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An artist’s haven at the edge of Snowdonia

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Machynlleth town centre

Machynlleth is a historical market town close to the west coast of Wales and Snowdonia National Park. Located in the Dyfi Valley, its sits at the head of the Dyfi Estuary. Machynlleth is dominated by a large clock that stands at the heart of the town and can be seen from all approaches.

The town also has a very strong connection to the last native Welshman to hold the title of Prince of Wales, the legendary Owain Glyndwr. Shakespeare fans will remember the fantastical depiction of his (as Owen Glendower) in Henry IV, as man of magic and the black arts. Machynlleth was chosen as the seat of the Welsh parliament after he was crowned in 1404.

Snowdonia National Park

Each year in the first week of September is the Glyndwr Festival, a celebration of the 1400 rebellion. The town still has numerous buildings dating back to the time, including the Parliament House on Maengwyn Street, which is a museum and interpretive centre devoted to the life of Owain Glyndwr. Also look for The Royal House, where Charles I was reputed to have stayed during the 1640s.

There is a weekly market every Wednesday, which is about 700 years old. The town also offers a mixture of independent shops and craft stores. Visit the Tabernacle, a former Welsh Wesleyan chapel now converted into a multi-arts complex featuring exhibitions, concerts and live music events.

Beyond the city is the Dyfi Forest, which is immensely popular with fans of mountain biking. There’s a range of waymarked forest trails for riders at all proficiency levels, and there’s even some rough-slate descents for the pros. Machynlleth has a good nine-hole golf course at the edge of town. For beginners and juniors, a short pitch and putt course is also available.

A few miles from the town is the Centre of Alternative Technology (CAT). It’s an interesting place to visit for the family, where its education and visitor centre has displays that demonstrate the practical solutions for sustainability and renewable energy. It has a whopping seven acres of interactive displays to enjoy.

The town centre has a wide choice of pubs and restaurants to get a good feed. Number Twenty One is a bistro with a wide range of dishes using the finest Welsh ingredients available. Another good bet is the Wynnstay that prides itself on sourcing the best of local produce. It has a wide range of Welsh ales and lager too. It imports single-estate wine from Italy too, to keep things interesting!

"This former seat of Welsh government has more history than towns twice its size…"

Machynlleth is surrounded by beautiful Welsh countryside and is the ideal base for exploring the Dyfi Valley, Snowdonia National Park, Barmouth, Harlech, the Tal y Llyn and Vale of Rheidol railways, Clywedog Reservoir and the Devil’s Bridge gorge.

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While you’re there

Dyfi Forest

Go mountain biking or trekking deep into the Dyfi Forest. Walks and cycle routes are waymarked and are suitable for all levels of stamina.

Centre of Alternative Technology (CAT)

With over seven acres of hands-on displays and gardens about sustainability practice, the CAT is a must-visit.

Parliament House

Learn all about the last Welsh native, Prince of Wales Owain Glyndŵr in the museum and interpretive centre.

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