Mid Wales Town Tour by Rail - Day 3: Wednesday

Wednesday - Market Day in Machynlleth is on Wednesdays - so that is where we are going today. The town is the ancient capital of Wales and the site of Owain Glyndwr’s Parliament in 1404.



We return to the railway station at Newtown in time to catch the 10.07 train; ticket office on Platform 1. Cross over the footbridge to Platform 2 for the Aberystwyth train.

For notes on the journey - see Points of Interest Newtown-Machynlleth.

The train will stop at Caersws and then arrive Machynlleth at 10.45.

A charter granted in 1291 by Edward I to the Lord of Powys gave him the right to hold a market at Machynlleth every Wednesday for ever and over 720 years later a street market it is still being held in this small town with a population of 2,200.

A brief tour of Machynlleth - ideas for lunch, dropping off your luggage and suggestions for afternoon visits.

To get to the town centre, turn right out of the station, left when you reach the main road and continue. Pass the Museum of Modern Art on your left and the recently restored clock tower will be on your right. Cross the road for the Wynnstay Hotel where you can drop off your luggage if you are staying here tonight. Left is Maengwyn Street with all the market stalls, shops and cafes/bistros (including Ian Snow’s shop and Number 21 bistro).

The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) has seven acres of interactive displays, gardens, café and shop. It opened in 1974 when CAT started to put sustainable living to the test. It is located 3 miles north of Machynlleth; there is a bus (Service X27) from the clock tower at 12.15 with a return trip at 15.21.

Newtown/Y Drenewydd railway station is on the Cambrian Line from Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth.

Old Kerry Rd, Newtown, Powys, SY16 1BP


Mid Wales Towns Tour Journey Notes 3 - Newtown to Machynlleth.

Newtown Railway Station, Old Kerry Rd, Newtown, Powys, SY16 1BP


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

Powys, SY20 8BL


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.

Llwyngwern Quarry, Pantperthog, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 9AZ

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Over lunch, time to consider where to go this afternoon - some suggestions follow!


Museum of Modern Art (Moma Wales) is at the Tabernacle Centre, a former chapel converted into an arts centre and gallery. Open from 10.00 to 16.00. The Machynlleth Festival is here 23 - 30 August 2020.

Ian Snow Interiors & Crafts - Ian Snow started his business in 1978 selling from a trestle table on Machynlleth market. Today the sheer diversity of the products on sale is one of the reasons for the businesses success apart from the shop, there is an extensive wed site. Ian lived in India for two years in the early seventies and his deep-rooted love of the country continues to this day. Opening hours for the shop are 09.30 to 17.30.

Throughout the year MOMA WALES shows Modern Welsh Art, in a series of constantly changing exhibitions featuring Wales' top artists. Works from the growing Tabernacle Collection are shown in rotation.

Y Tabernacl, Penrallt Street, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8AJ

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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.

Speciality: Interior Crafts and Clothing

Ian Snow - Machynlleth, The Old Post Office, 8 Maengwyn Street, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 8AF



Evening meal - suggest the Wynnstay, which has a pizzeria as well as a restaurant.


Stay overnight where Sir Watcyn Williams-Wynne chose as the site for his little 'pied-a-terre' that is now known as The Wynnstay, or to give it its full title - The Wynnstay, Herbert Arms and Unicorn Hotel! Bed and Breakfast establishments available in the area.

The Wynnstay Machynlleth is a charming old Coaching Inn. The restaurant appeals to gourmets, hungry locals and travellers. Open fires, log stoves, excellent wines and real ales. "This one is different", said Martin Bright in The Observer.

In or near Machynlleth

Hotel with 23 rooms

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Other Itineraries

> Explore Mid Wales Days Out

> Heritage Railways

> Scenic Railway Day Trips

> Short Breaks by Train

> Short Breaks in Mid Wales

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