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

Brynarth Country Guest House

Aberystwyth

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

The Richmond

Aberystwyth

Guest Accommodation with 15 rooms, £75-£120 prpnb

Mid Wales Luxury Shepherd's Huts

Machynlleth

Glamping with 3 units, £0-£150 pupn sleeps 1-4

Blue Grass Cottages

Aberystwyth

Self-catering with 3 units, £57-£150 pupn sleeps 1-5

The Old Vicarage

Machynlleth

Guest Accommodation with 4 rooms, £130-£185 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-£795 pupw sleeps 1-6

Broncoedwig

Aberystwyth

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

Maes y Mor

Aberystwyth

Hostel with 9 bedspaces, £60-£130 prpn

Trefeddian Hotel

Aberdovey

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

Gogarth Hall Farm Holidays

Aberdovey

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

Gwerniago Campsite

Machynlleth

Touring & Camping Park with 33 pitches, £16-£22 ptpn

Hendy Farm Holidays

Tywyn

Farmhouse with 3 rooms, £35-£40 pppnb

Bythynnod Pengwernydd Cottages

Aberystwyth

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

Ty Derw

Dinas-Mawddwy

Guest Accommodation with 4 rooms, £50-£60 pppnb

Dolffanog Fawr

Tywyn

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

Aberleri Seaside Cottages

Borth

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

Woodlands Caravan & Camping Park

Aberystwyth

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

Aberdovey Haven

Aberdovey

Self-catering with 1 unit, £440-£1005 pupw sleeps 1-5

Hendreron & Llwyn-y-Gronfa

Machynlleth

Self-catering with 2 units, £380-£800 pupw sleeps 2-5

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

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.

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

Corris Craft Centre

Machynlleth

Discover quality craftsmanship and the unique stories behind the handmade designs in 9 unique craft studios. Wooden toys, pottery, jewellery, candles, chocolates, herbal remedies, glass sculptures, furniture and artisan gin are all crafted.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Glan yr Afon Riverside Restaurant

Machynlleth

The Glan Yr Afon/Riverside is a family run country pub; we very much lean towards being a restaurant. Glyn and I (Corina) bought the freehold in May 2010 and work together with our 7 year-old son Dylan and a great team of staff.

Tywyn

Tywyn

Tywyn is a coastal town in Southern Snowdonia. The name Tywyn comes from the Welsh word for beach or sand dunes.

Dyfi Valley & Coast

Machynlleth

The Dyfi Valley opens wide as it approaches the Cardigan Bay Coast and ends in sandy beaches and dunes. It cradles the westerly spur of Powys, Ceredigion north of Aberystwyth, and the southern rim of Snowdonia National Park.

Clarach South Beach

Aberystwyth

Clarach South beach lies about a mile along the Ceredigion Coast Path over Constitution Hill from Aberystwyth, or about three miles through a nature reserve and the village of Llangorwen.

Aberdyfi | Aberdovey

Aberdovey

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

Macdonald Plas Talgarth Resort

Machynlleth

The Macdonald Plas Talgarth Resort occupies 64 acres of parkland on the edge of Southern Snowdonia includes a Leisure Club & Wellness Spa

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.

Dyfi Furnace (Cadw)

Machynlleth

Perfectly-preserved example of Welsh industrial heritage in a sublime rural setting

The Original Shandals Company

Machynlleth

Shandals and boots are handmade, designed to last, and are repairable after years of wear. Each and every pair are made in a workshop in Machynlleth, Mid Wales.

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.

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