A trip to Machynlleth

800px-Machynlleth_-_PowysABERYSTWYTH is a great town, but sometimes we all get a little cabin fever. The problem is the Aberystwyth bubble and where can we go on the student budget? The solution is very simple – Machynlleth.

Eighteen miles away, only half an hour by train, Machynlleth is the ancient capital of Wales. With return train tickets less than seven pounds, Machynlleth is the best place to get rid of that cabin fever and can keep any bored student entertained.

After a short walk from the train station, you’ll find yourself in the centre of town. There you will discover the town’s crowning jewel – the clock tower. Recently restored, this impressive piece of architecture needs to be seen to be fully appreciated. This is the first of many interesting tourist hotspots in the town. The Royal House is another, which now houses a café and bakery. Though one of the most impressive is the Plas Machynlleth. Built in the 17th century for the Marquises of Londonberry, the old stately home can be found in the middle of Machynlleth’s park. It is now home to a café and an art shop. The houses location makes it an ideal rest spot after enjoying one of the town’s many walks.

If the Royal House and Plas don’t tickle your fancy then there are a number of other cafés along the high street. Including a vegetarian café and a small bistro. All them are affordable and offer a range of homemade sandwiches.

There also are a wide variety of shops available in Machynlleth, including a wide variety of antique shops, second hand bookshops and a material shop for the budding crafters. Though the most interesting shop by far is Ian Snows, which sells a vast variety of different objects from clothes to tarot cards. If you’re looking for something different or that special present then Ian Snows is the place to go.

Overall, Machynlleth is a lovely place to go if you’re in need of an Aber-free day. The town is full of character and gives you a great taste of the welsh countryside. Most importantly, it doesn’t break the bank.