Machynlleth audio tour: A Walk Around Machynlleth: The Ancient Capital of Wales

A Walk Around Machynlleth: The Ancient Capital of Wales

Walking Tour

60 mins

About the Tour

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.

Highlights include:

• 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.

Image credit:
Cover photo by Matt Neale

Tour Producer


Sean Westlake

I am a retired police officer and an official Wales Tourist Guide. I run motorcycle tours and have started providing motorcycle and sidecar tours for two people in and around Mid and North Wales, an area I policed for thirty years.

Major Landmarks

  • Museum of Modern Art

  • Town Clock

  • Old Parliament Building

Directions to Starting Point

The tour begins at the towns railway station. There is a car park outside the entrance. If you travel by bus, the bus station is opposite the railway station car park.
The postcode for the railway station is SY20 8BL
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There are public toilets at the station.

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Places to stop along the way

There are several placed to pause your tour as you walk around and enter the specific locations, MOMA the Museum of Modern Art Wales, The Plas and the Owain Glyndwr Parliament Building is a must. Some of the locations on the tour have cafes where you can get tea/coffee and light refreshments.
There are plenty of restrants and hotels offering more substantial meals if required throughout the town.

Best time of day

You can walk this tour at anytime. between nine and five you will find plenty of cafes open in the town and some of the highlights will be open as well.


Machynlleth is a very safe place to walk around. You need have no fear of problems as you stroll around the town.


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A Walk Around Machynlleth: The Ancient Capital of Wales