Located in North Wales, the town of Porthmadog is situated on the cusp of Snowdonia National Park. Known locally as the ‘gateway to Snowdonia’, this quaint town is a must visit location in 2018.
Recently voted the third best seaside town in the UK by Rough Guides – the town is surrounded by endless natural beauty, with plenty of family friendly activities in and around the area.
The Town of Porthmadog
The picturesque town has a number of must visit locations; from the colourful harbour, to the unique array of shops and tours. The Purple Moose Brewery Tour is a fantastic experience; you are guided through the entire brewing process of the 40-Barrel microbrewery, and of course there is a tasting session at the end!
Gloster’s Pottery and Lifestyle shop is another great place to visit. The family run enterprise offers a selection of ceramic and craft workshops throughout the year, which are suitable for all the family. They even have plans to expand their workshop in the new year, where they will offer a further range of course including sewing, jewellery and soap making.
Porthmadog also has a wealth of family friendly B&B accommodation on offer.
Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways
Starting in the town of Porthmadog, the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway ventures deep into Snowdonia National Park. The 40 mile heritage railway allows you to experience stunning views from the comfort of a cosy steam carriage.
Sit back, relax and watch the world go by, as the train winds through the beautiful Welsh countryside up to Blaenau Ffestiniog. Here you can explore the very heart of Snowdonia, before jumping back on the train down to Porthmadog!
Snowdonia National Park
Whilst the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway allows you to explore part of Snowdonia, the national park has so much more to offer. The National Trust manages large areas of Snowdonia, such as South Snowdonia and areas of Craflwyn and Beddgelert. There are plenty of cycling and walking paths to explore, which take you through ancient woodlands, past stunning waterfalls, or picturesque lakes.
Snowdonia National Park is easily accessible from Porthmadog, and is one of those places that can be visited time and time again, and have a completely different and thrilling experience!
Porthmadog and the surrounding area play host to a variety of diverse and exciting beaches, which can be enjoyed all year round. We are not suggesting you bring out the suntan lotion, or bucket and spade in the winter months – but wrap up warm, and be prepared to be wowed by the dynamic landscape and peaceful tranquillity.
There are also a number of great circuit walks which involve some of North Wales’ best beaches.
Wales has a rich heritage of ancient castles. It is estimated there are over 600 castles in Wales, with over 100 still standing as ruins or restored buildings. North Wales possess some of the best examples of Welsh castle construction, from the daunting castle of Caernarfon, which boasts a royal palace and was once a seat of government; to Criccieth Castle, which used English designs to model the legendary gatehouse.
Many of the restored castles also feature interactive exhibitions to keep your little ones entertained.