Home to the 15th Century Welsh rebel parliament, the town of Machynllethis known locally as the “Ancient Capital of Wales”. Skirting the southern edge of Snowdonia National Park, it is an ideal retreat and delightful spot from which to explore the best of rural Wales.
While remote, the area has a surprising diversity of activities on offer. Machynllethhas grown very little over the centuries, but it is nevertheless a thriving town that offers unrivalled outdoor sports, a popular weekly market, a historic steam train and perhaps unexpectedly – the Welsh Museum of Modern Art.
Architecture in MachynllethThe streets of this quaint little town exude history. At its centre is the Victorian Town Clock. Recently restored, this remarkable timepiece is the location of a bustling weekly market. Machynllethis also known for its timber-framed buildings, the oldest of which is a merchant’s dwelling dating back to the 1500s. Understated but nevertheless impressive, the architecture here is a must-see for any keen historian.
Shopping in MachynllethAmong its architectural heritage, Machynlleth has some quirky little curiosity shops, perfect for picking up a gift or souvenir. The town also hosts a weekly market, which has been running for more than 700 years. The market has remained remarkably unchanged, although it now incorporates a broad range of international food stalls to complement its delicious local produce. You’re certain to find something to whet your appetite.
Festivals in MachynllethIf you prefer your rural retreats with a bit of edge, Machynllethwon’t disappoint. Every May, the sound of laughter pours from the town’s bubbling bars and pubs as Machynlleth Comedy Festival takes over. Good fun for anyone who likes a giggle, this is a great way to spend an evening. Come in August to catch the more family-friendly Machynlleth Festival, offering theatre, jazz and children’s entertainment.
Art in MachynllethBelieve it or not, this tiny rural town is in fact home to the Welsh Museum of Modern Art. Located in an old chapel here, known as the Tabernacle, MoMAopened in the 1980s and has steadily grown since then. The museum has a perpetually changing exhibition of modern Welsh art, as well as a 350-seat theatre for music, lectures and cinema showings. Art lovers will be spoiled for choice.
Corris Railway in MachynllethThe first narrow gauge steam train railway in Wales, Corris Railwayopened in the 1850s, but was dismantled in the 1940s. However, a group of local enthusiasts banded together and in 2002, a section of the railway reopened with a replica steam train. Run by passionate staff, this great afternoon visit is both educational for the grown ups and fun for the kids, and is a wonderful way to experience the heritage of this quirky little town.
Enjoy MachynllethThis small but culture-packed Welsh town makes the perfect getaway for the family, for a couple or just for you. Search online for deals to Machynllethand book your trip with Expedia today.