Centre For Alternative Technology
Centre For Alternative Technology

UNESCO DYFI BIOSPHERE

It's a special place to live, work and to visit - special for its people, its culture and its outstanding environment.

Visit the only internationally recognised UNESCO Biosphere in Wales. 

UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere Reserve

Exceptional Natural environment

Experience some of the very best natural landscapes in Europe.

The area around the river Dyfi is a special place. The UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere Reserve cradles the west of Powys, Ceredigion north of Aberystwyth, and the southern edge of Snowdonia National Park.

Approaching the Mid Wales Coast, the River Dyfi opens to wide sandy beaches and dunes surrounded by small coastal towns and villages. Each year in spring, Ynys Las National Nature Reserve welcomes its very own family of Ospreys returning from their winter home.

A mecca for visitors with an interest in the natural environment, diverse wildlife and green living, the Centre for Alternative Technology is one of the 'must visit' attractions in the area. CAT is a world-renowned eco centre that demonstrates practical solutions for a sustainable future.

Find places to stay in the unesco dyfi biosphere

Mid Wales Luxury Shepherd's Huts

Machynlleth

Glamping with 3 units, £400-£860 pupw sleeps 1-4

Dovey Valley Cottage

Machynlleth

Self-catering with 1 unit, £279-£700 pupw sleeps 1-4

Trefeddian Hotel

Aberdovey

Country House Hotel with 59 rooms, £82-£200 pppn, £100-£125 pppnb

The Old Vicarage

Machynlleth

Guest Accommodation with 4 rooms, £130-£175 prpnb

Ty Poeth Family Holiday Cottages

Machynlleth

Self-catering with 5 units, £450-£1300 pupw sleeps 1-5

Gogarth Hall Farm Holidays

Aberdovey

Self-catering with 5 units, £150-£895 pupw sleeps 4-6

The Richmond

Aberystwyth

Guest Accommodation with 15 rooms, £60-£120 prpnb

Cynfal Farm Cottages

Tywyn

Self-catering with 2 units, £350-£785 pupw sleeps 2-6

Hendy Farm Cottages

Tywyn

Self-catering with 5 units, £210-£850 pupw sleeps 1-6

Blue Grass Cottages

Aberystwyth

Self-catering with 3 units, £66-£150 pupn sleeps 1-5

Dolgoch Holiday Homes

Tywyn

Self-catering with 4 units, £260-£725 pupw sleeps 1-8

Gwerniago Campsite

Machynlleth

Touring & Camping Park with 33 pitches, £16-£24 ptpn

Bythynnod Pengwernydd Cottages

Aberystwyth

Self-catering with 4 units, £350-£695 pupw sleeps 1-6

Ty Derw

Dinas-Mawddwy

Guest Accommodation with 4 rooms, £50 pppnb

Tyddyn Rhys Farm

Aberdovey

Individual Caravan with 1 unit, £400-£405 pupw sleeps 4

Tyddyn Rhys Farm

Aberdovey

Farmhouse with 3 rooms, £85 prpnb

Dolffanog Fawr

Tywyn

Guest Accommodation with 4 rooms, £100-£125 prpnb

Broncoedwig

Aberystwyth

Self-catering with 1 unit, £90-£140 pupn sleeps 1-5

Hendy Farm Holidays

Tywyn

Farmhouse with 3 rooms, £35-£40 pppnb

Woodlands Caravan & Camping Park

Aberystwyth

Touring & Camping Park with 54 pitches, £12-£27 ptpn

The Dyfi Biosphere is part of a network of UNESCO 'Biosphere Reserves' throughout the world and one of only six in the UK where information and experiences can be shared and new ideas explored.

Experience first hand how welsh heritage, culture and economy can thrive in harmony with the natural environment. 

The Dyfi Biosphere inspires communities to work together in creating a sustainable future we can all be proud of, connecting people with nature and cultural heritage, while strengthening the local economy.

Meet local artisan producers at the Corris Craft Centre and visit galleries and independant shops and cafes in the coastal villages surrounding the Dyfi Estuary.

towns & villages

Things to see and do

Dinas Mawddwy

Dinas-Mawddwy

North-east of Machynlleth and south-east of Dolgellau, the village of Dinas Mawddwy is just to the side of the A470 at the junction with the mountain road to Lake Vyrnwy and Bala.

Machynlleth

Machynlleth

The attractive market town of Machynlleth lies in the heart of the UNESCO Dyfi Bioshere. You'll find shops, galleries, cosy cafés and a local market held on Wednesday. Local attractions include the Centre for Alternative Technology

Melin Meirion Mill Woollen Centre

Dinas-Mawddwy

Melin Meirion Mill Shop and Cafe is on the A470 between Machynlleth and Dolgellau near the village of Dinas Mawddwy.

Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Aberystwyth

Award winning Aberystwyth Arts Centre is Wales’ largest arts centre and recognised as a 'national flagship for the arts'. It has a wide-ranging programme across all art forms including drama, dance, music, visual arts film & new media.

Dyfi National Nature Reserve & Centre

Borth

The whole Reserve is made up of three parts: Cors Fochno, an internationally important peat bog; Dyfi Estuary, an internationally important feeding ground for thousands of wading birds and the beach and sand dunes of Ynyslas.

Bro Dyfi Leisure Centre

Machynlleth

Bro Ddyfi Leisure Centre is situated in the heart of the Dyfi Valley in the market town of Machynlleth.It has established itself as a centre offering quality leisure and fitness facilities suitable for people of all ages and abilities.

Dyfi Forest (NRW)

Machynlleth

The Dyfi Forest is located mainly to the north of the Afon Dyfi between Dolgellau to the north and Machynlleth to the south. Dyfi is a 6000ha forest - a spectacular landscape well worth exploring.

Cors Dyfi Nature Reserve

Machynlleth

The Cors Dyfi nature reserve in the heart of the UNESC Dyfi Biosphere is a mixture of bog, swamp, wet woodland and scrub supporting a plethora of animals and plants, including the magnificent Osprey.

Pennau Craft & Coffee Shop

Bow Street

Pennau Craft and Coffee Shop in the village of Bow Street is just four miles north of the busy coastal resort of Aberystwyth. At Pennau Craft Coffee Shop, the accent is firmly on offering the best that Wales has to offer.

Aberystwyth Castle

Aberystwyth

The first true castle built at Aberystwyth was erected about a mile south of the current site by Gilbert de Clare circa 1110, and was variously called Castell Tan-y-castell, Aberrheidol Castle and Old Aberystwyth, among others.

Centre For Alternative Technology

Machynlleth

Nestled in the stunning UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere in Mid Wales, the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) is a world-renowned eco centre that researches and supports greener ways of living. Now open for pre-booked visits.

Rheilffordd Talyllyn Railway

Tywyn

Historic narrow-gauge steam railway set in beautiful, unspoilt Snowdonia. Running from Tywyn to Abergynolwyn and Nant Gwernol, the line passes the delightful Dolgoch Falls and there are excellent forest walks at Nant Gwernol.

RSPB Ynys-hir Nature Reserve

Machynlleth

The RSPB Ynys-Hir nature reserve is a wildlife haven in the heart of Mid Wales. You can wonder from oak woodlands to salt marsh with views across the Dyfi estuary. Perfect for nature lovers & families wishing to discover their wild side.

National Library of Wales

Aberystwyth

The National Library is one of the great libraries of the world. Since 1911 it's enjoyed the right to collect, free of charge, a copy of every printed work published in Britain and Ireland. Situated on Penglais Hill overlooking Aberystwyth.

Ceredigion Museum & Gallery

Aberystwyth

Ceredigion museum is a celebration of Welsh history and heritage, housed in a restored Edwardian theatre. It is host to lively events and temporary exhibitions throughout the year. Situated in the heart of Aberystwyth, near the promenade.

Glyndwr's Way | Section 10 -13

Machynlleth

The 135 m/217km National Trail is a long distance walk which can be enjoyed as a continuous journey, typically taking around nine days, or over a series of weekend or day trips. SECTION 10 - 13

Dyfi Wildlife Centre

Machynlleth

The new Dyfi Wildlife Centre in the heart of the UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere is in a a stunning new building with leading-edge ‘carbon positive’ energy performance.

Aberdyfi | Aberdovey Beach

Aberdovey

Aberdyfi Beach in Southern Snowdonia is a popular beach of perfect sand and the occasional sand dune extends for miles, from Aberdyfi all the way to Tywyn.

Harry's Bar & Bistro

Aberystwyth

Join us at Harry’s Bar & Bistro and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, occasional live music and delicious food. Come for a quiet drink in our bar or partying the weekend away.

Aberdyfi | Aberdovey

Aberdovey

Aberdyfi is a small seaside village on the north side of the Dyfi estuary in southern Snowdonia.

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