Machynlleth is the ancient capital of Wales. Machynlleth is now a leading centre for light industry and environmental technology. Machynlleth is a centre for family holidays and "green" tourism.
The wide main street of Machynlleth enhances the varied local architecture which includes the medieval Royal House and many Victorian buildings. The Wednesday street market attracts many people from afar with its great variety of traders and craftsmen. There is also an annual Carnival in July and the Owain Glyndwr festival in September.
Machynlleth is historically famous for being the seat of the Welsh rebel Owain Glyndwr's parliament in the 15th century. For a small market town, it boasts many marvellous visitor attractions, which along with the magnificent countryside provide plenty of attractions for visitors.
Nearby is Europe's leading Eco-centre, the Centre for Alternative Technology, which leads the field in its innovative ways of researching and implementing sustainable lifestyles. Celtica is an interpretative heritage centre, which is dedicated to presenting the history and culture of the Celts.
The RSPB reserve at Ynyshir covers over 1000 acres of woodland, freshwater pools, and bogs, and is a wonderful haven for a large variety of flora and fauna. For lovers of all things Arthurian, King Arthur's Labyrinth in the nearby village of Corris, offers a spectacular boat trip back in time to explore the Welsh legends of Arthur.