Around Barmouth

 

Barmouth HarbourThere's lots to see and do in and around Barmouth. Whether you are on foot, bike, motorbike or car, there's something for you.

 

In Barmouth itself there are many places to dine, shop for souveniers, amusements, leisure centre, sightseeing and not forgetting the award winning blue flag beaches. You can visit the museum above Davey Jones Locker, see the drunkards lock-up (Ty Crwn), look around the lifeboat, visit the library or the tourist information centre. Those of you with children will simply love crabbing off the quayside or the point.

 

In addition to all this you can catch the ferry boat across the estuary and catch the steam train to Fairbourne Station. From there you can either make the return journey or catch the main train at the main station nearby.

For the more adventurous you can make the walk back over the wooden railway bridge with breathtaking views up the estuary.

 

Hikers will simply love the panoramic walk or take the walk across the railway bridge and turn left to walk along to Penmaenpool on what was the old railway junction line to Dolgellau. This was featured in 'Railway Walks' with Julia Bradbury on TV recently.

 

Llanfair Slate CavernFor those of you who wish to venture outside Barmouth, travel North and you can visit the Llanfair Slate Caverns and experience what it really was like for men and boys as young as 12 working to extract slate from the depths of the earth in treacherous conditions. You can see some of the original artefacts and tools used at the time in the cavern.

It is all quite safe now and you are provided with a hard-hat and torch to make the experience even more excitable.

 

You can play golf, go swimming, or visit the castle at Harlech which is well worth a visit. These places can be reached easily by the regular mainline train, car and bike, or for the very fit - by walking!

 

 

portmeirionFurther North you can visit Pormeirion Italianate village which is a fantastic place to visit.

It was made famous in the 1960's when it was used to film a cult series called 'Prisoner'.

The ingenious designs of the buildings have simply to be admired. There is a resturant and shops on site.

 

Keep going North and you arrive at Portmadog where you can hop on a train and experience the thrills of the Snowdonia National Park to the full by rail. Alternatively you can spend the afternoon shopping in the busy town or take a stroll through the lane at the back of the boatyards to a lovely quiet place called Borth-y-Gest which leads to some very quaint beaches beyond.

 

Tallylynn Railway - TywynDolgoch FallsIf instead of travelling North, you wish to travel South from Barmouth, you can catch the mainline train or drive to Tywyn and go on the Tal-y-Llyn Railway. It appears Wales has no shortage of neither slate or trains and it is no coincidence that these two are to be found together. The Tal-y-Llyn Railway was once employed in transporting slate from Nant Gwernol to Tywyn where it was then exported.

 

Whilst on the railway it is worth hopping off at Dolgoch Falls and strolling over the footbridge and down to the waterfall and cave at the bottom.

 

It is safely barricaded for children to visit.

 

Further South you can travel to Aberwystwyth, Aberdovey and beyond.

 

If the weather turns foul then there's always the King Arthurs Labrynth, Craft Centre, Railway and Alternative Technology Centre near Corris.

 

There's always plenty to do... Too many things to be listed here.

 

For further information visitors should visit the Tourist Information Centre which is located in the Barmouth Railway Station. There are many free leaflets available with updated events and attractions worth visiting.