Need a touch of retail therapy? There are over 60 shops in Barmouth, all but a handful independently-owned. Why not browse our unique mix of galleries, souvenir shops, ‘bucket-and-spade’ arcades, clothing, homeware and furniture stores? You can find gifts and souvenirs unique to Barmouth that you can’t buy anywhere else - a great way to remember your visit. From postcards and books to antiques and cashmere sweaters there is so much to tempt you!
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 the butchers 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 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.
This year a new community music hub has opened in Bendi-gedig's basement offering music for everyone, and including a musical sensory room for those with special needs as well as rooms for workshops, instrumental lessons and a recording studio. You can contact the music hub on 01341 281523.