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, £70-£120 prpnb

Blue Grass Cottages

Aberystwyth

Self-catering with 3 units, £66-£170 pupn sleeps 1-5

Woodlands Caravan & Camping Park

Aberystwyth

Touring & Camping Park with 54 pitches, £12-£29 ptpn

Maes y Mor

Aberystwyth

Hostel with 9 bedspaces, £60-£75 prpn

Gogarth Hall Farm

Aberdovey

Farmhouse with 2 rooms, £55 pppnb

Bythynnod Pengwernydd Cottages

Aberystwyth

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

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, £20-£25 ptpn

Cynfal Farm Cottages

Tywyn

Self-catering with 2 units, £350-£800 pupw sleeps 2-6

Trefeddian Hotel

Aberdovey

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

Dolffanog Fawr

Tywyn

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

Mid Wales Luxury Shepherd's Huts

Machynlleth

Glamping with 3 units, £500-£860 pupw sleeps 1-4

Hendy Farm Cottages

Tywyn

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

Broncoedwig

Aberystwyth

Self-catering with 1 unit, £90-£160 pupn sleeps 1-5

Hendy Farm Holidays

Tywyn

Farmhouse with 3 rooms, £35-£40 pppn

Ty Derw

Dinas-Mawddwy

Guest Accommodation with 4 rooms, £50-£58 pppnb

Aberhiriaeth

Machynlleth

Self-catering with 1 unit, £475-£800 pupw sleeps 2-6

Hendreron & Llwyn-y-Gronfa

Machynlleth

Self-catering with 2 units, £360-£700 pupw sleeps 2-5

Penyglog Farm Cottages

Machynlleth

Self-catering with 3 units, £360-£700 pupw sleeps 2-6

The Old Vicarage

Machynlleth

Guest Accommodation with 8 rooms, £125-£180 prpnb

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.

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.

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.

Dyfi National Nature Reserve

Borth

Stunning estuary and huge sand dunes 14 miles from Aberystwyth. Ynyslas Visitor Centre has exhibition about Dyfi National Nature Reserve, shop and refreshments. Walking trails through dunes and along seashore.

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.

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.

Aberdyfi | Aberdovey

Aberdovey

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

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.

The Wynnstay

Machynlleth

The Wynnstay is a traditional coaching inn and eatery in the heart of historic Machynlleth in mid Wales. Head Chef Gareth Johns follows the Slow Food Principles of “Good, Clean and Fair” in a relaxed, friendly setting.

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.

The Corris 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.

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.

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

Teithiau Cerdded | DYFI Walking Tours

Machynlleth

Guided Walking Tours in the Dyfi Valley

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.

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

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.

Dyfi Distillery

Machynlleth

Dyfi Distillery produces artisan gins crafted with wild Welsh botanicals foraged in the Dyfi Biosphere. Based at Corris Craft Centre, near Machynlleth and regularly open to visitors. Best British Gin trophy two years running.

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.

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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