Four miles from Betws-y-coed just off the A5, Penmachno is the main village in the Machno Valley. This tranquil valley is hidden away from the hurly-burly of modern life. Its houses are clustered around a five-arched stone bridge built in 1785. The Eagles Pub (real ale) is just down the road from the cottage and is open from Wednesday to Sunday.
Penmachno is perfectly situated to explore all that the Snowdonia National Park and the Conwy valley has to offer.
In the past the Machno valley had large slate mines providing employment for the residents of Cwm Penmachno and Penmachno. The last mine closed in 1962 and the ruins are still much in evidence. Several sheep farms still use the Machno valley. Near to the 'Roman Bridge' (built in 17th century) is the disused Penmachno Woollen Mill.
Penmachno was an important early Christian centre, evidenced by an outstanding collection of inscribed stones from the late 5th and mid 6th century AD that are to be found in the parish church of St. Tudclud. Built in 1857, it stands in the centre of the village. Just up the road is Ty Mawr Wybrnant, one of the most important houses in the history of the Welsh language, it was once the home of Bishop William Morgan, who is credited with translating the bible into Welsh.
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