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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:

 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.

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.



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

The Dyfi Osprey Project is one of Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust's flagship projects based on our Cors Dyfi Reserve near Machynlleth on the west coast of mid Wales.



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 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.


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.


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 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.



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!


Vale of Rheidol Railway
Park Avenue, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 1PG
Registered Charity No 1076037

Bookings and Enquiries: 01970 625819

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