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Discover the Wonder of Machynlleth: The Medieval Market Town with an Alternative Edge!

Located in the heart of the UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere, Machynlleth is a unique and historic town that boasts a rich cultural heritage and breathtaking natural scenery. This fascinating town has recently been designated as one of only two UNESCO Biosphere Reserve sites in the UK, in recognition of its outstanding natural beauty and ecological diversity.

Explore the Centre for Alternative Technology

For eco-conscious travelers, the Centre for Alternative Technology is a must-visit destination. This educational resource and fun day out is extremely popular amongst visitors and has been hugely proactive in promoting ecological technology and lobbying for environmental policy both in the UK and internationally.

Discover Other Fascinating Attractions

But that's not all that Machynlleth has to offer. Other attractions include King Arthur's Labyrinth, Corris Mine Explorers, and the Museum of Modern Art Wales, which houses a superb permanent collection. The Tabernacle buildings provide a venue for numerous festivals, including the Machynlleth Comedy Festival.

Explore the Rich Local History and Culture

Machynlleth's rich history is evident in the number of interesting buildings, monuments and traditions that can be found throughout the town. One of the earliest written references to Machynlleth is the Royal Charter of 1291, granted by Edward I to Owen de la Pole the Lord of Powys. The weekly Wednesday market and biannual fair date back to this charter, which allowed Machynlleth to hold a market every Wednesday and two fairs a year.

For music lovers, Machynlleth has played an important role in the history of rock and roll. Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant has owned property here since he was a boy and penned the iconic 'Stairway to Heaven' as well as many more songs in Bron-Yr-Aur cottage just outside Machynlleth.

Enjoy Exciting Outdoor Activities

Machynlleth is an ideal base for exploring the surrounding countryside, which includes the Glyndwr's Way National Trail Route and the Wales Coast Path. The area offers numerous walking trails, including the Dovey Valley Shooting Ground. For mountain bikers, the Mach 1, 2, 3 routes offer great off-road cycling options starting from Machynlleth and venturing into the Plynlimon mountains. The Climach-X trail in the southern section of the Dyfi forest, 4.6 miles north of Machynlleth near the village of Ceinws on the A487 is also worth checking out.

Indulge in Local Delights

For those who love shopping, Machynlleth has plenty of independent shops offering local crafts, galleries, and cosy cafes to stop for a paned (cuppa). Foodies will appreciate the town's biannual fair, which has been held since 1291 and remains hugely popular to this day.

So, whether you're looking to explore natural beauty, delve into local history and culture, or simply relax and unwind in a charming town, Machynlleth is a must-visit destination for first-time travelers.


Saturday, 22nd June 2024 - Saturday, 22nd June 2024

Rotary Across Wales Walk 2024Rotary Across Wales Walk 2024The Rotary Clubs of Llanidloes, Machynlleth and Newtown join together to organise this very popular Mid Wales walk for people to enjoy and also to facilitate the raising of charitable funds:
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  • Free Parking
  • Parking with charge - Pay & Display Car Park: Maengwyn St SY20 8DY - long stay.

Map & Directions

Road Directions

The town of Machynlleth is situated on the main A487 and A489 roads.

There is on-street parking on the main high street as well as a car park located close to the town centre.

Public Transport Directions

By Bus . Bus:T12, T2, X28

Br Train : The station is to the north of the town



Powys, SY20 8BL

Add Machynlleth to your Itinerary


Llyn ClywedogLlanidloes to Machynlleth via Llyn Clywedog | Scenic Drive, LlanidloesExplore the 20 mile mountain road from Llanidloes to Machynlleth, via Clywedog Reservoir. Wonderful views and take in the former lead mining community of Dylife and the Dylife Gorge and Wynford Vaughan-Thomas viewing point.

Dyfi Discovery Walk | Ceinws to Llanwrin WalkDyfi Discovery Walk | Ceinws to Llanwrin Walk, MachynllethStart: Ceinws village Grid Reference: SH760 059 Distance: 11.3 km – 7 miles (additional 0.7km - 0.4 miles to Llanwrin) Grade: Moderate / Strenuous Terrain: Firm tracks, open fields Maps: OS Explorer 215

Dyfi Discovery Walk | Pennal WalkDyfi Discovery Walk | Pennal Walk, MachynllethStart: Pennal village Grid Reference: SH 699 004 Distance: 13.2km – 8.3 miles Grade: Strenuous – A mountain walk, not to be undertaken in poor visibility Maps: OS Explorer – OL 23

Dyfi Discovery Walk | Cwrt WalkDyfi Discovery Walk | Cwrt Walk, MachynllethStart: Village car park, Cwrt Grid Reference:SH 688 000 Distance: 4.8 km – 3 miles (with extension 6.6 km - 4 miles) Grade: Moderate (extension energetic) Terrain: Tarmac road, firm tracks, fields and woodland Maps: OS Explorer - OL 23

Y Plas Machynlleth - starting point for Machynlleth to Morben WalkDyfi Discovery Walk | Machynlleth to Dyfi Wildlife Centre, MachynllethThis walk starts at the car park at Y Plas, Machynlleth and is graded as moderate. The terrain includes road, woodland paths, firm tracks and fields and is a distance of 5 miles.

Dyfi Discovery Walk | Derwenlas WalkDyfi Discovery Walk | Derwenlas Walk, MachynllethStart: Lay-by Derwenlas Grid Reference: SN721 991 Distance: 6.2 km - 3.8 miles Grade: Moderate Terrain: Firm tracks, open fields, some boggy areas Maps: OS Explorer OL23

Dyfi Discovery Walk | Cwm Ralltgoed WalkDyfi Discovery Walk | Cwm Ralltgoed Walk, MachynllethStart: NRW forest car park. Turn R just before Aberllefenni village sign. Grid Reference: SH 769 092 Distance: 8.4 km - 5.2 miles Grade: Easy/Moderate Maps: OS Explorer . OL23

Dyfi Discovery Walk | Cae Adda WalkDyfi Discovery Walk | Cae Adda Walk, MachynllethStart: Near Dovey Valley Shooting Centre Limited car parking Grid Reference: SH 806 051 Distance: 10 km – 6.2 miles Grade: Moderate with some steep sections Terrain: Fields, rough tracks Maps: OS Explorer - 215

Talyllyn LakeCircular Machynlleth via Tal-y-llyn | Scenic Drive, MachynllethThis 35 mile circular route takes you on the A487 from Machynlleth via Corris towards Dolgellau and before turning off on the B4405 to Tywyn via the picturesque Talyllyn lake at the foot of Cadair Idris. Return to Machynlleth via Aberdyfi.

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