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

The Richmond

Aberystwyth

Guest Accommodation with 15 rooms, £65-£120 prpnb

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, £400-£860 pupw sleeps 1-4

The Old Vicarage

Machynlleth

Guest Accommodation with 4 rooms, £130-£180 prpnb

Woodlands Caravan & Camping Park

Aberystwyth

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

Bythynnod Pengwernydd Cottages

Aberystwyth

Self-catering with 4 units, £325-£695 pupw sleeps 1-6

Ty Derw

Dinas-Mawddwy

Guest Accommodation with 4 rooms, £50 pppnb

Blue Grass Cottages

Aberystwyth

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

Dolffanog Fawr

Tywyn

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

Maes y Mor

Aberystwyth

Hostel with 9 bedspaces, £60-£100 prpn

Golwg y Mor

Tywyn

Self-catering with 1 unit, £199-£720 pupw sleeps 4

Broncoedwig

Aberystwyth

Self-catering with 1 unit, £85-£140 pupn sleeps 1-5

Hendy Farm Holidays

Tywyn

Farmhouse with 3 rooms, £35-£40 pppnb

Gogarth Hall Farm Holidays

Aberdovey

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

Cynfal Farm Cottages

Tywyn

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

Dolgoch Holiday Homes

Tywyn

Self-catering with 4 units, £255-£725 pupw sleeps 1-8

No. 3 Dulas Cottages

Machynlleth

Self-catering with 1 unit, £264-£342 pupw sleeps 2-3

Gwerniago Campsite

Machynlleth

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

Hendy Farm Cottages

Tywyn

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

Yr Hen Stablau

Machynlleth

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Aberystwyth Railway Station

Aberystwyth

The railway station is the terminus of the Cambrian Line from Shrewsbury. Located less than 5 minutes from the town centre, there is a taxi rank and bus station adjacent.

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.

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.

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.

Cefn Coch Farm

Machynlleth

Enjoy a guided Ecology Tour by PhD Ecologist, Joe; discover rewilding with an introduction to Cambrian Wildwoods, or develop an insight into Farming & Conservation Practices at this upland farm in the UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere.

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, leather & wool, glass sculptures, furniture and artisan gin are all crafted.

Narrow Gauge Railway Museum

Tywyn

The Narrow Gauge Railway Museum is located at the Tywyn Wharf terminus of the Talyllyn Railway. It is an important collection of artifacts relating to Narrow Gauge Railways in the UK throughout the last 200 years.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Aberystwyth

Aberystwyth

Viewed by many as the culture capital of Wales, Aberystwyth is home to the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth University and the Aberystwyth Arts Centre.

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.

Salop Leisure - Machynlleth

Machynlleth

Salop Leisure Ltd is a leading supplier of static, touring and motor homes - all of which have evolved from basic units to the luxury models of today.

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.

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