National Park, Wildlife and Nature Visitor Centres in Wales
Published: Monday 9th Jun 2014
Written by: The Wales Cottage Holidays Team
A selection of Visitor Centres in Wales that provide information and interpretation of some of our major attractions we have to offer our visitors - the National Parks, wildlife and nature.
Hafod Eryri is the Visitor Centre on the summit of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) which at 3,560 ft makes it the highest mountain in Wales. It has a unique structure built of granite with a wall of glass making up the front of the centre which acts as the terminus of the Snowdon Mountain Railway and provides an interpretation of the mountain, its history and ways to enjoy it. Depending on the weather on the mountain, Hafod Eryri opens as soon as access by train is possible in the spring and usually closes at the end of October. Snowdonia (Eryri) was designated a National Park in 1951and is the third most visited National Park in England and Wales with over 6 million visitors every year.
The Brecon Beacons National Park Visitor Centre is signposted off the A470 close to the village of Libanus which is 6 miles south of Brecon; it overlooks the central part of the Beacons including Pen-y-Fan and Corn Du. Open throughout the year, the Visitor Centre has staff to provide information and various events, exhibitions and displays are held throughout the year both inside and outside.
Managed by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, a nature conservation charity, the National Wetland Centre is open daily and lies just to the east of Llanelli off the A484 and B4304 to Swansea on the northern shore of the Burry Inlet facing the Gower peninsula. The Reserve covers 450 acres and includes saltmarsh, freshwater lagoons and wetlands. This range of habitats makes the area home for many different plants and animals with year-round members of the centre’s world wildfowl collection to up to 50,000 seasonal flocks of wild birds. The Visitor Centre houses the interactive Millennium Discovery Centre, a gift shop and a cafe with panoramic views and the Centre also has several children’s play areas.
On the banks of the River Teifi, The Welsh Wildlife Centre is at Cilgerran to the south-east of Cardigan within the Teifi Marshes Nature Reserve. The stunning building has panoramic views and is constructed largely of wood and glass. It contains an informative interactive indoor display of local natural and social history and interactive screens with live camera feed from the Nature Reserve; the car park, bird hides and Reserve are open all the time.
The Dyfi National Nature Reserve at Borth is an extensive reserve located midway between Aberystwyth and Machynlleth on the seaward side of the A487. It includes part of the Dyfi Estuary, Ynyslas dunes and Cors Fochno (Borth bog) and adjoins the RSPB reserve at Ynys-hir. The Dyfi Estuary includes a range of habitats, with river channels and creeks, large areas of mudflats, sandbanks and saltmarsh. The dunes and beach at Ynyslas are open access and a Visitor Centre is open daily from Easter until the end of September.