Top Autumn and Winter Experiences in Mid-Wales

Helping you make the most of your autumn and winter adventures...

With chilly weather setting in, you might think it’s time to hibernate!

Yet, exploring mid-Wales in the cooler seasons brings a special experience that you just don’t get at other times of the year.

From cosy fireside pubs to stunning snow-capped mountains, you will get a truly unique and magical experience.

Here are our top picks for autumn and winter experiences in mid-Wales.

All of these options are possible as day-trips if staying with us here at Sarnfaen – and we would highly recommend factoring in a hearty lunch in a cosy Welsh pub to keep yourself fuelled during your adventure!

Check out our previous blog post here – for our top places to eat and drink.



Wales is famous for its castles, and visiting in the autumn or winter adds a unique atmosphere to these historic buildings.

Explore Harlech Castle, situated on a rocky outcrop overlooking the town and with magnificent views of the surrounding countryside, sand dunes and the blue sea of Cardigan Bay.

Other historic places include Criccieth Castle and the spectacular Conwy Castle.

With their imposing stature and rich history, castles are a must-see for anyone visiting mid-Wales.


Tour the Towns and Villages

One of the best things to see in mid-Wales are the historic towns and villages.

Portmeirion is a beautiful village that looks like it belongs in a fairy-tale storybook.

It was created between 1925 and 1975 by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, in the style of an Italian village, and has also been a filming location for TV programmes and films.

If you’re looking for a shopping experience that’s a little different, head to the town of Machynlleth.

This is home to a variety of antique shops, alternative lifestyle stores, and galleries filled with the works of regional artists. Visit on a Wednesday and enjoy the bustling market.


Snowdonia National Park

If you’re looking for a winter wonderland, look no further than Snowdonia National Park.

This park is home to Mt. Snowdon, the tallest mountain in Wales and England, as well as many other beautiful mountains and valleys.

There are also plenty of activities to keep you busy, subject to the weather conditions, such as ziplining, hiking and climbing.


Lake Vyrnwy

Lake Vrynwy is a reservoir built in the 1880s, which flooded the village of Llanwddyn as the head of the Vyrnwy valley was submerged.

It is situated in Powys, just on the edge of Snowdonia National Park.

Here you can enjoy a leisurely walk, or cycle, around the lake’s shore, which covers 11 miles of level ground.

Discover its secret coves, stunning scenery, wonderful picnic spots, and RSPB hides.


Devil’s Bridge Falls

Devil’s Bridge Falls are in the picturesque village of Devil’s Bridge in the Cambrian Mountains, just 12 miles from Aberystwyth.

Since the 18th century, thousands of people have visited the 300-foot Mynach Waterfalls, which are hidden deep within an ancient, wooded gorge.

The total drop is 91 metres, set out in intervals, and it is a spectacular sight.

There’s also a nature trail set in a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) which may be challenging due to the steep steps.


As the temperatures begin to drop and the leaves start to turn, there’s no better place to be than in mid-Wales.

With so many great autumn and winter experiences on offer, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Whether it’s taking part in outdoor activities and festive markets, or simply enjoying the famous Welsh hospitality, there’s something for everyone.

So why not make the most of the season and enjoy everything that mid-Wales has to offer?

Enjoy an exclusive 10% discount on our rental accommodation when you book your stay online using the code ‘winter10’ – book here!

If you have managed to tick this whole list off and are looking for more inspiration, head over to our sister holiday park Madryn Castle’s blog page to see our best suggestions for day trips in North Wales. 

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