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Severn Valley & Dyfi Biosphere - Day 1

A 3 day short break in Mid Wales with places to stay and things to do. Charge your car at our suggested overnight stop. Day 1 Welshpool to the Machynlleth and the Dyfi Valley.


Start your day in Welshpool, you'll be in good company Royal visitors can be traced all the way back to Henry Tudor who camped outside the town on his way to the Battle of Bosworth in 1536. Now a thriving town with an indoor market and a range of shopping opportunities. A quick stop in the Tourist Information Centre, to find out more about the town.
Next stop - Powis Castle, the Gardens and Castle are a delight to wander around at any time of year.
Welshpool TIC

Welshpool Tourist Information Centre

The expert and welcoming staff at Welshpool Tourist Information Centre offer independent assistance with the planning of routes and the booking of accommodation and of information on places or events to visit.
Powis Castle

Powis Castle

Powis Castle, built circa 1200, began life as the medieval fortress of the Welsh Princes of Powys. The world-famous gardens, overhung with clipped yews, shelters rare plants laid out under the influence of Italian and French styles.


Time for lunch, after taking in the gardens and history of this fascinating building, Lady Henrietta's restaurant at Powis Castle uses many local ingredients in cooking their delicious meals.
Lady Henrietta's Cafe

Lady Henrietta's Restaurant at Powis Castle

Powis Castle’s restaurant has long been acknowledged as an example of excellence. Enjoy a variety of traditional dishes made with local, seasonal ingredients such as organic Welsh black beef, sourced from a local farm.


Take your time travelling from Welshpool to Machynlleth. Enjoy the quiet roads that make the drive part of your holiday and not just a way to get about.
Arriving in the Machynnleth in the Heart of the Dyfi Valley, you can make an afternoon visit to nearby Corris, visit the Centre for Alternative Technology, all you need to know about eco technology and lifestyles, CAT have a fast charge point for visitors. Still in Corris, try King Arthurs Labyrinth and follow the legend of Arthurs travels or for something completely different Corris Mine Explorers will take you into the abandoned workings of an old slate mine.
If you need that shopping fix, Corris Craft Centre has 9 studios with resident crafts people, a wonderful place to browse around.
For afternoon tea, try Y Crochan Cafe,
Centre for Alternative Technology

Centre For Alternative Technology

The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) is a world-renowned eco centre with seven acres of hands-on displays, examples of environmentally responsible building, renewable energy, organic gardens and kids’ holiday activities.
King Arthur's Labyrinth

King Arthurs Labyrinth

Sail through the magical veil of an underground waterfall into a mythical world filled with dragons, giants, fierce battles and the legendary King Arthur. Welsh legends unfold as you're guided through the Labyrinth by a Dark Age Boatman.
Corris Mine Explorers -exploring an old slate mine

Corris Mine Explorers

Delve around the secret underground world of a Welsh slate mine, with one of Wales' top Mine Explorers; abandoned and forgotten yet full of relics, stories & adventure. Get kitted up with helmet,lamp & safety clips for something different..
Corris Craft Centre

Corris Craft Centre

Home to 9 Craft Studios and the resident designer-makers. Find unique items handcrafted with care for your home, garden and gifts for others. You can also have fun making your own crafts.
Y Crochan cafe at the Corris Craft Centre

Y Crochan Cafe

Our all-day menu features lots of fresh, seasonal and local produce. Call in for morning coffee, lunches and afternoon tea whilst enjoying the surrounding 9 Craft Studios and a range of visitor experiences including King Arthur's Labyrinth.


If Paddy & Sue can't tempt you to an evening meal with them, there are a number of restaurants nearby.
A few suggestions are Number Twenty One Bistro in Machynlleth or maybe The Penrhos Arms in nearby Cemmaes.
Penrhos Bar

The Penrhos Arms

The Penrhos Arms offer a 'Fine Dining Menu' available at weekends only in the restaurant. The restaurant is located just off the bar has seating for 48. For the more formal occasion or private hire our restaurant seats up to 50.
Food Glorious Food

Number Twenty One

Using the finest locally sourced Welsh ingredients, we offer an exciting mix of traditional & modern cuisine, served in a relaxing, contemporary venue situated in the historical town centre.


Re-charge your batteries and your car at The Old Coach House, a 4* B&B with a Gold Grading in the Green Tourism Business Scheme. Sue and Paddy also offer evening meals made with fresh and locally sourced ingredients. And of course you can charge your car up overnight before enjoying a freshly cooked breakfast and setting off for another days exploring
The Old Coach House

The Old Coach House

4* Bed & Breakfast in The Old Coach House. One double bedroom and one double/twin both with full en-suite. A choice of Welsh/Continental Breakfast, using locally sourced produce whenever possible. Beautiful location overlooking River Dyfi

Details of Centre For Alternative TechnologyCentre For Alternative Technology

The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) located in the heart of the Dyfi Biosphere, is a pioneering eco-centre with exciting interactive displays that demonstrate the incredible power of wind, water and sun. It has working examples of sustainable living, environmentally responsible buildings, energy conservation, organic growing and composting.

The Centre for Alternative Technology is a great place for children, with an eco-adventure playground and a programme of holiday activities which are both fun and educational. During term-time visitors can enjoy the tranquil surroundings: experiencing the flora and fauna that flourishes around the site, taking a stroll around the fascinating organic gardens or enjoying a leisurely meal in our wholefood restaurant. The CAT Café offers vegetarian menus with vegan and gluten-free options. Our chefs aim to use seasonal produce, much of which is grown on site.

Making a trip to CAT is well worth it. Come to the Centre to gain practical tips on sustainable building techniques, gardening, alternative energy sources and land management all while entertaining the kids.

CAT works hard to devise positive and practical solutions to the climate change challenge and we believe that giving helpful advice for free on all matters of sustainability will encourage people to make green living a part of their everyday lives.

WISE Centre and Residential Courses
CAT's award winning WISE building is home to a variety of exciting activities that feed into the visitor experience. CAT offers a selection of MSc courses for postgraduates looking to specialise in sustainable industries, and unique short courses in a wide variety of green activities.

A wide choice of variety of short residential courses covering a range of sustainability issues are offered including courses on renewable energy, environmentally friendly building techniques, and water and sanitation solutions can help you learn more about sustainable ways of living, and allow you to put your ideas into practice. Check website for details.

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Tel: 01654 705950

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Centre For Alternative Technology

Llwyngwern Quarry, Pantperthog, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 9AZ


Map reference: SH 755044
     Lat: 52.62305  Long: -3.84062
CAT is located three miles north of Machynlleth on the A487, look out for the brown signs.

Bus services run from Machynlleth and other major towns. The T2 runs regular routes from Aberystwyth to Bangor. The T2 also passes the centre as well. It's worth looking online if you're planning to travel by bus and ask the driver about the best place to alight for the centre.

National Cycle Network Route 8 passes via CAT's entrance and the road from Mach to CAT is quiet and safe (see map above).

Trains are frequent and it doesn't take long to get from the Midlands to Machynlleth.

We have free car parking at our reception and there are plenty of spaces.

EV Car Charging point free to Cat Visitors, please notify reception on arrival and they will assist you with the charging facilities.

Parking : free

Public Transport : 3 miles from Machynlleth station

Assisted Access, Coach Access. Group Rates available. Special offers for visitors arriving by train, bus, bike or foot.

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