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Top Choice Science Centre 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 the Dyfi Unesco Biosphere Reserve, north of Machynlleth. Founded in 1974 (well ahead of it…
Top Choice Gastronomy in Machynlleth

Ynyshir Hall

Foraged wild foods, the best local meat and seafood and his own kitchen-garden produce give Gareth Ward of Ynyshir Hall the foundations to concoct some of Wales' most wonderful food. A Michelin-starred restaurant wi…
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 £9 to £11), bed-and-breakfast rooms (singles/doubles £44/77) and excellent beers brewed in the stable…
Top Choice French in Montgomery

Checkers

One of the main drawcards of Montgomery is this truly excellent restaurant-with-rooms. With an inquisitive modern-French approach to fresh, locally sourced ingredients, first-rate service, and dishes such as steamed…
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 an upstairs bar (open Tuesday to Sunday evenings), but the real star here is the restaurant and its superb menu f…
Top Choice Tapas in Aberystwyth

Ultracomida

Aber is lucky to have Ultracomida – an importer, deli and restaurant that's clearly motivated by a personal love of all things Iberian. Out front is an exceptional collection of Spanish charcuterie, cheese, dry good…
Top Choice Pub Food in Aberystwyth

Y Ffarmers

Gutted by fire in early 2018 but painstakingly restored, 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…
Top Choice Gallery in Machynlleth

MOMA Machynlleth

Housed partly in the Tabernacle, a former Wesleyan chapel, the Museum of Modern Art exhibits work by contemporary Welsh artists in a permanent collection supplemented by ever-changing temporary exhibitions. The chap…