Machynlleth is situated in Powys in Mid-Wales and is frequently referred to simply as Mach. Although a relatively small market town, it offers much for visitors who are looking for a quiet and quaint place to visit. The town itself dates back to ancient times and many believe that it may have once been the capital of Wales. Today, it is the home of a Bohemian community that thrives and is also home to a host of organic farming communities in the surrounding area. Visitors will find ample dining and accommodation options in Machynlleth and the local vicinity.
Machynlleth is a welsh market town that is located within the area of Powys. The town is located within the Dyfi Valley where the A487 and the A489 intersect with each other.
The town was the area for welsh parliament in 1404 and because of this historical fact the town can claim to be the ancient capital of Wales. Despite the town claiming to be the ancient capital of Wales it has never actually been an official capital. The town did apply to be recognised as a city both in the 2000 and 2002 competition. The town hosted the National Eisteddford in 1937 and then again in 1981.
There is a long history with the town for being a settlement area. During the late 1990's the radiocarbon dating of the town showed that mining of copper had taken place within the town and also about a mile outside the town centre during the Early Bronze Age.
The Romans settled in the area and they built a small Roman fort in the area of Pennal which is located four miles to the west of Machynlleth. The town was granted Royal Charter in 1291 by Edward the first. He granted the permission to Owen de la Pole who was better known as the Lord of Powys. This permission also allowed the town to hold a market every Wednesday and also permission to hold two fairs very year. The market that is held on a Wednesday is still very popular and it has been going for over seven hundred years.