Rheidol Power Station & Rheidol Visitor Centre

LOCATION

ABERYSTWYTH, CEREDIGION

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Our View

Located within and above the scenic valley of the river Rheidol near Aberystwyth, the hydropower plant covers a total area of 162 square kilometres, and is made up of an interconnected group of reservoirs, dams and pipelines that provide electricity for the surrounding areas. The Visitor Centre allows you to learn about energy generation through films and interactive displays. Pre-booked tours of Rheidol Power Station are available, and booking is possible on the website. Please note that all over-18s must provide photo ID, and it is advised that the tour is not suitable for children under 4 years of age.

Rheidol Power Station & Rheidol Visitor Centre
Cwm Rheidol, ABERYSTWYTH, SY23 3NF
Phone : 01970 880667

Features

Facilities
  • Parking onsite
  • Cafe
Accessibility
  • No access to downstairs area of tour
  • Facilities: Info board for those unable to go downstairs
  • Accessible toilets
Opening Times
  • Opening Times: Open Easter weekend & May-Sep 10-4.30. Tours of power station must be pre-booked which can be done through the Statkraft website

About The area

Discover Ceredigion

The name ‘Ceredigion’ takes a bit of explanation. The town of Cardigan gives its name to the surrounding bay, but the county now uses the Welsh word for Cardiganshire – Ceredigion, pronounced with a ‘dig’. Cardigan Bay itself is a large inlet of the Irish Sea and stretches from Bardsey Island to Strumble Head. With many beaches and a unique marine life, it’s the place to come to spot bottlenose dolphins, porpoises and Atlantic grey seals. The area is a Special Area of Conservation (SAC), designated under European law to protect its species and habitats. The Ceredigion coastal path is also a major attraction.

Much of the surrounding land is fertile farmland, dotted with towns and seaside resorts such as Fishguard, New Quay, Aberaeron, Aberystwyth, Borth, Aberdyfi, Barmouth and Porthmadog. It’s also a section of coast that major rivers flow into, including the Afon Glaslyn, Teifi, Rheidol, Dyfi, Aeron, Dysynni and Mawddach. Historically, the area supported a strong maritime industry. Cardigan was a major hub, once having more than 300 ships registered in its port, seven times as many as Cardiff. Due to being something of a backwater, in many ways this area remains charmingly unspoilt. The nearby heather-clad Preseli Hills are an additional delight.

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