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Skinner's Arms, Machynlleth. Photograph © Gwilym Owen

Machynlleth (sometimes abbreviated to Mach) is a market town in the traditional county of Montgomeryshire (Sir Drefaldwyn), north Powys in Wales. It is in the Dyfi Valley, and is at the intersection of the A487 and the A489. It had a population of about 2,000 people according to the 2001 census.

It was the seat of Owain Glyndŵr's Welsh Parliament in 1404, and as such claims to be the "ancient capital of Wales." It applied for city status in the 2000 and 2002 competitions.

Machynlleth has a market day every Wednesday with a wide variety of stalls and sellers including gardening, fruit and veg, local food producers, music, crafts.

Machynlleth hosted the National Eisteddfod in 1937 and 1981.

History
From 1859 to 1948 it was served by the narrow-gauge Corris Railway, which brought slate from the quarries around Corris and Aberllefenni for onward despatch to the markets.

Machynlleth main-line station was built by the Newtown and Machynlleth Railway, and continues to provide a link to Aberystwyth and the Cambrian coast line to the west and Newtown and Shrewsbury to the east.

The daughter of local landowner Sir John Edwards married Viscount Seaham, the second son of the third Marquess of Londonderry, and they set up home in Plas Machynlleth. He became Earl Vane on the death of his father and the fifth Marquess on the death of his half-brother. To celebrate the 21st birthday of their son, Viscount Castlereagh, the townspeople subscribed to the erection (at the town's main road intersection) of the Clock Tower, which has become widely known as the symbol of Machynlleth. Another son, Lord Herbert Vane-Tempest, was the last member of the family to live at the Plas and was killed in the Abermule train collision on the Cambrian Railways, of which he was a director. The house was given to the townspeople after World War II. In recent years it was converted into the Celtica visitor centre.

Tourism
From 1995 until 2006, Celtica showcased Celtic life using audio-visual displays and exhibitions. Often hyped as having significant cultural importance, it always suffered from poor visitor numbers which ultimately forced its closure. Powys County Council are responsible for deciding what will become of the large mansion-style building gifted to the people of Machynlleth, but talk around town is that it will probably become a new set of council offices.

Even with the current closure of Celtica the primary employment sector remains tourism with a wide range of activity based attractions (for example several mountain bike trails) as well as visitor centres (Centre for Alternative Technology). Agriculture clearly continues to play a significant part in the make-up of the town and surrounding area as well. Another important local industry and employer is the renewable energy sector. The area now has a rapidly expanding renewable energy industry with several small to medium sized companies now operating in or around the town.

The town has a large market on Wednesdays which appeals to both locals and tourists. The Wales Museum of Modern Art, MOMA, presents lunchtime talks and performances on market days.


 Trains: Machynlleth is on The Cambrian Line


 Museum: MOMA, Wales


 Theatre: The Tabernacle


 Golf:
 Machynlleth Golf Club
       Newton Road
       Felingerrig
       Machynlleth
       Powys
       SY20 8DU
 01654 702000


 Libraries:
 Machynlleth Library
       Maengwyn Street
       Machynlleth
       Powys SY20 8DY
 01654 702322
 Mon 9:30am-1:00pm 2:00pm- 7:00am
       Tue 9:30am-1:00pm 2:00pm- 5:00am
       Wed 9:30am-1:00pm 2:00pm- 5:00am
       Fri 9:30am-1:00pm 2:00pm- 7:00am
       Sat 9:30am-1:00pm


 Rugby: Machynlleth RFC


 Taxis:
 Lynton Taxis
       Nythfa Tan-yr-Allt Corris
       Machynlleth
       Powys
       SY20 9RL
 01654 702124

 M E Rowlands Taxis
       Cwm Dylluan Forge
       Machynlleth
       Powys
       SY20 8RZ
 01654 702048


 Vets:
 E L L Williams
       Station Yard
       Cemmaes Rd
       Machynlleth
       Powys
       SY20 8LA
 01650 511597

 Cambrian Veterinary Centre
       Graigle
       Graig Fach
       Machynlleth
       Powys
       SY20 8BB
 01654 702444


 Tourist Information Centre

 Telephone:

01654 702401

 Fax:

01654 703675

 Email:

[email protected]

 Address:

Royal House
Penrallt Street
Machynlleth
SY20 8AG

 Hours:

Winter 7 Days 9:30-17:00
Summer
7 Days 9:30 - 17:30


 Pubs/Bars:
 The Black Lion Inn

       Derwenlas
       Machynlleth
       Powys
       SY20 8TN
 01654 703913

 Dyfi Forester Inn

       4 Heol Y Doll
       Machynlleth
       Powys
       SY20 8BQ

 Glyndwr Hotel
       14 Heol Y Doll
       Machynlleth
       Powys
       SY20 8BQ

 The Red Lion

       11 Maengwyn St
       Machynlleth
       Powys
       SY20 8AA
 01654 703323

 The Skinners Arms
       16 Penrallt Street
       Machynlleth
       Powys
       SY20 8AJ
 01654 702354

 Tafarn Dwynant Inn
       Ceinws
       Machynlleth
       Powys
       SY20 9HA
 01654 761660

 The White Lion Hotel
       10 Heol Pentrerhedyn
       Machynlleth
       Powys
       SY20 8DN
 01654 703455

 The Wynnstay Arms Hotel
       Heol Maengwyn
       Machynlleth
       Powys
       SY20 8AE
 01654 70 2941


 Hotels:
 Glyndwr Hotel
       14 Doll Street
       Machynlleth
       Powys
       SY20 8BQ
 01654 703989

 Plas Dolguog Hotel
       Felingerrig
       Machynlleth
       Powys
       SY20 8UJ
 01654 702244

 Riverside Hotel
       Pennal
       Machynlleth
       Powys
       SY20 9DW
 01654 791285

 White Lion Hotel
       Heol Pentrerhedyn
       Machynlleth
       Powys
       SY20 8DN
 01654 703455

 Wynnstay Hotel
       Heol Maengwyn
       Machynlleth
       Powys
       SY20 8AE
 01654 702941


 B&B's/Guesthouses
 Cwm Dylluan>
       Machynlleth
       Powys
       SY20 8RZ 
 01654 702684
 01654 702684
 [email protected]
 http://www.cwmdylluan.co.uk

 Dyfiguest B&B
       20 Ffordd Mynydd Griffiths
       Machynlleth
       Powys
       SY20 8DD 
 01654 702562
 [email protected]
 http://www.dyfiguest.co.uk

 Eryl House B&B
       Newtown road
       Machynlleth
       Powys
       SY20 8EY 
 01654 703591
 01654 703591
 [email protected]
 http://www.erylhouse.co.uk

 Pendre Guest House
       103 Heol Maengwyn
       Machynlleth
       Powys
       SY20 8EE
 01654 702088


 Campsites/Carvans:
 Jones
       Gwerniago
       Pennal
       Machynlleth
       Powys
       SY20 9JX
 01654 791227


 Restaurants:
 Maengwyn Cafe & Restaurant
       57 Heol Maengwyn
       Machynlleth
       Powys
       SY20 8EE
 01654 702126

 Maharani Indian Restaurant
       21 Penrallt Street
       Machynlleth
       Powys
       SY20 8AG
 01654 703088


 Cafes:
 The Quarry Cafe
       Glasgow House
       13 Heol Maengwyn
       Machynlleth
       Powys
       SY20 8EB
 01654 702624

 Rendezvous
       Heol Maengwyn
       Machynlleth
       Powys
       SY20 8EB
 01654 702326


 Take Aways:
 BJ's Bistro
       39 Maengwyn Street
       Machynlleth
       Powys
       SY20 8EB
 01654 703679

 China Garden Take Away
       40 Heol Maengwyn
       Machynlleth
       Powys
       SY20 8DT
 01654 703080

 Dicks Diner (Fish and Chips)
       44 Heol Maengwyn
       Machynlleth
       Powys
       SY20 8DT
 01654 703346

 National Milk Bar
       17-19 Penrallt Street
       Machynlleth
       Powys
       SY20 8AG
 01654 702787

 Richard Roberts
       Heol Iorwerth
       Machynlleth
       Powys
       SY20 8HS
 01654 703220

 Town Kebab House
       49 Heol Maengwyn
       Machynlleth
       Powys
       SY20 8EB
 01654 702249


 Children:
 Machynlleth After School Club
       Sant Mair
       Heol Maengwyn
       Machynlleth
       Powys
       SY20 8EF
 01654 702586

 Machynlleth Community Nursery
       Machynlleth Nursery/Plas Grounds
       Machgwyn Street
       Penegoes
       Machynlleth
       Powys
       SY20 8UW,
 01654 702933


 Riding:
 Carreg Dressage
       Penegoes
       Machynlleth
       Powys
       SY20 8NW
 01650 511222


 Other:
 Machynlleth Bowling Club
       Cae Crwn
       Machynlleth
       Powys
       SY20 8HF
 01654 702628



 

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