What’s Open, What’s Not

Updated Thursday 20th August 2020.

We are seeing a gradual re-opening of tourist destinations and hospitality businesses across Mid Wales. This is a short list of what we know to be open, and what is still closed at the moment. Please tell us of any changes, and please call ahead or check social media before travelling, because opening times may change at short notice.

Please remember that here in Wales the 2m social distancing rule remains in force and we ask you pay extra special attention to respecting others when out enjoying these activities, including in the car park areas where it is so easy to forget!

To find out more about the rules in Wales:  https://gov.wales/coronavirus-regulations-guidance

Vale of Rheidol Railway

The Vale of Rheidol Railway will not be reopening this summer. It should be re-opening in 2021.


The Elan Valley

The valley is open for visitors, and parts of the visitor centre have reopened:

  • The Visitor Centre cafe is now open for indoor seated table service.
  • The playground has re-opened.
  • There is a new Grab and Go section in the gift shop with snacks and drinks. 
  • The main toilets remain closed, but Temporary toilets are available at the Visitor Centre and at Claerwen Dam and Craig Goch Dam.
  • There is a a catering trailer ‘Y Gegin’ at the visitor centre, currently cash only.
  • Bike hire available for advanced bookings only. Call 01597 810 880.

The car parks are now all open, but you must book your car parking ticket here: https://eola.co/w/939/activities/car-park-charge You will need to print out your receipt and display in your vehicle: we can print our guests’ tickets at the farmhouse.

The dam open day dates have been changed, for more information see our post.


Penbont House Tearooms

The tearooms have reopened, with all seating outdoors on the picnic benches, but under a gazebo. The menu is limited, and afternoon teas are pre-ordered and takeaway only.


Great Oak Cafe

Great vegetarian cooking! Open 10am to 2pm, outside seating at rear.

Facebook page.

Aisha’s Cafe and Restaurant

A new restaurant in Llanidloes, serving Moroccan cuisine and tapas. Lunch time 10am to 4pm Tuesday – Saturday and evening opening Thursday / Friday Saturday. Order for takeaway or outside seating.

Facebook page.

Powis Castle

The castle, garden, courtyard and cafes at Powis Castle are now open daily. The Clive museum remains closed. You will need to book your visit in advance. Check What’s On for the latest information and to book. You may be turned away if you arrive without a booking. We can help our guests with printing their ticket.


Hafren Forest

The car park, trails, picnic area and toilets have reopened.


Hafod Estate

The car park and the walks are now open again.


Gilfach Nature Reserve

Open but with the following restrictions:

  • The Byre and the toilets are closed.
  • The bird hide is closed.


Bwlch Nant Yr Arian

Currently open:

  • car park
  • walking trails
  • running trails
  • mountain bike trails and skills park
  • horse riding trail and corral
  • orienteering trails
  • picnic area
  • play area
  • bike wash

Still closed:

  • visitor centre building and external decking area
  • café (but there is a limited takeaway service 11am-4pm)
  • toilets (temporary toilets are available in the meantime)
  • bird hides
  • red kite feeding at 3pm (they will not be feeding the red kites at a specific time each day to help prevent large crowds of visitors)


Centre for Alternative Technology

Now open for pre-booked visits.