Backed by the mountainous Welsh countryside and facing the dramatic sweep ofCardigan Bay, the town will make the perfect destination for an unforgettable Welsh break.
Boasting a rich maritime history, easy access to Snowdonia National Parkand a pretty seaside setting,Porthmadog combines some of the best qualitiesWaleshas to offer. Throw in a vibrant culture and heritage train line, and you can see why Porthmadogdraws visitors from all across the UK.
Located in an historic part of Wales,Porthmadoghas some fantastic history right on its doorstep. BothHarlech andCaernarfon Castlesare within a 30-minute drive of the town while the impressiveConwy 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 inPorthmadogis 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 fascinatingPorthmadog Maritime Museumon Oakley Wharf. Here, a variety of displays chronicle the town’s rise from tiny harbour settlement to international maritime centre.
With both theFfestiniog Railwayand theWelsh Highland Heritage Railwaypassing through the town,Porthmadogis 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 ofPorthmadog, 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 ofPortmeirion, 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 thatPorthmadogmakes a fantastic destination for visitors looking to explore the Welsh landscape.
Visitors staying inPorthmadoghave 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,Porthmadogis a truly unique destination that offers something for everyone. Whether you’re looking to climb the formidableMount Snowdon, explore the National Park by rail, learn about Welsh history in a real life castle or relax on a wide sandy beach,Porthmadoghas it all.