There’s something special about shopping on holiday. It can be a time for wandering in and out of shops that you don’t get at home and browsing for a little something that reminds you of a favourite place. There are over 60 shops in Barmouth, many of them independent and selling things you won’t find anywhere else.
There are galleries selling original art and prints by local artists, or people with a connection to the town. If you want to use your holiday to kick start a new hobby we have craft shops here and in Harlech. To start to reduce plastic waste you can shop for environmentally friendly soaps, shampoo bars and candles.
We have homeware and lighting shops with a fantastic range of products that you won’t find on most High Streets. You could have a whole new look for your home. We are well supplied with shops providing gift ideas, thank you presents for those looking after your home, and essentials like new watch batteries! This is just a small sample of the many things you can find on Barmouth High Street.
Many of the shops also have their own websites, so if you see something, but aren’t quite certain it’s right, why not take a photo and check when you get home. Then you can order online and have your own little bit of Barmouth to remind you until you come back to visit again.
Barmouth’s characterful High Street depends on lots of independent traders who depend on you! A pound spent in Barmouth, stays in Barmouth and keeps the town as you like it. Please support our local shopkeepers!
Living in Barmouth
Many people visit Barmouth during the year for a short break or a longer holiday. Many come back year after year. It’s that sort of place - it gets under your skin. So it’s not surprising that the town has more than the usual proportion of ‘ex-pats’ living here. Stand in any shop for a while and you’ll hear plenty of Welsh - accents and language - but you’ll also hear accents from across the UK and they are not just those of visitors.
Barmouth has a small population of less than 2,500 residents but it punches above its weight in terms of amenities. There’s a strong community feel and a fierce loyalty for the town amongst the inhabitants. But it’s the quality of life that draws people to settle here. Living at the mouth of the Mawddach Estuary you can’t help but be drawn into the environment and landscape. The tides become part of your DNA, the sea air fills your lungs, the mountains and beaches become your back yard.
We’re fully connected to the modern world with super-fast broadband and 4G in most places. Road and rail connections to the wider world take a bit of time, but allow relatively easy travel if you can ever bear to leave!
There is usually plenty happening even in the winter when the town is quieter with book clubs, choirs, churches, the football club, yacht club, youth organisations and more. New ventures are starting up all the time.