Machynlleth is a small market town with a population of some 2,000. It stands at the head of the beautiful Dyfi estuary in Powys, Mid Wales. When Machynlleth is mentioned one thinks of "alternative,” "ageing hippies", "rain" and "Welsh.” An unusual mix but it seems to work and as a holiday destination Machynlleth has a lot going for it. You will find sellers of arts and crafts, demonstrations of renewable energy sources, mountain bike trails, beautiful scenery, and Welsh history. All in one small Welsh town.
For such a small town it has a lot of history - its claims to fame being the location of the coronation of the Welsh rebel Owain Glyndwr as Prince of Wales in 1404, and for the parliament that followed. There are several historic buildings in the town including the medieval town house known as "The Parliament House" in Maengwyn Street, which now houses an interpretive centre dealing with Owain Glyndwr. Another is "Royal House" located at the junction of Garsiwn Lane and Penrallt Street, possibly built in the 1300's and where Charles I is reputed to have stayed in 1644.
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