48 Hours in Wales: Machynlleth

May 2022

An area of outstanding natural beauty and biodiversity, Machynlleth sits at the heart of the Dyfi Biosphere. This historic town is full of independent shops, galleries, and plenty of cafes to visit. Let’s take a look at how you could spend 48 hours in Machynlleth Wales.

Mach Culture

Royal House

In the centre of Machynlleth is the ‘Royal House’ which gives an insight into how the town would have looked in the 16th century. It’s rumoured that King Charles I stayed at the house in 1643, leading to the Royal House name, nowadays it is host to a shop and small holiday accommodation. It has been restored with the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund and remains a landmark within Machynlleth.

Market Day

If you are available on a Wednesday morning, Machynlleth hosts a weekly market. Located near the eye-catching clock tower, you’ll find stalls selling a range of products, from pet food and organic fruit to jewellery, garden plants, and books. It is advised to arrive before lunchtime as it is a popular event, usually filling all the local car parks!


Dyfi Forest Walk

Tan y Coed is a tranquil woodland site situated between Machynlleth and Dolgellau. The Forestry Commission started to plant trees in this area after the first world war, with the work continuing into the second world war to increase timber resources. Nowadays, Tan y Coed features a charming picnic site amongst the tall trees and large grassy grounds. Home to two moderate walks and a family discovery trail, you can venture from the beech woodland to the riverside in a small amount of time, leaving the rest of the day for more exploring!

Mountain Biking

If you’re looking for something more active for your 48 hours in Machynlleth Wales, the Dyfi Forest is well-known for its stunning scenery and strong mountain biking community. Local mountain bikers formed a group known as Dyfi Valley Mountain Biking and raised funds to mark three routes around Machynlleth and the Dyfi Forest. Ranging from 10 – 30km, there are varying lengths and difficulty starting from the centre of Machynlleth town, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy. More information can be found here.

Food and Drink

Wynnstay Hotel and Restaurant

In the heart of Machynlleth lies The Wynnstay, a traditional inn and eatery. Sourcing the freshest Welsh produce, their award-winning chef offers a wide range of dishes from Sunday roasts to fresh salads, vegan and vegetarian options are available too! Their extensive wine options bought directly from Italy, and local gins and lagers can be matched to each dish to give you the perfect lunch or dinner options.


Museum of Modern Art

Open four days a week and with free entry, the Museum of Modern Art (or MOMA) allows you to immerse yourself in multiple exhibitions featuring modern and contemporary art. With a dedication to feature artists living in Wales, there is always new pieces to enjoy as the exhibitions change throughout the year. Located in the centre of Machynlleth, and a short walk from the clock tower, the MOMA is a great way to spend a quiet afternoon with family, or when on a solo trip!

Centre for Alternative Technology

The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) is a world-renowned eco centre in the Dyfi Biosphere, just ten minutes from Machynlleth. CAT demonstrates solutions for a more sustainable future and are dedicated to sharing and teaching their knowledge. You can visit their green building and interactive displays to learn more about how you can reduce the environmental impact in your own home. Take the whole family through the adventure playground, or along the quarry trail to explore the ground surrounding the CAT centre for a fun day trip out!


Situated just a 15-minute drive away from Machynlleth is the Corris Craft Centre. Featuring nine craft studios, you can also find the Corris Mine Explorers and King Arthur’s Labyrinth.

Voted the Best Activity/Experience in Mid Wales in 2019 & 2020, the Corris Mine takes you underground into a virtually untouched slate mine. First excavated in the 1830s and abandoned in 1970, there are over 130 years of mining history to discover with five different exploration trip options that tailor to any occasion.

The King Arthur’s Labyrinth is perfect family day out as you explore an underground storytelling adventure, sailing through a magical waterfall and into the mountains of Southern Snowdonia. A great way to spend the day if the weather in mid-Wales isn’t favourable or just to explore the amazing caverns in which it’s placed.

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