Centre For Alternative Technology
Centre For Alternative Technology

UNESCO DYFI BIOSPHERE

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

Visit one of the finest landscapes and wildlife areas in the whole of Europe

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 very special place to live, work and to visit - special for its people, its culture and its outstanding environment.

The UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere Reserve cradles the westerly spur of Powys, Ceredigion north of Aberystwyth, and the southern rim 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 it's very own family of Ospreys returning from their winter home.

A mecca for visitors with an interest in the natural environment, abundant wildlife and green living, the Centre for Alternative Technology is one of the 'must visit' attractions in the area.

Find places to stay in the unesco dyfi biosphere

Brynarth Country Guest House

Aberystwyth

Guest House with 8 rooms, £52-£165 prpnb

Gogarth Hall Farm Holidays

Aberdovey

Self-catering with 5 units, £150-£645 pupw sleeps 4-6

Broncoedwig

Aberystwyth

Self-catering with 1 unit, £85-£125 pupn sleeps 1-5

Trefeddian Hotel

Aberdovey

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

Mid Wales Luxury Shepherd's Huts

Machynlleth

Glamping with 3 units, £60-£120 pupn sleeps 1-4

Hendy Farm Cottages

Tywyn

Self-catering with 5 units, £210-£795 pupw sleeps 1-6

Aberleri Seaside Cottages

Borth

Self-catering with 5 units, £269-£1119 pupw sleeps 2-10

Gwerniago Campsite

Machynlleth

Touring & Camping Park with 33 pitches, £16-£20 ptpn

Blue Grass Cottages

Aberystwyth

Self-catering with 3 units, £57-£130 pupn sleeps 1-5

Ty Poeth Family Holiday Cottages

Machynlleth

Self-catering with 5 units, £360-£485 pupw sleeps 1-5

Ynysymaengwyn Caravan Park

Tywyn

Holiday, Touring & Camping Park with 100 pitches, £15-£28 ptpn

Woodlands Caravan & Camping Park

Aberystwyth

Touring & Camping Park with 54 pitches, £12-£26 ptpn

Yr Hen Stablau

Machynlleth

Self-catering with 1 unit, £370-£650 pupw sleeps 1-6

Plas Hafan Seaview Apartment

Aberystwyth

Self-catering with 1 unit, £651-£749 pupw sleeps 2-4

Bythynnod Pengwernydd Cottages

Aberystwyth

Self-catering with 4 units, £0-£695 pupw sleeps 1-6

Dolgoch Holiday Homes

Tywyn

Self-catering with 4 units, £255-£705 pupw sleeps 1-8

The Old Vicarage, Corris

Machynlleth

Guest Accommodation with 4 rooms, £130-£170 prpnb

Dyfiview B&B

Machynlleth

Bed & Breakfast with 2 rooms, £66-£80 prpnb

Gogarth Hall Farm

Aberdovey

Farmhouse with 2 rooms, £40 pppnb

Tyddyn Rhys Farm

Aberdovey

Individual Caravan with 1 unit, £370-£390 pupw sleeps 4

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 & cafes in the coastal villages surrounding the Dyfi Estuary.

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things to Do

Tywyn

Tywyn

Tywyn is a seaside town on the north coast of Cardigan Bay. The name Tywyn comes from the Welsh word for beach or sand dunes.

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

King Arthurs Labyrinth

Machynlleth

Sail deep in the mountains of Southern Snowdonia, through a magical waterfall, into a mythical world filled with dragons, giants, fierce battles and the legendary King Arthur. Welsh legends unfold as your Dark Age Boatman guides you.

Lost Legends of The Stone Circle

Machynlleth

Navigate the snaking paths of a maze to find 8 mythical stories, intriguing characters and The Stone Circle. Legends of a fairy lady, changelings - human babies switched with elves & the Lord of Lyn's secret. Medals to be won in our quiz.

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.

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.

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.

Trefeddian Hotel

Aberdovey

The Trefeddian Hotel serve everything from a three course dining room lunch to more relaxed light bites, sandwiches and delicious homemade afternoon tea in the hotel lounges or on a sunny day on our stunning sea view terrace.

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.

Y Crochan Cafe

Machynlleth

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.

Y Plas Machynlleth

Machynlleth

A grade II listed Georgian mansion. Formerly the home of the Marquess of Londonderry, the property was left to the people of Machynlleth in 1948 and eventually aquired by Machynlleth Town Council in 2008.

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.

Plas Dolguog Hotel

Machynlleth

Plas Dolguog Hotel is licensed as a venue for civil wedding ceremonies; therefore allowing you to take advantage of all that Plas Dolguog has to offer by celebrating your special day in one superb venue.

Beicio Mynydd Dyfi Mountain Biking

Machynlleth

Three great off-road cycling routes ranging from 10 to 20 miles, starting from Machynlleth and venturing into the Plynlimon mountains.

Y Borth | Borth

Borth

Borth is a coastal village just 7 miles north of Aberystywth. During summer its many camp sites and holiday parks are home to hundreds of visitors to the area - many of whom have been returning here for years.

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.

Ian Snow - Machynlleth

Machynlleth

Ian Snow started his business in 1978 selling from a trestle table on Machynlleth market. Since these early days it's now grown into three shops and a small wholesale business, with the main shop situated in Machynlleth.

Corris Craft Centre

Machynlleth

A small craft village in Mid Wales home to 9 unique studios where you can meet the Makers and see many of the crafts being made. Get creative in a craft workshop. All-weather King Arthur's Labyrinth and Corris Mine Explorers start here too.

Cors Dyfi Nature Reserve

Machynlleth

Cors Dyfi is closed whilst we build our new Dyfi Wildlife Centre. The Cors Dyfi reserve is a mixture of bog, swamp, wet woodland and scrub supporting a plethora of animals and plants, including the magnificent Osprey.

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.

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