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Come and play!

If you are looking for somewhere to visit with your family, look no further than the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth.

The Library has a Play Area for children aged 3 to 7 that is full of play activities that stimulate the senses and arouse curiosity. You will have the opportunity to:

  • build with blocks
  • colour and draw
  • shop, dress up and take part in role play
  • set up camp and read under the stars
  • venture on a trip to the seaside or the forest

You can come and visit the Play Area as a family, as a group of families or as Nursery Group or Cylch Meithrin, and it's all free. There is no need to book in advance - come to the National Library and follow the signs to the Play Area or ask at reception. The Library offers easy access for prams and nappy changing facilities.


We often hold events for children and families during school holidays. Visit our events page for all the latest information.

Things to do

There are free activities for children in some of our Exhibitions spaces, come and have a look.

Pen Dinas Café

The Library has a lovely café. It serves sandwiches, paninis, soup and some light meals at lunchtime, and has a mouthwatering selection of cakes for your day out treat. It also offers an array of cold and hot drinks.

The café was recently revamped, with new furniture and a small play area for young children.

The café is located on the ground floor with easy access for buggies. High chairs are also provided.

Toilets and Baby Changing

There are toilets with baby changing facilities on the ground floor.