Machynlleth is a small town in the Dyfi valley in the heart of Wales, making it the perfect location to enjoy the best of the Welsh landscape and culture, with easy access by road and train from Central England. Our Machynlleth guide is here to help you enjoy your visit.
Machynlleth Hotels and Accommodation
As a small rural town, there are not a huge choice of hotels in Machynlleth, best rest assured Hotels Fairy will find you a pleasant place to stay at a great rate. The best option for most people is the Plas Mawr Bed & Breakfast Machynlleth set in a Georgian Country house with modern rooms, free wifi and reasonable rates from £70/night for a double ensuite room.
If you would prefer to self-cater then the Macdonald Plas Talgarth Hotel Machynlleth has a range of holiday apartments available ranging from small studios to large apartments sleeping upto 8 people. Prices start at around £178/night.
Or for total tranquillity and a bit of luxury, stay at the secluded Ynyshir Hall Hotel Machynlleth, run by artist Rob Reen and serving excellent local food (rooms from £300/night) – surely one of the most unique Machynlleth Hotels.
Things to do in Machynlleth
People generally visit Machynlleth for one of the four reasons – Walking, Mountain Biking, Business, or to visit the world renowned The Centre for Alternating Technology (CAT).
There is endless scope for scenic walks in the spectacular Cader Idris and Plynlimon ranges and four marked mountain biking trails if you’re in the mood for a bit more adventure.
The Centre for Alternative Technology has really put Machynlleth on the map in the recent years with its range of renewable energy Systems and eco-friendly building methods assessed via a water powered Fenicular railway. It’s a fantastic day out for families as well as being of great education for anyone interested in the environment.
The centre has spurred the growth of the locals renewable energy industry which now also brings in business travellers to the area.
If that’s not enough to keep you busy, you can visit RSPB nature reserve, several working steam railways, on a short drive away is the beach at Aberdovey and the historic town of Port merion.
It’s amazing how much a small town has to offer where you can easily enjoy a weeks holiday there and still not have time to do everything.
Where to eat
If you want to experience Welsh food at its best when you can’t go wrong with a reasonably priced restaurant at The Wynnstay Hotel Machynlleth, where Chef Gareth Jones cooks with the finest local ingredients.
If you want to treat yourself to something really fancy when the restaurant at Ynyshir Hall a few miles out of town is the perfect romantic night out with its exotic food and stunning setting.
When to go
Unless you’re visiting for business it is best to visit from late spring to early autumn when the weather is at its best and the Centre for Alternative Technology is open (it is close to the public in winter). Even in summer you won’t be able to predict the famous Welsh stream, but bring some waterproofs and enjoyed the breathtaking scenery whatever the weather.