Large Holiday Cottage, Sleeps 10, Self Catering, Aberystwyth, West Wales
Large, Holiday Cottage, Aberystwyth, West Wales
 

Area

A holiday to Bryn Bach will give you the opportunity to get out and about and explore the Ceredigion’s landscape, wildlife and culture, or relax and take it easy, watching the red kites circle overhead from the decking.

There is plenty to do for all ages - Bryn Bach offers a great destination for walking, cycling, fishing, horse riding and wildlife spotting. 

To help you plan your holiday, we have included some information on what the area has to offer.

Devils Bridge Falls is a world famous tourist attraction.  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.

Vale of Rheidol Railway is one of the great little trains of Wales.  It runs between Aberystwyth and Devil’s Bridge.  If you want to combine walking and steam trains, we have a book of walks available that can be combined with the train 

Strata Florida The site of the 12th century Cistercian Abbey, Strata Florida is situated in the hills above the Ceredigion town of Tregaron and has been shaped by both human and natural influences.

Cors Caron At just over two thousand acres, Cors Caron fills the valley of the upper Teifi river between Tregaron and Pontrhydfendigaid. It’s hard to miss this magnificent reserve in this part of Wales. The reserve boasts three raised bogs - areas of deep peat that have built up over the last 12000 years – and these in turn are surrounded by a complex and unique mix of habitats. Of course, all of this makes the reserve a fantastic place for wildlife.  There are board walks and bird hides to help you explore the bog and look for wildlife.

Cambrian Safaris Cambrian Safaris provides excursions into the Cambrian Mountains in a Land Rover Discovery. Come and enjoy fantastic views and scenery, local history and wildlife.

Aberaeron Aberaeron is picture postcard pretty with its colourful Georgian style houses and graceful architecture. Built in the early 1800s, Aberaeron is one of Wales's first ‘planned’ towns, and the brainchild of the Rev Alban Jones-Gwynne.  Worth a visit alone for the honey ice cream from Hive on the Quay

National Trust Llanerchaeron 18th-century Welsh gentry estate - with house, walled gardens and home farm.  This rare example of a self-sufficient 18th-century Welsh minor gentry estate 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.

New Quay Worth a visit if heading south down the coast.  Pick up a leaflet from the tourist information centre for the Dylan Thomas Trail, or go out on a fishing or dolphin spotting trip.

Red Kite Feeding at Nant yr Arian Forestry Centre

Red kites are fed daily on site. 3pm BST, 2pm in the winter.  The kites are fed on the lake-side against a beautiful back drop of forest.  There is a visitor centre, café and playground, along with walks of various lengths.

The Silver Mountain Experience A family attraction with actor led shows in one of Wales’ scariest underground experiences. Above ground a 7 acre fantasy realm with water play, caters for younger children, whilst the Miners Trail & exhibition offers a glimpse of the past.

The Magic of Life Butterfly House The Magic of Life Butterfly House is an all-weather butterfly zoo visitor attraction near Aberystwyth. Visitors can walk among free-flying butterflies in a luxuriant tropical environment.

Fantasy Farm Park Fantasy Farm Park is situated in the heart of the beautiful Mid-Wales countryside. It opened to the public in 1998, and since then tens of thousands of visitors have delighted at not only the farm experience but the fun packed day in such a scenic setting.  Outdoor : *Nature walk & Picnic Area *Bumper Boats & Pedal Boats *Tractor & Trailer Rides *Roller Races & Model Farm - Pedal Tractors & Trailers *Wooden Adventure Play Area & Animals *Excavator Sand Pit & Sand Pit *Go Carts & Crazy Golf  Indoor : *Farmers Barn & Animals *Pirate Theme Soft Play Area 

Constitution Hill & Cliff Railway 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 1000 square miles of land and seascape.  Aside from these two technological masterpieces there are fascinating historical displays, a play area, a well-stocked gift shop, and a cafe selling delicious home-made snacks. 

Rhiannon - Welsh Gold Centre Our museum of Celtic Art was established as part of the company’s 40th anniversary celebrations.  Made up of Rhiannon’s personal collection of Celtic antiquities, it seeks to trace the evolution of visual art in the Celtic tradition up to the modern day, presenting the artefacts in an artistic context. Our crafts are all made as locally as possible, and we do not not stock mass produced or imported goods. We strive to have the best selection of high quality crafts in Wales, from souvenirs to future heirlooms.  Our Art Gallery, located in the stunning atrium, aims to showcase the talent of Welsh artists, both local and of international repute. After so much to see, you’ll welcome the chance to sit down and relax. Café Hafan offers a wide range of teas, fresh ground coffee and home baked cakes – including Welsh cakes, of course – for your perfect morning coffee, elevenses or high-tea. For lunch, amongst a few café 'classics', you'll also have the tantalising choice of the soup of the day, the weekly special or their famous traditional Cawl of international repute!

National Trust Dolaucothi Gold Mines Gold mines in use from Roman times to the 20th century. These unique gold mines are set amid wooded hillsides overlooking the beautiful Cothi Valley.

Cenarth Falls & Coracle Museum A Museum and Workshop of Coracles from around the world set in the grounds of a 17th Century Flour Mill beside the beautiful Cenarth falls famed for its Salmon Leaps and 200 year old Bridge over the Teifi River. The Museum, apart from its fine collection of coracles covers the history of coracles and the techniques and tools for building them. Also a section on the implements and methods used for the equally ancient art of poaching.  The museum also incorporates a work-shop to show the ancient craft of coracle making. Young children can also sit in a coracle and watch a video of how they are made. 

Ceredigion Taste Trail Take the trail and taste the difference. Enjoy the fine foods of Ceredigion, a region good enough to eat! The green hills, sparkling rivers, sandy shores and clean fresh air are guaranteed to produce a healthy appetite. Follow our trail through glorious countryside or along our breathtaking coastline, taking time to meet the producers as you savour some of the most natural produce from Cardigan Bay. Whatever your taste in food and drink, there is sure to be something to satisfy your taste buds!

Centre for Alternative Technology With over 7 acres of hands-on displays and gardens and with over 35 years of experience in sustainability practice, the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) inspires thousands of visitors every year. Based in beautiful Mid Wales, the Centre overlooks the Snowdonia National Park, renowned for its stunning scenery and outdoor activities. Join us with your family, friends or come alone and explore what you can do!

Beaches

Mwnt & Penbryn Beaches (National Trust) Tresaith, Llangrannog, Ynyslas etc 

Active Outdoors:

Rheidol Riding Centre 

BHS approved Training and Examination Centre. Full-size floodlit indoor and outdoor riding arenas, showjumping & cross-country, hacking 

Llain Activity Centre

Multi activity days during school holidays plus outdoor activities for families and groups 

Llandysul Paddlers 

Outdoor education centre in Llandysul, offering water based and outdoor activities, including canoeing, kayaking, coasteering etc.  They also offer canoeing and kayaking courses.

Aber Adventures 

Surfing lessons & kayak & surf board hire 

Colossal Activities

Group activities including paint balling, kayaking, mountain biking.

Fishing

Discover Ceredigion information on fishing in the area. Teifi Pools near Ffair Rhos.

Museums & Exhibitions: 

Ceredigion Museum

Housed in the fine old Coliseum Theatre, the Ceredigion Museum showcases the history of Aberystwyth and the county of Ceredigion.  Exhibitions and displays chronicle life in the county from prehistoric times to today. There is a wide variety of well-presented displays which cover all sorts of topics including home and work life, agriculture and seafaring.

Aberystwyth Arts Centre 

A cinema, exhibitions and shows, with a nice café with a great view over Aberystwyth. 

National Library of Wales

The Library offers a wide range of exhibitions. These include exhibitions on Welsh history, art and also of rare books and manuscripts. They are constantly changed throughout the year and are free to the public. 

The National Wool Museum

Wool was historically the most important and widespread of Wales's industries.  The picturesque village of Dre-fach Felindre in the beautiful Teifi valley was once the centre of a thriving woollen industry, earning the nickname 'The Huddersfield of Wales'.  Located in the historic former Cambrian Mills, the National Wool Museum is a special place with a spellbinding story to tell. Re-opened in 2004 following major re-development, this flagship museum is a new and exciting place to visit with something for everyone to enjoy.

Welsh Quilt Centre

Here you can enjoy stunning exhibitions of Welsh Quilts in the gallery, attend quilt-related courses or just browse the intriguing Welsh Quilt Centre Gallery Shop in Lampeter. 

Internal Fire Museum of Power

The Internal Fire Museum is a small museum dedicated to the history of the internal combustion engine in industry over the last 100 years.  The collection covers early oil engines through to gas turbines but with the emphasis on diesel power from the 1920s to the 1960s.  Exhibits are displayed in as near to the original working environment as possible so that vistors can see, smell and hear what these engines did.  The museum runs engines 7 days a week during the summer months and by arrangement in the winter period.

West Wales Museum of Childhood 

Take a stroll down Memory Lane, see the twentieth century unfold and re-live your childhood. See the display of dolls of many ages, discover the Teddy Bears Picnic, speculate on the many different dolls houses.  Follow I with a snack in the tea-room, or an ice cream, or just enjoy the fresh air and the views, all set in 12 acres of beautiful Carmarthenshire countryside.

Gardens and Plants: 

Sculpture Haven

Visit the workshop to see how the sculptures are made. Stroll round 2 acres of beautiful gardens ,find something unique in the gallery and then treat yourself to tea and a selection of Rose's yummy homemade cakes in the tearoom.  Open Tuesdays to Thursdays and all Bank Holiday weekends from 11.00 til 5.00 from April til end October.  Entry and Parking free.  Dogs welcome

Cae Hir Gardens

A Welsh garden with a Dutch history', Cae Hir is the extraordinary creation of Dutchman Wil Akkermans, whose family history in Dutch horticulture stretches back over 200 years. Covering 6 acres of Welsh hillside, this RHS Partner Garden unites a meandering stream and water garden, species rose garden, bonsai collection, local slate stonework and innovative formal features into one informal and unpredictable whole. 

Farmyard Nurseries

Famous for their hellebores, but they also have a good selection of other plants and a nice garden.

Gwynfor Growers

A plant nursery with an interesting selection of plants for sale. Open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

News & What's On

 

 

Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival
7 July 2019
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Aberystwyth Street Food Festival
19 to 21 July 2019
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Aberaeron Welsh Cob Festival
11 Aug 2019
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Testimonials

"Lovely spacious home with beautiful views. Brilliantly equipped for families with children.."

- Sept 2018

How to get in touch

info@brynbachcottage.co.uk | 07969 788576

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