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Porthmadog
Travel Guide

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.

Golden Fleece Inn Tremadog
Golden Fleece Inn Tremadog
3 out of 5
Market Square, Porthmadog, Wales
The price is £69 per night from 20 Jun to 20 Jun
Situated in Porthmadog, this inn is 1.5 mi (2.3 km) from Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways and within 6 miles (10 km) of Black Rock Sands and Snowdonia National ...
4/5Very Good! (84 reviews)
"nice pleasant stay at the inn. only downside is that it is 20 mins outside of Portmadog but only 5 mins from bus which stops right outside"

Reviewed on 14 Oct 2020

Golden Fleece Inn Tremadog
Aberdunant Hall
Aberdunant Hall
3.5 out of 5
Prenteg, Porthmadog, Wales
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £135 per night from 28 Jun to 28 Jun
Situated in a national park, this hotel is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Aberglaslyn Pass and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Snowdonia National Park. Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (142 reviews)
"Lovely cabin and close to amenities. Lovely woodland setting."

Reviewed on 27 May 2021

Aberdunant Hall
Royal Sportsman Hotel
Royal Sportsman Hotel
3 out of 5
131 High St, Porthmadog, Wales
The price is £121 per night from 20 Jun to 20 Jun
Situated in Porthmadog, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Black Rock Sands. Portmeirion Central ...
4/5Very Good! (29 reviews)
"Shower not working. No discount offered as a result."

Reviewed on 5 May 2021

Royal Sportsman Hotel
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Modern Home With Spectacular sea / Estuary and Mountain Views
Modern Home With Spectacular sea / Estuary and Mountain Views
South Snowdon Wharf, 27, Porthmadog, WLS
Situated on the waterfront, this holiday home is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways and within 3 miles (5 km) of Black Rock Sands and ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (48 reviews)
Lovely stay in a fabulous place
"Thank you so much for a wonderful few days. The property is excellent and everything we needed. Hope to stay again later in the year 👍"

Reviewed on 18 May 2021

Modern Home With Spectacular sea / Estuary and Mountain Views
Home on the Harbour With Great Views
Home on the Harbour With Great Views
5 Amanda Terrace, Harbourside House, Porthmadog, WLS
Situated on the beach, this romantic cottage is within 1 mile (2 km) of Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways and Black Rock Sands. Portmeirion Central Piazza ...
Home on the Harbour With Great Views
Vacation Home Greenacres in Porthmadog - 4 Persons, 2 Bedrooms
Vacation Home Greenacres in Porthmadog - 4 Persons, 2 Bedrooms
Address Provided by Property Manager, Porthmadog, WLS
Situated in Porthmadog, this holiday home is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Black Rock Sands and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways. Portmeirion Central ...
Vacation Home Greenacres in Porthmadog - 4 Persons, 2 Bedrooms
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