Porthmadog

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

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.

Golden Fleece Inn Tremadog
Golden Fleece Inn Tremadog
3 out of 5
Market Square, Porthmadog, Wales, LL49 9RB
The price is £79 per night from 21 Aug to 22 Aug
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly inn in Porthmadog. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff in their ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (104 reviews)
Friendly Inn for a few nights away
"A nice friendly run Inn. Food was excellent - great portion sizes although could do with more veg and salad with some meals. Parking is unreserved so you have to find your own space on the roads - saying that we had no issues with this. Room was clean and shower was good."

Reviewed on 5 Jul 2022

Golden Fleece Inn Tremadog
Tudor Lodge
Tudor Lodge
3.5 out of 5
Penamser Road, Porthmadog, Wales, LL49 9NY
The price is £114 per night from 21 Aug to 22 Aug
Stay at this 3.5-star guesthouse in Porthmadog. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the clean rooms in their ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (129 reviews)
Solo trip
"Very friendly service provided which made for an excellent experience for me. The hotel is in walking distance of shops, bars and restaurants."

Reviewed on 2 Aug 2022

Tudor Lodge
Aberdunant Hall
Aberdunant Hall
3.5 out of 5
Prenteg, Porthmadog, Wales, LL49 9SR
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £117 per night from 4 Sep to 5 Sep
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Porthmadog. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (205 reviews)
"Stay was amazing, lovely accommodation with a great view of Snowdon. Special thank you to Jo who made a 4 year old very happy."

Reviewed on 7 Aug 2022

Aberdunant Hall
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Aberdunant Caravans Direct
Aberdunant Caravans Direct
2 out of 5
Aberdunant Hall Holiday Park, Prenteg, Porthmadog, Wales, LL49 9SR
The price is £95 per night from 21 Aug to 22 Aug
Stay at this campsite in Porthmadog. Enjoy free parking, WiFi and a terrace. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in their reviews. Popular ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (46 reviews)
Woodland paradise
"A lovely woodland paradise and the accommodation was so clean and in superb condition. We had a lovely time and will definitely return"

Reviewed on 2 Jun 2022

Aberdunant Caravans Direct
Sea View Holiday Cottage Porthmadog
Sea View Holiday Cottage Porthmadog
Porthmadog, Wales
Stay at this holiday home in Porthmadog. Enjoy WiFi, on-site parking and an in-room DVD player. Popular attractions Harlech Castle and Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (27 reviews)
"The sign on the door announces this is the ‘Happy Place’ - and it truly is! Bright and airy, beautifully clean, this apartment has stunning estuary views and lifts the spirits in any weather. The Ffestiniog steam railway is on the door step and an easy stroll round to Borth-y Gest to lunch was great ..."

Reviewed on 10 Aug 2022

Sea View Holiday Cottage Porthmadog
The Old Cornhill
The Old Cornhill
3.5 out of 5
Porthmadog, Wales
Stay at this 3.5-star golf cottage in Porthmadog. Enjoy free WiFi, a garden and a kitchen. Popular attractions Harlech Castle and Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland ...
The Old Cornhill
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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