Explore the ancient capital of Wales with me, a retired police officer turned tour guide, who calls this town home. On this walking tour through Machynlleth, we’ll delve into its history, spanning from Celtic times through to the Roman occupation, and the Welsh rebellion in the early 1400s.
We’ll find out why the town is known as the ancient capital of Wales, how the leader of a rebellion against the English came to be crowned Prince of Wales, and where his inauguration took place.
• Taking in historical sites including the Machynlleth Town Clock, the Y Plas, and Owain Glyndŵr's Parliament House
• Hearing stories about how the town was almost destroyed during the civil war that engulfed the country, and why
• Finding out why an old smithy was disguised and hidden from view
• Seeing one of most eye-catching buildings erected to celebrate the 21st birthday of the son of the ‘Lord of the Manor’
This hour-long walk starts at Machynlleth station and ends at the former Machynlleth Union Workhouse, now a community hospital.
Cover photo by Matt Neale