Barmouth, or Abermaw or even Y Bermo as it is known in Welsh, has officially been 'Beautiful' for over a century.
The town developed on the back of the shipbuilding industry, lying as it does on the Mawddach river estuary, but then flourished into a popular seaside resort. Its lovely sandy beaches and stunning Snowdonia backdrop have continued to make is a popular holiday destination since the Victorian era. William Wordsworth who visited the town in the nineteenth century said of Barmouth:
"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."
Amongst the notable buildings in the town are the medieval Ty Gwyn tower house and the nineteenth century Ty Crwn roundhouse prison. Another building in the centre of town which has shot to fame - or infamy - in recent years is the 'Arousal Café'. Originally named Carousel Café, the letter C was stolen soon after the sign was put up.
The owner has regularly attempted to replace the C letter, only to find it missing again the following day. At the time of writing, he has ceased trying to reinstate the 'C'.
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