Machynlleth is a mix of hippie living and Welsh heritage. It is known as the ancient capital of Wales and it is believed that the country’s first parliament was established here in 1404. The late medieval slate Owain Glyndwr Parliament House in the main street displays some of the history of the parliament and the nationalist hero Glyndwr. The Museum of Modern Art for Wales is a combined art gallery and converted chapel that displays permanent and changing exhibitions off Welsh art work. The Tabernacle chapel is a 400 seat auditorium that boats recording-standard acoustics. It is the scene of August’s impressive week-long Gwyl Machynlleth Festival of classical music. Because the town is so close to mountains and valleys, it offers challenging hikes and walking trails. Cader Idris is the main mountain. The area is also a center for mountain biking, and the route information can be obtained from the Holey Trail or Greenstiles.