Meanwhile the path across Barmouth Bridge, offers a great way to appreciate the stunning Mawddach estuary and enjoy the lovely views towards Barmouth harbour. The bridge now has an ‘honesty toll’ so remember a few coins to keep the Toll Troll happy! The harbour itself a perfect place to relax with a coffee or perhaps explore the estuary by boat. To get a close up view of the estuary and harbour, why not take a stand up paddleboard trip from the Yacht Club and get a whole new perspective on the familiar Barmouth landmarks?
Barmouth also has a great heritage with links to Henry Tudor, the Titanic and the founding of the National Trust. A Heritage Trail leaflet, (available from the Station and many shops) will guide you around the key sites. Can you find the first site donated to the National Trust, the town lock-up, and the pirate ship? Have you stepped beyond the Victorian High Street and explored the alleyways of “The Rock”, the oldest part of Barmouth? If not, why not try it?
Things to do in Barmouth
When people think of Barmouth they often picture a traditional seaside resort. And it’s true, Barmouth is a fabulous place for families with miles of safe, clean, sandy beaches, donkey rides and trampolines, crabbing, candy floss and amusement arcades. There’s also an indoor play centre with a pottery and other activities so whatever the weather there’s plenty to do.
Barmouth is a great base for walkers. As well as providing easy access to many of Snowdonia’s finest peaks Barmouth is the starting point for several well-marked walks and cycle trails. You can even hire bikes for the day at the Birmingham garage. The Tourist Information Point in Barmouth Station has books and maps and can suggest routes for all abilities, or see here for some suggestions.
If culture is your thing then head for The Dragon Theatre. Cleverly converted from an old chapel it offers a regular programme of films, shows, musical evenings and events throughout the year. There are also regular classes from fitness to art during the week. Details of all events are advertised outside the Dragon, around town and on their website. And of course you won’t be paying West-End prices! There is regular live music in town. The Last Inn has an Open Mic night on Tuesday evening at 9pm and live music from 9pm on Friday. At the Min y Mor Hotel live music is a Sunday thing, On sunny days this is outside in the beer garden with unrivalled views of the beach and the Llŷn Peninsula as your backdrop.
Barmouth is host to a number of special events each year, details of which are included in the diary of events elsewhere, but watch out especially for the paddle sports festival, the walking festival and the famous Three Peaks Yacht Race. It can feel like there’s always something going on!
Whether you just want to relax and chill-out over a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, or whether you want an action packed, adrenaline fuelled break, Barmouth can cater for you. Here, where beach is our front garden and the mountains our back yard, is where everyone can enjoy themselves, whatever the weather.