Ynyslas Nature Reserve and Sand DunesYnyslas has three stunning miles of golden beach stretching from Borth in the south to the sand dunes in the north. It is a perfect location for walking, picnics and windsurfing. Home to many rare plants and animals, in the summer the dunes naturally transform into a colourful carpet of wildflowers including many types of orchids.
Visitors are allowed to drive onto the sands and park near the visitor centre that has interpretation displays and toilets. A boardwalk through the dunes leads to the stunning beach.
The nearby 18 hole golf course is one of the oldest Links courses in Wales.
Borth ZooBorth has a small Zoo offering unwanted animals and exotic pets a new home. There are lots of attractions and daily activities for visitors to enjoy. Reptile shows when you may touch and stroke lizards and snakes. Feeding times for the Crocodiles, Cats, Owls and Meerkats with Bunny and Pony grooming sessions kids will love. The zoo is disabled friendly, with flat concrete paths to all exhibits, no steps and only gentle slopes.
CATCAT, or the Centre for Alternative Technology, is an education and visitor centre demonstrating practical solutions for sustainability. CAT covers all aspects of green living: environmentally friendly building, eco-sanitation, woodland management, renewable energy, energy efficiency and organic growing. The unique site is a national test bed and teaching centre for an enormous range of live examples of sustainable solutions.
Silver Mountain ExperienceWhere history, myth and legend collide in a fantastic day out for the whole family. Set against the dramatic Cambrian Mountains, The Silver Mountain Experience is not your usual day out. Experience guided tour A Miner’s Life, which takes visitors on a fascinating journey through the oldest part of our uniquely preserved Silver-Lead Mine, which dates back to the mid-1700s! Explore Welsh myth and legend in the theatrical experiences such as A Dragon’s Tale and the mysterious Black Chasm (not for the very young or faint-hearted!).
Bwlch Nat Yr Arian Forest Visitor CentreBwlch Nant y Arian is an outstanding forest recreation centre. An award winning attraction, the Visitor Centre has been completely re-developed as an ecologically friendly building with excellent restaurant facilities, a gift shop and superb views.
Nant-yr-Arian is famous for the daily Red Kite feeding, which can be seen from the Visitor Centre or from many places around the lake. A video system gives a close-up view of the birds. For the more athletic, there are a number of Waymarked Walks, one of which is suitable for disabled persons. Excellent Cycle Trails start and end at Nant-yr-Arian, with a bike washing facility at the Visitor Centre.
Borth Golf ClubSet in a spectacular location on the sweep of Cardigan Bay, Borth and Ynyslas Golf Club was established in 1885 and has a strong claim to be the oldest course in Wales. This traditional links course provides a great test of golf all year round, as one would expect of a Golf Union of Wales championship venue. After playing, golfers can sit back and relax in the spacious modern clubhouse where full bar and catering facilities are available.
Constitution Hill & Cliff RailwayConstitution Hill Cliff Railway is the longest funicular electric cliff railway in Britain, which has been transporting visitors to the summit since opening in 1896. Once at the summit visitors can experience the views afforded by the one of the world’s largest camera obscuras, which offers a bird’s eye view of 1,000 square miles of land and seascape.
National Library of WalesThe National Library of Wales houses over 4 million printed volumes, including many rare books such as the first book printed in Welsh and the first Welsh translation of the complete Bible. Its collecting policy is focused on Wales, Welsh-language and Celtic material. The Library also contains the Welsh Political Archive and National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales. Regular exhibitions and events are held throughout the year.
Vale of Rheidol Steam RailwayListen to the sound of a powerful narrow gauge steam locomotive working hard to climb 700ft (200m) in the 11¾ miles from Aberystwyth to Devil&amp;amp;#039;s Bridge. See the countryside change as you travel through wide open fields and meadows, woodland and rugged mountain scenery, the line twisting and turning as it clings to the hillside. Alight at one of the recently restored stations and explore the many walks the valley has to offer and the spectacular Devil&amp;amp;#039;s Bridge waterfalls.
Magic of Life Butterfly HouseFor a day out that provides a hands-on learning experience, for all ages, visit the Magic of Life Butterfly House. See some of the largest and most colourful butterflies in the world! Walk among them and watch them feeding, courting and laying eggs. The lush tropical conditions allow many rare and exotic plants to thrive, including Passion flowers, Bananas, Birthworts and Cannas.
Aberystwyth Castle, Park and MiniAberystwyth is the principal holiday resort and administrative centre of the west coast of Wales. It is also home to the University of Wales Aberystwyth and the National Library. The town is nestled between three hills and two beaches, and boasts castle ruins, a pier and a harbour. It is now the centre of local rural life and is visited by many to sample the numerous cafes, bars and restaurants.
Corris Craft Centre &amp;amp;amp; King Arthur’s LabyrinthKing Arthur’s Labyrinth is an underground adventure, set in an old Welsh slate mine. Deep beneath the mountains of Southern Snowdonia, in the village of Corris, King Arthurs Labyrinth is one of the most mysterious visitor attractions in Mid Wales. On this fun day out you&amp;amp;#039;ll sail, with a mysterious hooded boatman, through a magical underground waterfall – your gateway to the dark ages and a time of myth, magic, dragons, giants and King Arthur himself.
Corris RailwayBuilt originally in 1859, the Corris Railway was the first Narrow Gauge railway in Mid-Wales. Take a regular steam-hauled service (a round trip takes 50 minutes through breath taking scenery) then visit the station museum.
Dolphin WatchingBoat trips from New Quay take you out to meet the bottlenose dolphins of Cardigan Bay. With an on-board researcher and underwater microphone (hydrophone) to listen to the dolphins when you meet them, this is an unbeatable experience.
Blue Island CeramicsBlue Island is a paint-your-own pottery studio in Ynyslas. It’s great fun for kids and parents like. Create something that is uniquely yours – a holiday souvenir, a gift for someone, or simply just a couple of hours of relaxation doing something creative with family and friends. There is a large selection of ceramics to choose from, vibrant paints and all the tools you need to create your very own unique work of art – with people always on hand to help.