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PorthmadogUnited Kingdom

A charming harbour town on the Glaslyn Estuary in Gwynedd, North Wales, Porthmadog makes the ideal base for exploring the rugged coves and inlets of the Cambrian Coast.

Backed by the mountainous Welsh countryside and facing the dramatic sweep of Cardigan Bay, the town will make the perfect destination for an unforgettable Welsh break.

Boasting a rich maritime history, easy access to Snowdonia National Park and a pretty seaside setting, Porthmadog combines some of the best qualities Wales has to offer. Throw in a vibrant culture and heritage train line, and you can see why Porthmadog draws visitors from all across the UK.

Located in an historic part of Wales, Porthmadog has some fantastic history right on its doorstep. Both Harlech and Caernarfon Castles are within a 30-minute drive of the town while the impressive Conwy Castle lies a little further up the coast. All three castles are on the UNESCO World Heritage list thanks to their beautifully preserved structures and historical importance.

The culture in Porthmadog is distinctly Welsh, with around 75% of the population speaking the language as a mother tongue. Independent craft shops sell a variety of locally made products and many of the restaurants and bakeries offer a choice of regional produce.

Visitors wanting to learn more about the area’s cultural history should head to the fascinating Porthmadog Maritime Museum on Oakley Wharf. Here, a variety of displays chronicle the town’s rise from tiny harbour settlement to international maritime centre.

With both the Ffestiniog Railway and the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway passing through the town, Porthmadog is a fantastic destination for heritage rail enthusiasts. Both routes are easy to access from the town centre and offer passengers fantastic views of the surrounding area. Of the two lines, the Ffestiniog Railway is longer and more varied, though both trips make fun family days out.

With five beaches within a stone’s throw of Porthmadog, visitors to the town can enjoy bracing coastal walks in the winter and relaxing days by the sea in the summer. If you’re looking for wide expanses of sand, the seaward beaches are perfect. For calmer waters and smaller bays, head to the sands along the estuary. Telly addicts may well recognise the nearby beach in the village of Portmeirion, made famous by cult 1960s TV The Prisoner.

With the Irish Sea on one side and Snowdonia National Park on the other, it’s no surprise that Porthmadog makes a fantastic destination for visitors looking to explore the Welsh landscape.

Visitors staying in Porthmadog have a fantastic variety of activities to choose from including walking, pony trekking, climbing, cycling, surfing, water skiing, quad biking and abseiling.

A vast network of walks crisscross the nearby Snowdonia National Park, with all ages, abilities and fitness levels catered for.

With its stunning location, wide range of activities and distinctive Welsh feel, Porthmadog is a truly unique destination that offers something for everyone. Whether you’re looking to climb the formidable Mount Snowdon, explore the National Park by rail, learn about Welsh history in a real life castle or relax on a wide sandy beach, Porthmadog has it all.

Top hotels in Porthmadog

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Aberdunant Hall
Aberdunant Hall
3.5 out of 5
Prenteg, Porthmadog, Wales
£100
per night
3 May-4 May

Situated in a national park, this hotel is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Aberglaslyn Pass and within 6 miles (10 km) of Gelert's Grave and Black Rock Sands. Sygun Copper ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (125 reviews)

"if your a outdoor person this is the perfect place to recover, 5 stars all the way"…"

Reviewed on 25 Dec 2019

Aberdunant Hall
Royal Sportsman Hotel
Royal Sportsman Hotel
3 out of 5
131 High St, Porthmadog, Wales

Situated in Porthmadog, this hotel is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Black Rock Sands and within 6 miles (10 km) of Portmeirion Sands and Portmeirion Central Piazza. Criccieth ...

3.8/5Good! (15 reviews)
Nice stay

"Clean and tidy, pleasant stay, nice food in the bar and an extensive menu in the restaurant. Would definitely stay again on my next trip to Porthmadog"…"

Reviewed on 18 Dec 2019

Royal Sportsman Hotel
Tudor Lodge
Tudor Lodge
3.5 out of 5
Penamser Road, Porthmadog, Wales
Free cancellation
£96
per night
14 Apr-15 Apr

Situated in the suburbs, this guesthouse is within 6 mi (10 km) of Portmeirion Sands, Portmeirion Central Piazza and Criccieth Castle. Aberglaslyn Pass and Harlech ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (56 reviews)

"Amazingly warm welcome to a beautifully designed, generously appointed and comfortable room within driving distance to everything we wanted to see in the Snowdonia area, so much so we decided to stay a second night. Our host was friendly, helpful and nothing was too much trouble including the amazingly ..."…"

Reviewed on 18 Feb 2020

Tudor Lodge

Popular things to do in Porthmadog

Black Rock Sands
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Black Rock Sands

Why not spend a lazy afternoon at Black Rock Sands during your trip to Talsarnau? While you're in the area, stroll along the beaches.

Mount Snowdon
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Mount Snowdon

4.5/5(303 reviews)

Mount Snowdon lies at the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, an area of unspoiled natural beauty in Central Wales. At 3,560 feet, it is the tallest mountain in Wales and the tallest in the UK outside the Scottish Highlands. The range of routes leading to the higher reaches of the mountain, however, makes it a firm favourite with families and you don’t have to be an expert climber or hiker to access some of the most stunning views in the UK.

Bangor University
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Bangor University

4/5(28 reviews)

Founded in 1884 and set in the heart of beautiful North Wales, Bangor University has been undergoing huge investment, which has helped make it a highly desirable place to study.

Caernarfon Castle
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Caernarfon Castle

4.5/5(169 reviews)

Caernarfon Castle, located at the mouth of the River Seiont on the North Wales coast, is perhaps the most architecturally impressive and imposing of all the castles in Wales.

Barmouth Beach
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Barmouth Beach

4.5/5(95 reviews)

Barmouth, on the edge of the dramatically beautiful Mawddach Estuary, has one of the most stunning beaches along the coast of Snowdonia, and is a candidate for one of the most beautiful beaches in Britain.

Harlech Castle
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Harlech Castle

4.5/5(71 reviews)

Harlech Castle is a stunning medieval fort rising high above Snowdonia National Park and listed by UNESCO as one of Wales' six World Heritage Sites. The castle has had a prominent role in many of the definitive moments in British history and is an unmissable stop on any tour of North Wales.

Top activities in Porthmadog

1 DAY SNOWDONIA AND THE 3 CASTLES TOUR
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1 DAY SNOWDONIA AND THE 3 CASTLES TOUR

£60
Per adult
1 DAY PORTMEIRION, CASTLES AND SNOWDONIA TOUR
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1 DAY PORTMEIRION, CASTLES AND SNOWDONIA TOUR

£60
Per adult

Reviews of Porthmadog

4.5

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

1 Nov 2019

Three excellent narrow gauge railways to visit.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

9 Oct 2019

great place and would surely return.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

15 Sep 2019

Easy walking distance from the house.We took both the festiniog and welsh highland railways from the station by the harbour,both great days out.Tremadog itself has 2 good pubs serving food,a great a la carte restaurant and an excellent chip shop.

4/5 - Good

Dave

5 Sep 2019

Definitely need to book evening meal tables before arriving at the hotel. A good base to explore the coast and countryside

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

24 Aug 2019

Like the place very much will be moving to the area.

4/5 - Good

janet

7 Aug 2019

Borth Y Fest was a beautiful spot recommend a visit.