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Top Choice Landmark in Machynlleth

Centre for Alternative Technology

A small but dedicated band of enthusiasts have spent 40 years practising sustainability at the thought-provoking CAT, set in a beautiful wooded valley 3 miles north of Machynlleth. Founded in 1974 (well ahead of its…
Top Choice Gastronomy in Machynlleth

Ynyshir Hall

Foraged wild foods, the best local meat and seafood and its own kitchen garden produce give the kitchen at Ynyshir Hall the foundations to concoct some of Wales' most fancied fare. A Michelin-starred restaurant with…
Top Choice Castle in Welshpool (Y Trallwng)

Powis Castle

Surrounded by magnificent gardens, the redbrick Powis Castle was originally constructed in the 13th century by Gruffydd ap Gwenwynwyn, prince of Powys, and subsequently enriched by generations of the Herbert and Cli…
Top Choice Castle in Cardigan (Aberteifi)

Cardigan Castle

Cardigan Castle holds an important place in Welsh culture, having been the venue for the first competitive National Eisteddfod, held in 1176 under the aegis of Lord Rhys ap Gruffydd. Neglected for years, it's sprung…
Top Choice Pub in Llanwrtyd Wells (Llanwrtyd)

Neuadd Arms Hotel

Like any good village pub, the Neuadd Arms is a focal point for the community. There's an interesting menu (mains £7 to £11), half- and full-board rooms (single/double £58/106 and £65/130) and excellent beers brewed…
Top Choice Welsh in Llanwrtyd Wells (Llanwrtyd)

Carlton Riverside

This upscale restaurant has a boutique feel and a mantelpiece groaning under its many awards. There's a basement bar (open Tuesday to Sunday evenings) but the real star here is the restaurant and its superb menu fea…
Top Choice Gallery in Machynlleth

MOMA Machynlleth

Housed partly in the Tabernacle, a neoclassical former Wesleyan chapel (1880), the Museum of Modern Art exhibits work by contemporary Welsh artists as well as an annual international competition (mid-July to late Au…
Top Choice Modern British in Montgomery

Checkers

It's no exaggeration to say that one of the main drawcards of Montgomery is this truly excellent restaurant-with-rooms. The modern French menu, put together from fresh, locally sourced ingredients, and first-rate se…
Top Choice Pub Food in Knighton (Tref-Y-Clawdd)

Red Lion

With its upcycled furniture, tapas-oriented menu (largely making use of produce sourced within 30 miles) and carefully curated drinks (12 whites, 12 reds and beers from 14 different breweries), the Red Lion is a nex…
Top Choice Pub Food in Aberystwyth

Y Ffarmers

This outstanding pub is the main reason to visit the pretty hamlet of Llanfihangel y Creuddyn, 7 miles southeast of Aber. Ostensibly another snug, white-brick house of assembly, it does fantastic Welsh pub food: coc…