Elan Valley

In a nutshell

Beautiful spot in the Cambrian Mountains of mid Wales - ideal for walking, stargazing, cycling and wildlife watching. Visitor centre, play area and events.


Rhayader, Powys, LD6 5HP

Contact details

Tel: 01597 810880

Activity type

Active and Sport, Animals, Gardens and Open Spaces, Historical Sites, Indoor Activities, Outdoor Activities, Trips and Transport

Suitable for

Ages 5 - 12, All ages, Schools and Groups, Teenagers, Under 5s

Price guide

Free entry

(charges may apply for car parking and special activities)

Elan Valley details...

Blow away the cobwebs on a family day out exploring the glorious Elan Valley near Rhayader in mid Wales. Covering 70 square miles in the Cambrian Mountains, the estate includes a visitor centre with exhibition and play area, reservoirs, dams, woodland, moorland and bog. Walk, cycle or watch wildlife – families will find plenty of things to do.

In addition, the Elan Valley Estate has been designated an International Dark Sky Park, meaning that the 45,000 acres of this beautiful valley are protected against light pollution. It’s a great place to go for stargazing – just visit Elan Valley’s website to get started.

Elan Valley Events

Dam Open Days 2022 at Elan Valley

Open 12th April 2022 - 30th August 2022

Help raise money for charity WaterAid by taking the family to go inside Pen y Garreg Dam in mid Wales on selected dates from 12th April to 30th August.

Adventure Activity Sessions at Elan Valley

Open 29th May 2022 - 3rd June 2022

Have a go at archery, kayaking or high ropes at Elan Valley in mid Wales this May half term. Book your places in advance. Age/height restrictions apply.

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