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

Blue Grass Cottages

Aberystwyth

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

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, £80-£140 pupn sleeps 1-4

The Old Vicarage, Corris

Machynlleth

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

Maes y Mor

Aberystwyth

Hostel with 9 bedspaces, £60-£89 prpn

Woodlands Caravan & Camping Park

Aberystwyth

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

The Richmond

Aberystwyth

Guest Accommodation with 15 rooms, £70-£120 prpnb

Cynfal Farm Cottages

Tywyn

Self-catering with 2 units, £300-£720 pupw sleeps 2-6

Ty Poeth Family Holiday Cottages

Machynlleth

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

Moelfre Cottage

Machynlleth

Self-catering with 1 unit, £220-£320 pupw sleeps 2-4

Hendy Farm Holidays

Tywyn

Farmhouse with 3 rooms, £35-£40 pppnb

Yr Hen Stablau

Machynlleth

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

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

Plas Hafan Seaview Apartment

Aberystwyth

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

Gwerniago Campsite

Machynlleth

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

Dovey Valley Cottage

Machynlleth

Self-catering with 1 unit, £279-£1118 pupw sleeps 1-4

Hendy Farm Cottages

Tywyn

Self-catering with 5 units, £210-£795 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 Do

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.

Corris Mine Explorers

Machynlleth

Get kitted up before venturing into the abandoned workings of this secret underground world. Explore and feel the dark, damp mine's history come alive as the expert guide shares its stories. Winner of Best Experience in Mid Wales 2019 / 20

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.

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.

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.

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.

Machynlleth Railway Station

Machynlleth

Machynlleth railway station is on the Cambrian Line from Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth and is the junction for the Cambrian Coast Line to Pwllheli.

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

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.

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 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.

Aberystwyth

Aberystwyth

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

Borth Station Museum

Borth

Borth Station Museum is a hidden gem in the village of Borth, 7 miles from Aberystwyth. The Museum recreates the world of a GWR holiday railway station from 1922.

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.

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.

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.

Borth Beach

Borth

Borth's sandy beach is the longest in Ceredigion. With three miles of gently shelving golden sand this Blue Flag Beach is especially popular with families with younger children and sailboard enthusiasts.

Falconry Experience Wales

Machynlleth

Falconry Experience Wales offers an insight into the world of Birds of Prey. Fly and handle Lakota the Bald Eagle or Moggie the White Faced Owl. Outdoor Venue of the Year - Welsh Hospitality Awards

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.

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.

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