elegant sitting room. Evening drinks or wine and cold platters served to resident guests if they choose not to dine out locally. 

Gwesty Cymru
Postcode:  SY23 2AZ

Discover true Welsh tradition, culture and contemporary luxury in this seafront Edwardian guesthouse stylishly reborn for the 21st century. The hotel's 8 superb ensuite rooms include Welsh handcrafted furniture, specially commissioned oil canvases, peerless facilities and spectacular sea views. Gwesty's restaurant provides a feast of seasonal, local produce in imaginative contemporary dishes for lunch and dinner. 

Lake Country House, Hotel and Spa
Llangammarch Wells
Postcode:  LD4 4BS

Luxury spa and country house hotel in fabulous grounds. The elegant, comfortable lounges and bedrooms/suites are richly appointed. In the restaurant Head Chef Sean Cullingford offers modern Celtic cuisine (AA 2 Rosette) with discrete unobtrusive service and an exceptional wine list. Non-residents welcome for spa days as well as lunch, dinner, afternoon tea.

Lasswade Country House
Llanwrtyed Wells
Postcode:  LD5 4RW

AA 2 Rosette. 4 Star 'Restaurant with Rooms'. 2011-12 UK Green Champion and 2008-10 UK Sustainable Food winner. Personally run by owners Roger and Emma Stevens whose eight bedroom Edwardian House was described in the Daily Telegraph as 'having one of the best views in Wales'. Located in the smallest town in Britain on the A483 southern approach to the Cambrian Mountains.


Llanerchaeron Estate
Near Aberaeron
Postcode:  SA48 8DG

This rare example of a self-sufficient 18th-century Welsh minor gentry estate with house, walled gardens and home farm has survived virtually unaltered. 

The villa, designed in the 1790s, is the most complete example of the early work of John Nash. It has its own service courtyard with dairy, laundry, brewery and salting house, and walled kitchen gardens (with all its produce for sale when in season). 

The pleasure grounds and ornamental lake and parkland provide peaceful walks. The Home Farm complex has an impressive range of traditional, atmospheric outbuildings and is a working organic farm with Welsh Black cattle, Llanwenog sheep and rare Welsh pigs.


Luxury Lodges
Trefeglwys, near Llanidloes

This peaceful 80 acre farm features bird watching and nature walks from its six luxury self-catering lodges and honeymoon cottage. Each 5 star lodge is set in its own private grounds with an individual hot tub and enjoying panoramic views of the Cambrian Mountains. Welcome packs provided and luxurious beauty treatments available on site.


National Library of Wales
Postcode:  SY23 3BU

With over 4 million printed volumes and rare books, the Library includes world class collections of Wales, Welsh-language and Celtic material, including art. Visitors welcome for library tours and a variety of seasonal and permanent exhibitions in the extensive galleries; the cafe and shop and stunning views over the town.


Rhiannon Gold Centre
Postcode:  SY25 6JL

Welsh jeweller Rhiannon Evans has been designing beautiful Celtic jewellery for over 40 years. Her unique jewellery is made by Welsh speaking goldsmiths and visitors can watch their work in progress in the purpose built viewing workshops. The centre also includes a museum of Celtic Art; cafe; art gallery plus a delightful craft gift shop.


Strata Florida Abbey

Strata Florida was a significant 12th century Cistercian abbey and an important Welsh cultural centre. Its enterprising monks established large-scale sheep farming and created trade routes across the mountains. Today the peaceful site houses a new interpretation centre, including poems by Gwyneth Lewis, to help visitors understand the ruins of this once magnificent abbey. 

The Castle Hotel
Postcode: SA20 0AP

Traditional, warm and friendly coaching inn, now fabulously renovated with a relaxed atmosphere - including an old fashioned bar, roaring log fire, plenty of comfy sofas and a warm welcome. The hotel's 15 luxury en suite bedrooms feature simple stylish decor. Delicious food served all day includes local delicacies and traditional dishes.


The Falconade
Postcode:  SA48 7RX

Superbly located on the outskirts of the historic university town Lampeter, the Falcondale country house hotel offers sumptuous accommodation for holidays and short breaks. Lunches and dinners (non-residents welcome) are a delight in the hotel's AA 2 Rosette restaurant (awarded for 5 consecutive years!) - not least because chef Mike Green and his team champion local producers.

The Metropole Hotel
Llandrindod Wells
Postcode:  LD1 5DY

A longstanding favourite, this 4 star Victorian spa town hotel dates from 1896. A mix of traditional and modern, recently upgraded bedrooms compliment a new hotel spa and treatment centre (also open to non-residents).

Enjoy fine dining and delicious Sunday lunch in the hotel's AA Rosette restaurant or informal meals in the Spencer's Brasserie.


The New White Lion
Postcode:  SA20 0BZ

Refresh and re-invigorate yourself in this extremely comfortable, 5 star Grade II listed boutique hotel accommodation in historic Llandovery. Each of the six bedrooms is influenced by local Welsh characters and folklore legends and features individual styling with tasteful furnishings, antiques, objects and crafts. Home cooked breakfasts and pre-booked meals or picnics for resident guests only.


The Welsh Quilt Centre
Postcode:  SA48 7BB

The Centre houses a quilt exhibition, gallery shop, courses and Cafe-Deli in Lampeter's Town Hall.  It is the venue to see, enjoy and participate in Wales' rich quilt making heritage.


The Yurt Farm
Penuwch, near Aberystwyth
Postcode: SY25 6RE

Thea and Laurie invite you for an eco-friendly break in a quiet hay meadow on their family's organic farm. The simple luxury of their yurts is unforgettable, with wood burning stoves, handcrafted furniture, organic bedding and solar showers. Explore the farm, collect eggs and feed the cows. Enjoy delicious meat and vegetables around the campfire.


Ty Mawr Mansion
Postcode:  SA48 8BD

This 5 star award-winning restaurant with rooms includes nine individually styled suites and luxury en-suite bedrooms plus an intimate restaurant. (AA 2 Rosettes). Over 90% of seasonal produce is sourced within a ten-mile radius of the hotel, much of it organic. For a special treat, enjoy dinner followed by a movie evening in the hotel's 27 seat cinema!


Tynrhelyg Cottages
Postcode:SY24 5DJ

Stay in rural style and comfort and meet one of our hard-working farmers in the Cambrian Mountains Lamb group. Choice of two peaceful, 5 star self catering cottages (each sleeps 6) created from traditional stone outbuildings. An excellent base for hill or mountain walking; also near to vast sand dunes and beaches at Borth and Ynyslas, Cardigan Bay.


Postcode: SY23 2LN

Fabulous, award-winning Spanish-Welsh deli-restaurant featuring fine range of artisan produce and one of the best selections of local Welsh cheeses anywhere. Also serving moreish tapas, delicious lunches in the popular tapas bar area with its informal atmosphere, together with a great selection of wines and beers. Bookings advised for the evening!


Y Ffarmers
Llanfihangel y Creuddyn
Postcode:  SY23 4LA

Set in a pretty village near Aberystwyth, Y Ffarmers has a well deserved reputation for quality food and friendly service. A great place for a drink, lunch or dinner, this cosy pub serves well-kept beer as well as local, seasonal produce. Daily menus vary according to what's available and what chef Rhodri Edwards fancies cooking!


Y Talbot
Postcode:  SY25 6JL

This 400 year old drovers inn features luxury accommodation with ancient  beams, slate floors and cosy inglenook fireplaces in the very heart of the Cambrian Mountains. Passionate about local food, ales and ciders, the team at Y Talbot delights guests with both contemporary and traditional Welsh menus in the restaurant or characterful bar.


Ynyshir Hall
Eglwysfach, near Machynlleth
Postcode:  SY20 8TA

A haven of tranquility, the hotel's nine bedrooms offer understated elegance and fabulous decor (including owner Rob Reen's stunning paintings). Award winning cuisine (AA 3 Rosettes) offers a wealth of superb, fresh (and wild) local ingredients whether for dinner in the evening or over a simple snack in the bar at lunchtime. An idyllic retreat with superb gardens.



Vale of Rheidol Railway
Park Avenue, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 1PG
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