museums and attractions

Attractions in Wales

Wales was once home to a huge range of industrial activities – coal mining, iron working, slate quarries and the products were moved by railway or canal. It's all here – scenic narrow gauge railways, including the newly-opened Welsh Highland Railway, the National Slate Museum, Big Pit Mining Museum, Blaenavon Ironworks plus lots more. The scenery is great too!

The Steam Heritage Guide includes contact details, opening times and description of preservation and heritage attractions across Wales.

 

Ceredigion Museum

Coliseum, Terrace Road, Aberystwyth, Cardiganshire/Ceredigion, SY23 2AQ.

  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

The museum is housed in a beautifully preserved Edwardian theatre and is home to a wide variety of well-presented displays which cover all sorts of topics…

Other Sites of Interest / Country Life

Llanelli & Mynydd Mawr Railway

Cynheidre, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire/Sir Gaerfyrddin, SA15 5YF.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments

The railway opened in 2017 and now runs on selected dates during the year, with two diesel locomotives and rolling stock. The line is currently around…

Railways / Heritage Railways

Borth Station Museum

Cambrian Terrace, Borth, Cardiganshire/Ceredigion, SY24 5HT.

  • Part disabled access

The museum is a fascinating community heritage centre, where you can wallow in nostalgia from the heyday of the railways and those happy holidays by the…

Railways / Railway Museum

Llywernog Mining Museum

The Silver Mountain Experience, llywernog, Ponterwyd, Aberystwyth, Cardiganshire/Ceredigion, SY23 3AB.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

The museum is full of interesting artefacts and information all about the history of the silver-lead mine, and the mining in Wales.

Other Sites of Interest / Mines

Bridgend Miniature Railway

Fountain Road (opposite the Nature Reserve), Aberkenfig, Bridgend, Bridgend, CF32 0EH.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Part disabled access

Miniature railway of various gauges is located in over four acres of woodland adjacent to the Parc Slip Nature Reserve.

Railways / Miniature Railways

Swansea Museum

Victoria Road, Swansea, Swansea, SA1 1SN.

  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

You are able to visit the museum at four locations – the Museum itself on Oystermouth Road, the Museum Stores in Landore and the floating exhibits in…

Other Sites of Interest / Museums & Steam Centres

Swansea Bus Museum

Unit 2, Viking Way, Winch Wen Industrial Estate, Swansea, Swansea, SA1 7DA.

  • Part disabled access

The collection consists primarily of vehicles from South Wales Transport (SWT) and First Cymru, together with two fine examples of London Transport Routemasters.…

Transport / Road

Robert Owen Museum

The Cross, Broad Street, Newtown, Powys, SY16 2BB.

  • Part disabled access

Houses a collection of objects, pictures and written material relating to the life of Robert Owen. In his late twenties, Owen became a partner and manager…

Other Sites of Interest / Industrial

The Old Station, Tintern

The Old Station, Tintern, Monmouthshire/Sir Fynwy, NP16 7NX.
Tel: 01291 689 566.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

Set in 10 acres of riverside meadow with stunning views. The old Victorian waiting room is home to a multi-award winning tearoom. There are three railway…

Railways / Railway Museum

Rhiw Valley Light Railway

Lower House Farm, Manafon, Nr Welshpool, Powys, SY21 8BJ.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments

The railway is built to 15in. gauge and runs for approximately ¾ mile around Lower House Farm alongside the River Rhiw. Founded in 1970 by Jack Woodroffe,…

Railways / Heritage Railways

Carew Cheriton Control Tower

Carew Airfield, Carew, Pembrokeshire/Sir Benfro, SA70 8SX.

  • Parking

Take a trip back in time and visit our unique restored WWII control tower, discover what it was like hiding in an air raid shelter in a bombing raid and…

Transport / Aircraft

Copper Kingdom Centre

The Copper Kingdom Centre, Amlwch Port, Anglesey/Sir Fon, LL68 9HE.

  • Parking
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

Award winning heritage centre based in Amlwch Port, and houses a number of interactive displays which help describe the history of copper mining in the…

Other Sites of Interest / Mines

Sail Loft

The Copper Kingdom Centre, Amlwch Port, Anglesey/Sir Fon, LL68 9HE.

  • Refreshments
  • Part disabled access

The museum contains a range of displays and artefacts associated with the maritime history of Amlwch Port. It has an unusual sloping floor which it is…

Transport / Maritime

Swansea Museum Collections Centre

Liberty Stadium (opposite), Cross Valley Link Road, Landore, Swansea, SA1 2JT.

  • Parking
  • Part disabled access

Collection is housed on the former Hafod/Morfa Copper Works site in Landore in a building which dates back to about 1830. In the mid-19th century this…

Transport / Road

Aber Valley Heritage Museum

Gwern Avenue, Senghenydd, Caerphilly, Cardiff, CF83 4HA.

  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

The Universal Colliery in Senghenydd was the scene of the largest mining disaster in British history, when in 1913, 440 men and boys (including one rescue…

Other Sites of Interest / Mines

Llangollen Wharf

Wharf Hill, Llangollen, Denbighshire/Sir Ddinbych, LL20 8TA.

  • Refreshments
  • Part disabled access

Horse-drawn boats trips available on the picturesque Llangollen Canal from Llangollen Wharf.

Other Sites of Interest / Inland Waterways

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

Llangollen Canal, Trevor, Denbighshire/Sir Ddinbych, LL20 7YG.

Built by Thomas Telford and William Jessop, it is 307m (1,007ft) long, 3-4m (11ft) wide and 1.6m (5.25ft) deep. It is a navigable aqueduct that carries…

Open Access

Chirk Aqueduct

Off Castle Road, Chirk, Wrexham, LL14 5BS.

21m (70ft) high and 220m (710ft) long aqueduct that carries the Llangollen Canal across the Ceiriog Valley and which marks the border between Wales and…

Other Sites of Interest / Inland Waterways / Open Access

Newport Transporter Bridge

Stephenson Street, Newport, Monmouthshire/Sir Fynwy, NP20 2JG.

  • Parking
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

The bridge is one of only six operational transporter bridges left world wide from a total of twenty constructed. It opened in 1906 and has dominated the…

Transport / Road

Parc Tondu Victorian Ironworks

The Engine House, Parc Tondu, Maesteg Road, Tondu, Bridgend, CF32 9TF.

  • Parking
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

The best preserved Victorian Ironworks in Wales. Now developed into a heritage park for those wishing to learn more about the importance of the iron making…

Other Sites of Interest / Industrial

Dylife Lead Mines

Off B4518, Machynlleth, Dylife, Powys, .

A large complex with a spectacular waterwheel installed called Rhod Goch or Red Wheel, it had a diameter of 63ft and a width of 31/2ft it was one of the…

Open Access

Pont y Cafnau

Cyfarthfa, Merthyr Tydfil, Merthyr Tydfil, .

Located just below the confluence of the Afon Taf Fawr and the Afon Taf Fechan rivers, it is now used as a public footpath. This cast iron aqueduct (1793),…

Open Access

Melingriffith Water Pump

Ty Mawr Road, Whitchurch, Cardiff, Cardiff, CF14 2BH.

A ‘water lift engine’, the only one left in the world. Installed in the 1790s to a design by Jessop & Rennie, it lifted water from the tailrace exiting…

Open Access

Cyfarthfa Iron & Steelworks

Off Swansea Road, Merthyr Tydfil, Merthyr Tydfil, .

The impressive remains that can still be seen are of the six massive blast furnaces. A large brick arch, which is still standing, was built to bridge the…

Open Access

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