Another family-friendly activity with a bit of mystery, King Arthur’s Labyrinth is an underground boat ride and tour through subterranean Southern Snowdonia (you even pass beneath an underground waterfall), accompanied by a boatsman/storyteller who shares the legends of King Arthur.
This rare opportunity takes you into the old Braich Goch slate mine, in Mid Wales, which was first worked in 1836 and abandoned by the miners around 40 years ago. More than 130 years of history is captured inside waiting to be discovered. All of the Corris Mine explorations into the old Braich Goch slate mine start from the Corris Craft Centre. Advanced booking is essential, minimum age is 8.
An education, research and visitor centre in Machynlleth, the CAT aims to test and demonstrate sustainability in action with experiments open to public including those in environmental building, eco-sanitation, woodland management, renewable energy, energy efficiency and organic growing. Learn about the future of sustainability!
Looking for a lesson in local history? Visit the Owain Glyndwr Centre on the High Street in Machynlleth. Here, you can learn about Owain Glyndwr, the 15th century Prince of Wales and a heroic figure who united Wales against English rule and advocated for the labouring class. A gorgeous mural depicting the Battle of Hyddge adorns one wall.
Our kids love this activity in Machynlleth! Proprietors Barry & Luce Macdonald provide an array of experiences with birds of prey for kids, adults, and families, including an introduction to falconry (training birds of prey) and other immersive educational opportunities.
This small zoo near Aberystwyth houses and cares for animals that have come up against a run of bad luck. Primates, big cats, kangaroos, reptiles, exotic birds and other abandoned exotic pets all find their new home here. Take the family to visit the animals from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. April through October and 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. November through March.
This coastal village is more than worth a visit. Arrive here after a pleasant journey along the coast, only 20 minutes from the house by car. Crabbing off the pier is a highlight for the children – you can pick up bait and buckets on the High Street. While you're there, also enjoy some delicious Welsh ice cream and good fudge from The Sweet Shop.
The beach at Borth is quite stunning and worth a visit. Two miles of sandy beach, which is perfect for small children, head south from the Dyfi Nature Reserve.
Spectacularly sited Harlech Castle seems to grow naturally from the rock on which it is perched. Like an all seeing sentinel, it gazes out across land and sea, keeping a watchful eye over Snowdonia. A fantastic day out can be found visiting the castle and surrounding area. Stop in at the Llew Glas cafe for a lovely tea.
The Mach Loop is a set of valleys, situated between Dolgellau in the north, and Machynlleth in the south which are regularly used for low level flight training, with flying as low as 250 feet from the nearest terrain. Absolutely stunning towatch these jets just above the house, get your camera ready.
For more Owain Glyndwr history and mythology, visit St. Peter ad Vincula, a parish church built in the 6th century and the site of the last senate meeting held by Owain Glyndwr. Here you will also find a copy of Glyndŵr’s “Pennal Letter” of 1406, which outlined for the King of France his plans for an independent Wales. Stop in for a visit before lunch or a pint at the Riverside just across the street.
The Welsh countryside, as you would imagine, is a gorgeous setting for a tranquil game of golf. Two courses to try are the Aberdovey Golf Club, an 18-hole links course with exceptional views of the coast and mountains, and Machynlleth Golf Club, a 9-hole heathland course also blessed with lovely countryside and mountain scenery.