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The Cambrian Mountains and the coastal resorts of Cardigan Bay are highlights of mid-Wales.

Aberystwyth

A university town midway round Cardigan Bay, and a resort. It is the base for tours to Devil's Bridge Waterfalls, one of Britain's most notable beauty spots, linked to the town by the Vale of Rheidol steam railway. There are two other railways close by; the Tal-y-Llyn Railway, which runs for about 10km or 16 miles from Abergynolwyn through beautiful countryside to Tywyn; and the Fairbourne Railway connecting Fairbourne with the Barmouth Ferry. Aberystwyth has Britain's longest electric cliff railway, and the Ceredigion Local History Museum.

Machynlleth

Celtica is a major attraction here, focusing on Wales' Celtic heritage, while boat trips and spectacular showcaves feature at King Arthur's Labyrinth. The town also is home to the Centre for Alternative Technology, which highlights environmental issues and sustainable energy use; Senedd-Dy Owain Glyndwr (the 15th-century Welsh parliament building) and the Y Tabernael gallery of modern art.

Welshpool

To the east, near the English border, this is an attractive town with Georgian buildings and the Welshpool and Llanfair narrow-gauge railway. The Andrew Logan Museum of Sculpture is popular, as are boat trips on the Montgomery Canal. South of the town is the Powis Castle, built in the 13th century and modernised 300 years later.

Elsewhere

Cardigan, at the southern end of Cardigan Bay (Bae Ceredigion) is a nice market town, and an ideal starting point for exploring western parts of Mid-Wales. Along the bay there are small resort towns and villages, rocky coves and beaches.

Barmouth was once the most popular resorts in the British Isles, frequented by such luminaries as Darwin and Tennyson. There are good beaches, in the town and near Dyffryn Ardudwy to the north.

Inland towns of interest include Builth Wells, an important cattle-trading town; Strata Florida Abbey; Lampeter and Tregaron on the River Teifi, and Llandrindod Wells, Wales' famed spa resort in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

On the northern tip of Cardigan Bay is Harlech, is famous for both its castle which overlooks the peaks of Snowdonia, and for the song, 'Men of Harlech', referring to the 15th-century defence of the castle. South of Harlech is Llanbedr, a popular yachting area.