Places to visit

Exploring the local towns and villages

There are lots of unique and historical places to discover and explore nearby. These are just a few of our favourite places to visit.

The picturesque harbour viallage of Aberdyfi

Aberdyfi

Aberdyfi, also known as Aberdovey, is our nearest village just 3 miles away, and what a pretty village it is! With a great beach, links golf course, boutique shops, cafes, top restaurants and 3 pubs, there’s plenty to keep you busy.

In Welsh, Aberdyfi translates as the mouth of the Dyfi, and is where the Dyfi Estuary runs out into Cardigan Bay. The village is located in the Snowdonia National Park, and has been popular with tourists since Victorian times.

In the summer months, there’s always something going on – there’s a food & drink festival, Dovey Festival,  fireworks and more! Find out more.

Whether you spell it the Welsh way (Aberdyfi) or the English way (Aberdovey) is pronounced the same(dyfi/ dovey rhymes with lovey), and is the same place!

Machynlleth Clock Tower
The clock tower at the market town of Machynlleth

Macyhnlleth

Machynlleth is our local town and is steeped in Welsh history. It’s the site of national hero Owain Glyndŵr’s 1404 Parliament – the original Senedd. The Owain Glyndŵr Centre is the local history museum that tells his story.

The town is full of independent shops offering local crafts and the eco influence of CAT is felt, There’s also the MOMA (museum of modern art) and plenty of cosy cafes.

Wednesday is market day and has been since 1291. It’s a great opportunity for picking up a few local goodies and people watching.

 

Portmeirion Village is unique in design and style

Portmeirion Village

Designed by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis in 1925, Portmerion was built in imitation of a rustic Italian village, to demonstrate how a naturally beautiful place could be developed without spoiling it.

Portmeirion is famous for being the location of iconic 1960’s TV show ‘Prisoner’ and the music & art festival, Festival No 6

Sitting at the feet of Snowdonia it makes for a charming dislocation that is truly unique. Portmerion’s place in popular culture has been set in stone as a result.

 

The ruins of Harlech Castle

Harlech Castle

Did you know there are more than 600 castles in Wales, more per square mile than anywhere in the world? Wales really is king of the castle!

Harlech Castle sits proudly above the beach and cliffs of the Snowdonia coastline. It has a colourful history including being the main residence of Welsh prince Owain Glyndŵr between 1404 and 1409.

We also love the fabulous scenery you see just getting there. The local train service goes directly from Aberdyfi and hugs the spectacular coastline all the way. There’s also a great sandy beach and pretty town to keep you busy.

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