Barmouth in Mid Wales
Barmouth, or Abermaw or even Y Bermo as it is known in Welsh, is southern Snowdonia's most popular seaside resort with breathtaking views of Cardigan Bay and the picturesque harbour. The town's beach, Abermaw, is west facing with a mixture of sand and some fine shingle and is ideal for bathing and watersports.
The town can get busy, a land train runs along the promenade and there are traditional donkey rides, swing boats and amusement arcades. Barmouth beach is vast with good disabled access to the beach and all leisure amenities, including a full range of shops, cafes and pubs are within a short distance. There are several delightful walks of varying distance which start in Barmouth and follow routes into the hills beyond.
Visit southern Snowdonia's most popular seaside resort ...
"With a fine sea view in front, the mountains behind, the glorious estuary running eight miles inland, and Cadair Idris within compass of a day's walk, Barmouth can always hold its own against any rival." These are the words of William Wordsworth who visited Barmouth in the 19th century, and it would be fair to say that today’s visitors wouldn’t disagree with him. The seaside town, that is one of Wales’ most popular resorts, is gloriously located on the Mawddach estuary and its blue flag beach is like a golden carpet laid out in front of the towering Snowdownian backdrop.
The harbour, the townhouse and the roundhouse are all situated in Barmouth’s picturesque old town that is awash with character and charm. Indeed when J.R.Tolkien visited in the early 20th century he was so smitten with it that he used it as a model for the town of Hobbiton in The Lord of The Rings. Away from the sandy beaches, donkey rides, arcades and promenades there is plenty more to see and do, including the RLNI Lifeboat Museum and the Ty Gwyn Museum, whilst the ferry to Fairbourne comes highly recommended for different view of Barmouth.
Barmouth is also the starting point for the famous 3 Peaks Yacht Race, a gruelling challenge that takes in the highest mountains of Wales, England and Scotland. For those not wishing to travel quite so far the town also serves as an excellent base to explore nearby Harlech Castle, Shell Island, Portmeirion and of course, Cadair Idris.
What's On in Barmouth
Talyllyn, Tywyn, Gwynedd, LL36 9AJ (8 miles, 12 km)
Situated at the heart of Snowdonia, Dolffanog Fach nestles by the side of Talyllyn lake and at the foot of the awe inspiring mountain of Cadair Idris. A welcoming and restful retreat, away from the strains of everyday life.
Guest Accommodation with 4 rooms, £80-£110 prpnb
Hendy Farm, Tywyn, Gwynedd, LL36 9RU (9 miles, 15 km)
A warm welcome awaits you at Hendy, situated in the Snowdonia National Park. Enjoy Self Catering accommodation on a working farm with the privilege of its own halt on the Talyllyn Narrow Gauge Railway.
Self-catering with 5 units, £210-£775 pupw sleeps 1-6
Y Brif Heol, Dyffryn Ardudwy, Gwynedd, LL44 2BE (5 miles, 8 km)
A beautiful small Hotel with a fine dining and standard restaurant snug, bar and conservatory. There are 7 en-suite rooms, 4 with front sea views.. There is also a chalet to the rear which is perfect for families and less able people.
Guest House with 8 rooms, £90 prpn, £55-£110 prpnb
Friog, Fairbourne, Gwynedd, LL38 2NX (2 miles, 4 km)
Sea views - 4 star Georgian B&B, Southern Snowdonia, near Dolgellau opposite Barmouth. Beach 5mins walk from B&B, beautiful scenery, The Mawddach Trail, Wales Coastal Path & Blue Lake, & Sensational sunsets. Great Walks & Cycle trails.
Guest House with 5 rooms, £30-£42 pppnb
Islawrdref, Dolgellau, Gwynedd, LL401TL (5 miles, 9 km)
This carefully restored & extended 18th Century farmhouse lies at the foot of Cader Idris mountain amongst breathtaking scenery. All bedrooms en-suite with superb mountain views.
Farmhouse with 2 rooms, £86 prpnb
Glandwr, Barmouth, Gwynedd, LL42 1TG (1 miles, 2 km)
Both rooms are 2nd floor & south facing, offering stunning views of the Mawddach Estuary & Cader Idris range. Glandwr Mill, an idyllic location, nestled away beside the Mawddach Estuary less than 2 miles from Barmouth
Guest House with 2 rooms, £44-£51 pppn, £60 pppnb
Dolgoch Falls, Bryncrug, Tywyn, Gwynedd, LL36 9UW (7 miles, 12 km)
A group of 4 split-level homes built on the site of an old water mill. Minutes walk from the foot of Dolgoch Falls. Each is individually owned. Ideal location for walking, fishing, birdwatching, golf, steam-railways, water sports & beaches.
Self-catering with 4 units, £235-£895 pupw sleeps 1-8
Llanaber, Barmouth, Gwynedd, LL42 1RR (2 miles, 4 km)
Llwyndu Farmhouse stands at the base of the Rhinog Mountains overlooking Cardigan Bay with stunning views over the Lleyn Peninsula and just a couple of miles north of Barmouth on the coast of Snowdonia. 2 Family, 4 Doubles, 1 Twin.
Guest Accommodation with 7 rooms, £95-£124 prpnb
Llwyngwril, Gwynedd, LL37 2JB (4 miles, 7 km)
Llwyngwril Gallery has recently been converted to create two exceptionally spacious and luxurious units that are full of character. The Gallery theme is retained with works of art by local artists.
Self-catering with 2 units, £500-£850 pupw sleeps 2-8
Tywyn, Gwynedd, LL36 9RY (9 miles, 14 km)
Local authority owned site situated in the grounds of an old manor house and woodlands, offers excellent facilities. Ideal base for walkers, cyclists, climbers, fishing and water sports. Open April - October.
Holiday, Touring & Camping Park with 86 pitches, £14-£27 ptpn