Snowdonia Coast Town Tour by Rail - Day 2

Tuesday - A short trip on the train today to visit Harlech and the Castle; this does involve a steep walk! We return back to Barmouth for the evening.



We return to the station at Barmouth in time to catch the 10.01 Pwllheli train for a twenty-five minute trip; Harlech is the first scheduled stop but there are six request stops that we may also call at.

For notes on our journey today (and the rest of the trip up the line later in the week), click on Points of Interest Barmouth-Pwllheli.

With a population of 2,000, Harlech is dominated by the Castle; begun in 1283 by Edward I and captured and held by Owain Glyndwr from 1404 to 1408, it was later the stronghold of Henry Tudor. Originally built next to the sea, the changing nature of the coastline means that the castle now lies on a cliff face, about half a mile inland. During the War of the Roses the castle was held for the Lancastrians until it was taken for the Yorkists by Lord Herbert of Raglan. It was this long siege which gave rise to the popular 'Men of Harlech' - well known to Welsh rugby fans!

We arrive at Harlech at 10.28; the station lies in the shadow of the castle - as you will see, it is a steep climb up to the town and the castle! Turn right out of the station, left along the main road and immediately left into a lane called Twtil. As the sign says, the gradient is 25% (that is 1 in 4 in old money) although it is only 20% nearer the top - several pauses to admire the view may be necessary!

This lane passes the castle entrance on the left. Harlech Castle is open from 9.30/10.00 throughout the year; admission charges from April 2020 are £7.30 Adults, £5.80 Seniors, £4.40 Juniors. A multi-million pound visitor centre adjoins the castle.

At the top of the lane, most eating places and shops are to the right. At the top of the lane, most eating places and shops are to the right.

Barmouth/Abermaw railway station is on the Cambrian Coast Line from Machynlleth to Pwllheli and is located by a level crossing just off the A496 which runs through the town.

Station Approach, Barmouth, LL42 1LS


Snowdonia Town Tour Journey Notes 2 - Barmouth to Pwllheli.

Barmouth Railway Station, Station Approach, Barmouth, LL42 1LS


This historic town located on the Cardigan Bay Coast, is best known for Harlech Castle, which today is recognised as a World Heritage site. Harlech also boasts fantastic beaches and one of Wales' finest golf courses.

Gwynedd, LL46 2YA


Harlech Castle crowns a sheer rocky crag overlooking the dunes far below – waiting in vain for the tide to turn and the distant sea to lap at its feet once again.

Castle Square, Harlech, Gwynedd, LL46 2YH

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After the castle, plenty of time to have some lunch in Harlech.


We need to leave enough time to get back to the station for our return train which leaves at 16.29; this will arrive in Barmouth at 16.56. If you prefer to spend some more time in Barmouth instead, there is an earlier train at 14.28.

If, after all the climbing up to Harlech, a flat road to a beach appeals for the afternoon, then return back down to the main road but instead of turning right for the station, continue along the main road and then first left into Ffordd Glan Mor which leads to Harlech beach - about half a mile from the station.

Harlech railway station is on the Cambrian Coast Line from Machynlleth to Pwllheli.

Ffordd Morfa, Harlech, LL46 2UL



A stroll along the prom and then another chance to try one of Barmouth’s restaurants and cafes.


The second and final night at your chosen accommodation in Barmouth.

Other Itineraries

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> Heritage Railways

> Scenic Railway Day Trips

> Short Breaks by Train

> Short Breaks in Mid Wales

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