5 FREE museums within a mile of a station along the Cambrian Line

  • Thursday May 12th, 2022
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In honour of #InternationalMuseumDay we have compiled a list of 5 FREE museums along the Cambrian Line all within a mile of their nearest station. We hope to inspire you to #GiveTheTrainATry and travel sustainably to discover new places.

Ceredigion Museum

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Location: Aberystwyth

Distance: 0.2 miles from Aberystwyth Railway Station

Opening: Thursday Friday and Saturday 11am to 4pm


Situated in the heart of Aberystwyth, close to the seafront, the museum is home to both permanent and temporary displays that explore Ceredigion’s heritage, culture and art. The museum is open to everyone; young, old and everyone in between.


Narrow Gauge Railway Museum

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Location: Tywyn Wharf Station, Talyllyn Railway

Distance: 0.3 miles from Tywyn Railway Station

Opening: Days that public trains are running


Located at Tywyn Wharf station, the Narrow Gauge Railway Museum is an important collection of artefacts relating to Narrow Gauge Railways in the British Isles, throughout a period spanning some 200 years. The Museum displays contain a special section devoted to the Reverend W. V. Awdry creator of “Thomas the Tank Engine”.


Owain Glyndwr Centre

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Location: Machynlleth

Distance: 0.5 miles from Machynlleth Railway Station

Opening: 10:30am to 3:30pm Wednesday, Friday and Saturday


Owain Glyndwr’s Parliament House is one of Wales’s most important historic buildings. It is here where Owain Glyndwr called together a parliament in 1404 and was crowned Prince of Wales. The house now exhibits the history of Glyndwr’s life and his Parliament.


Powysland Museum

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Location: Welshpool

Distance: 0.3 miles from Welshpool Railway Station

Opening: Monday, Tuesday and Friday 9:30am to 5pm, Wednesday and Saturday 9:30am to 1pm


Housed in a restored historic warehouse beside the Montgomery Canal, the museum depicts the archaeology and social history of Welshpool and Montgomeryshire. Discover how life in mid-Wales has changed with exhibits on trades, pubs, railway, Laura Ashley and the wars. Take a chronological tour of local archaeology finds from the prehistoric, the ancient Romans to the Medieval period.


Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery

Shrewsbury Museum

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Location: Shrewsbury

Distance: 0.8 miles from Shrewsbury Railway Station

Opening: April to September 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday, 11am to 4pm Sunday. October to March 10am to 4pm Tuesday to Sunday.


Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery is located in the town square and is the county’s flagship museum and art gallery. There are five permanent galleries exhibiting Shrewsbury and Shropshire’s history: Roman, Medieval, Tudor, Stuart and Shropshire Gallery and two galleries for temporary exhibitions.