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10 reasons to visit The National Library of Wales this Easter

  1. The Library is home to the Gregynog Gallery – the largest art gallery in Wales - and has held exhibitions by some of Wales’ most prominent artists. Work by photographer Pete Davis is currently exhibited. A major retrospective exhibition of photographs spanning 60 years, along with  work highlighting the photographer’s lifelong fascination with particular aspects of the world around us.
  2. This Grade II listed building and gardens, is truly a glorious site with stunning views over Cardigan Bay
  3. A programme of events is published three times a year featuring information about the Library’s exhibitions, talks and presentations, and general visitor information. A Photography Workshop will be held on the 20th of April between 1.00 p.m. and 4.00 p.m. An introduction to basic photography techniques and an opportunity to practice, taking inspiration from the Library building.
  4. Come and enjoy the range of sandwiches, panini, jacket potatoes, homemade soup and daily specials at Caffi Pen Dinas. Hot and cold beverages are served all day and why not indulge by tasting our delicious homemade cakes. If the sun’s shining, pick up some sandwiches and have a picnic in the landscaped grounds of the Library.  
  5. Go on a tour ‘Behind the Scenes’ Go ‘Behind the Scenes’ with a guided tour of the Library, suitable for all ages.  Every Monday at 11.00am and Wednesday at 2.15pm.  Book your ticket online or phone the shop 01970 632548.  Ticket price includes a free tea or coffee at Caffi Pen Dinas!
  6. Indulge in a little retail therapy The shop stocks quality, bespoke gifts, many by local artists, others of national acclaim such as Mari Thomas, who has won numerous design awards.  Lizzie Spikes and Valeriané Leblond’s work feature regularly on the shop’s shelves; showcasing work which demonstrates their love for their local Ceredigion landscape and its charm. 
  7. Discover the ‘Holy Grail’. This fragile piece of wood is all that remains of an ancient mazer bowl commonly known as the Nanteos Cup.
  8. An opportunity to come ‘face to face’; with Welsh legends from the National Portrait Collection which includes Wales Football Team, Ray Gravell and Dafydd Iwan.
  9. See the smallest book in our Cover to Cover exhibition. Its measures less than 1mm x 1mm x1mm.
  10. Having eaten all those Easter Eggs – why not relax with a book in one of our reading rooms? The site has ample car parking facilities and is a ten minute walk from the town centre or alternatively the ’03 bus follows a circular route from the town centre, calling at the National Library and the Aberystwyth University campus.

You might like to try out the Ceredigion Legends app and follow our treasure hunt around the Library. Ask for details at reception.

Make The National Library of Wales one of your destinations during 2017’s Year of Legends.

General information:
Opening Hours

Monday - Friday 9:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday 9:30am - 5:00pm

Monday - Saturday 9:30am - 5:00pm

The National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales
Monday - Friday 10:00am - 5:00pm

Caffi Pen Dinas
Monday - Friday 9:30am – 5.00pm
Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm

The Library Shop
Monday - Saturday  9:30am - 5:00pm

Easter Holiday Arrangements 2017
14 April – Good Friday – closed
15 April – Easter Saturday – the exhibitions and the shop will be open between 9.30 and 5.00 o’clock
with Caffi Pen Dinas open between 10.00 and 4.00 o’clock but the Reading Rooms will be closed
16 April – Easter Sunday – closed
17 April – Easter Monday – the same arrangements as Easter Saturday
We will be showing the Gogwana film on Easter Monday. Free admission. Reserve your ticket or 01970 632585.

Further Information

Elin-Hâf 01970 632471 or