Machynlleth at the head of the Dyfi estuary is the centre for alternative technology and lifestyle (CAT). Great biking trails feature in Dyfi Forest and a choice of historic buildings are dotted around this historic market town. Machynlleth is a great base for a holiday and is just a short drive from Snowdonia National Park and the Mid Wales coast.
Family tours of CAT are available which is known as Europe’s leading eco-centre. The town centre is home to a host of medieval and Victorian buildings and a Wednesday street market which dates back to 1291. You can enjoy a range of events in Machynlleth including the annual Celtic Medieval day in May, the Owain Glyndwr festival in September and an annual carnival in July.
Browse through our listings for a great choice of accommodation in Machynlleth including spacious holiday cottages ideal for groups of up to ten people and cosier, period style cottages ideal for families or couples. You could also book a room at a romantic old coaching inn or stay in a holiday apartment attached to a stylish hotel surrounded by beautiful parkland. Look out for our special offers so you get a great deal on your stay.
Machynlleth Town Guide
Machynlleth is just outside the Snowdonia National Park, but is a good place from which to explore South Snowdonia and the coast which is only around 10 miles away. The town itself is another of the characteristic, brightly painted, Welsh market towns. The most striking feature being the rather elaborate late 19th century sandstone clock tower from which the town is centred. Its real name is Castlereagh Memorial Clocktower and it is almost 80 feet tall. It was erected in 1873 on the site of the old town hall to mark the 21st birthday of Charles Steward Vane-Tempest alias the Viscount Castlereagh.
The town has all the usual everyday shops as well as wholefood shops, cafes, takeaways and pubs. Parliament House, where Owain Glyndwr started his Welsh Parliament in the early 15th century, now houses the Tourist Information Centre. This 16th century stone townhouse is adjacent to a timber framed building on the right which was built as the Owain Glyndwr Institute in 1911 by Lord Davies of Llandinam. Parliament House is also a popular museum open from March through the summer season with a brass rubbing centre.
Local architecture also includes the medieval Royal House and many Victorian buildings. There is a Wednesday street market that attracts many people from all over with a variety of traders and craftsmen. This tradition appears to originate from a charter granted in 1291 by Edward I who gave the right to hold ‘a market at Machynlleth every Wednesday for ever and two fairs every year’. In that tradition, Machynlleth has a full programme of events including its annual Celtic Medieval day in May, an annual carnival in July and the Owain Glyndwr festival in September.
Y Tabernacl, a converted Wesleyan chapel, is the home of the Museum of Modern Arts, Wales featuring several galleries and a superb auditorium with great acoustics for musical events. There are exhibitions by internationally renowned artists and live events from cabaret to classical music. Y Tabernacl also hosts the Machynlleth Festival in August that features international musicians. The emphasis is on classical music and jazz but, as with many such festivals, there is also a highly entertaining fringe.