Barmouth in Southern Snowdonia is a great location for Mountain, Sand and Sea. Extensive sandy beach with attractions, water sports and boat trips.

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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, is west facing with a mixture of sand and some shingle and is ideal for bathing and watersports. Dog restrictions apply on the beach between April and October.

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.

At low tide it is possible to walk all the way to Harlech to the north with wonderful views over Tremadog Bay. The town is located on Route 8 of the National Cycle Network and the traffic free trail from Barmouth to Dolgellau along the Mawddach Estuary offers spectacular views.

Barmouth 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. An iconic feature of the town is Barmouth Bridge, the over 150 year old railway viaduct across the Mawddach Estuary. It is half a mile in length with a wooden promenade suitable for pedestrians or cyclists which now forms part of the Wales Coast Path and the Lon Las Cymru Cycle Network. Morfa Mawddach railway halt is situated at the other side of the bridge, for legs too tired to walk back!

Enjoy a short walking tour of Barmouth's Maritime Heritage by visiting the Sailor's Institute, Ty Gwyn and Ty Crwn all situated around the harbour and open during daylight hours only with free admission.

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."

Notable buildings in the town are the medieval Ty Gwyn tower house and the nineteenth century Ty Crwn roundhouse prison.
Ty Gwyn dates back to 1460 and is one of the first four buildings to be built in the shelter of the anchorage. It was built by Gruffydd Fychan of Cors -y-Gedol as a potential escape route. Later, Jasper Tudor, Earl of Pembroke lay concealed in the building with his ward, the future King Henry VII, when plotting the downfall of Richard at the Battle of Bosworth. Ty Crwn (the Old Gaol) situated just behind Ty Gwyn, has two figures showing what life was like a prisoner in 1830.

The Sailors' Institute is probably the last remaining example of its kind in Wales. Erected in 1890, the Victorian Reading Room is a fine example of its time. The building houses many artefacts, pictures and paintings and the daily newspaper may still be read free of charge.

A vessel foundered of the Barmouth coast in a storm in 1709 carrying a cargo of Carrara marble from Genoa. The most beautiful find was a Bronze Bell, clearly marked 1677. Local sculptor Frank Cocksey was commissioned to carve one of the marble blocks as a unique piece of art which can be seen on the harbour near the Last Inn.

Barmouth has a railway station on the Cambrian Coast line from Machynlleth to Pwllheli.


Sea fishing trips depart from Barmouth harbour daily, tides and weather permitting. Local boats cater for parties and details can be obtained from Barmouth TIC.

For more information contact the local secretary 01341 422706


Sunday, 7th July 2024 - Sunday, 7th July 2024

Barmouth Food FestivalThe 2024 Barmouth Food Festival will be even bigger and better!
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Sunday, 14th July 2024 - Sunday, 14th July 2024

Image Credit: Three Peaks Yacht RaceBarmouth to Fort William Three Peaks Yacht RaceThe Barmouth to Fort William Three Peaks Yacht Race combines yachting, mountain running and cycling into one of the greatest adventure challenges in British sport.
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Saturday, 14th September 2024 - Monday, 23rd September 2024

Barmouth Walking FestivalAnother year, another great set of walks. The Walking Festival is a little smaller this year but there's still a great variety of walks to enjoy.
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West of Dolgellau on the A496, south of Harlech on the A496.


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Accessible by Public Transport: Barmouth station is 0 miles away.

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