EXPLORING THIS HIDDEN WELSH GEM A small market town, Machynlleth is found at the head of the beautifulDyfi estuary in Powys, Mid Wales. A town with a lot going for it, you’lldiscover an array of arts and crafts, mountain bike trails and the moststunning scenery here. Machynlleth is a place steeped in Welsh history, too. When it comes toplaces to stay, there’s a fine selection of accommodation to choose from,including the charming Ynyshir Hall.
RICH IN HISTORY For such a small town, Machynlleth sure has a lot of history. You’lldiscover several historic buildings in the town including the medievaltown house known as "The Parliament House" in Maengwyn Street.
TOWN CENTRE Best known as the "town with the clock,” the first thing you’ll notice on arrivalwill most probably be the striking town clock. Built by the townspeople in the1870s, this iconic clock is the hub of the town. Places of interest include Maengwyn Street - the main street that holds thefamous Wednesday Markets. With their great variety of traders and craftsmen, thesemarkets draw in people from all over. If you continue up Maengwyn Street, you’llcome across the aforementioned Parliament House and the Tourist InformationCentre.
FESTIVALS Celebrating the life of one of Wales most famous sons, TheGlyndwr Festival takes place in the first week in September. And, then there’s the Machynlleth Festival, which takes place in theauditorium in The Tabernacle late August every year.
WA L K S, C YC L E T R A I L S A N D O T H E R AC T I V I T I E S Home to several of the best Mountain Bike Trails in Wales, Machynlleth hasbike routes suitable for all abilities. Although the area is renowned for the BikeTrails walkers are also well catered for in Machynlleth with walks both within theDovey Valley and on the surrounding hillsides. The local walks are complemented by the Glyndwr Way National Trail.Machynlleth also makes a convenient jumping off point for visits to the famousSnowdonia National Park,
AC C O M M O DAT I O N A N D S E RV I C E S Being the sought after destination that it is, there are hotels, guesthouses and self-catering accommodation dotted in and around Machynlleth. A popular place to stay is theYnyshir Hall – one of the former homes of Queen Victoria, who was said to absolutelyadore this part of the country. Set within 14 acres of fine woodland and flower gardens, on the Dyfi Estuary, It isperfectly placed for exploring the Welsh mountains and coastal paths. The hotel offersluxurious rooms, fine dining and an exceptional service. When it comes to food and drink, you’ll come across a number of hotels, restaurantsand pubs. There’s also a wonderful selection of cafes along Maengwyn Street – all ofwhich serve hot food – perfect for a midday snack.
EASY TO GET TO Machynlleth is also an ideal destination if you are without a car –thanks to the train station on the Cambrian Railway Line. The railwaymakes it easy for people from the midlands of England to travel toMachynlleth via Shrewsbury. The Cambrian Coast Railway Line alsoenables travel to and from the West and South of Wales.
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