ATTRACTIONS IN AND AROUND BARMOUTH

Barmouth Bridge

Fairbourne Railway and  Cader Idris

Harlech Castle

ART GALLERY ON THE HILL  St John's Hill. Hundreds of works including probably the largest painting in Wales!  Exhibitions changing constantly  www.bernardbarnes.com
BARMOUTH RAILWAY BRIDGE
  5 minute walk from the town.  You can't miss it!  Exhilarating walk over the estuary, or take a train across from Barmouth station towards Tywyn.

BARMOUTH MARKET  Every Thursday throughout the year and most Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays during holiday periods. Next to the Dragon theatre.

THE BEACH Excellent sandy beach, now awarded the prestigious blue flag.  Don't bathe near the harbour, where red flags indicate danger.
BENDI-GEDIG INDOOR CHILDREN'S ADVENTURE CENTRE  Open 7 days for kids 0-12, Cafe, Soft play area. Kid's parties,Wet weather facility. 01341 281523  www.bendi-gedig.com

BRONZE BELL SHIPWRECK EXHIBITION  Ty Gwyn Museum (above Davy Jones' Locker),The Quay, Barmouth.  Tells the story of the nearby wreck of 1709, and of the salvage operation.  Complete with surprisingly well preserved relics.

CADER IDRIS  Wales' highest mountain outside the Snowdon range.  Across the Mawddach estuary from Barmouth.

CAERNARFON CASTLE Possibly Wales most famous castle

The first English Prince of Wales, was born here in 1284, and In 1969, the castle was the setting for the Investiture of Prince Charles as Prince of Wales.  Plenty of exhibits inside.  01286 677617

CELTICA,  Y Plas, Aberystwyth Road, Machynlleth, Powys SY20 8ER   Tel: 01654 702702, Fax: 01654 703604, Email: celtica@celtica.wales.com, web:  www.celtica.wales.com  A unique, informative and stimulating experience of Celtic heritage and culture.  Award winning all weather attraction.  Open daily throughout the year except Christmas and New year holidays, and a few days in January.

CENTRE FOR ALTERNATIVE TECHNOLOGY  A487 Machynlleth. www.cat.org.uk  For three decades CAT has been at the forefront of environmentally sound technologies, which will play an increasingly important part in our lives.  Wind and Solar power, a water powered cliff railway, environment friendly buildings, recycling, organic gardening and much more.

CORRIS  CRAFT CENTRE AND KING ARTHUR'S LABYRINTH  Local craftsmen and women can be seen at work here, good place to buy gifts made locally from slate wood, pottery, candles etc.  Admission to the craft centre is free. Tel: 01645 761584 www.corriscraftcentre.co.uk

CRICCIETH CASTLE AND VISITOR CENTRE Perched on a rocky outcrop overloooking the sea, Established by LLewelyn the Great around 1230.  Tel: 01766 522227

CWM BYCHAN LAKE AND ROMAN STEPS.   Signposted from the A496 in LLanbedr.  (Turn at the Victoria Hotel) Narrow winding lanes lead to this remote atmospheric location used for films ........Camping and picnic areas, and wild mountain goats may be seen here.

CWM NANTCOL  Follow Cwm Bychan Lane till Cwm Nantcol sign.  Scenic valley with nature trail, picnic and camping areas, also trout fishing.

DINAS OLEU.  Ascend the windy Lanes of old Barmouth to Dinas Oleu, an open area with excellent views, the first property gifted to the National trust. A good start to many interesting walks, to the Panorama, or past ruined farm houses and back down to Llanaber.

DRAGON THEATRE AND COMMUNITY CENTRE Provides a varied program of events, shows, films, exhibitions etc. Tel: 01341 281697 www.dragontheatre.co.uk

FAIRBOURNE RAILWAY Take the ferry from Barmouth harbour, to Penrhyn point terminus. The narrow gauge railway runs regularly to Fairborne village and Nature Centre, from May to September. Tel: 01341 250362  

THE HARBOUR  Still used by a few commercial fishing boats, though now mostly pleasure craft. Popular with kids for crab lining.  Ferries and fishing trips depart from here. Some interesting cafes overlooking the quay, also the Last Inn.  Boaters beware strong estuarial currents.

HARLECH CASTLE  One of Wales' most formidable and dominant castles.  Panoramic views of sea and Snowdonia. On site exhibition.  Tel: 01766 780552

LIFEBOAT MUSEUM AND SHOP  Now part of the new Lifeboat station.  View the lifeboats and associated exhibits.
LLANFAIR SLATE CAVERNS  A496 Llanfair, towards Harlech. Tel: 01766 780247.  Put on a helmet and descend into the tunnels and caverns hacked out by candlelight over a century ago.  Childrens Farm Park and Playbarn are on the same site.

LLANFAIR CHILDRENS FARM PARK AND PLAYBARN A496 Llanfair, towards Harlech. Tel: 01766 780247 www.childrensfarmpark.co.uk  On same site as LLanfair Slate caverns
MAES ARTRO
  Museum now closed .

THE PANORAMA WALK   Barmouth's most famous walk. There is a car park and toilet at the top of the Panorama road.  Otherwise climb the steep steps up the hill just before the Railway Bridge.  Great views over the estuary.

PORTMEIRION A487 towards Porthmadog. 01766 770000 Scenic village and setting of TV series The Prisoner.

ROYAL St. DAVID'S GOLF COURSE  01766 780203  Internationally famous  championship course at Harlech.

SHELL ISLAND Off A496 at Llanbedr.  Actually a peninsular, but inaccessible by road at high tides.  Notable for wildlife, beach, shells, good campsite, restaurant and club.

SNOWDON Four hours up, two hours down is about what it takes to "do" Wales' highest peak.   Alternatively take the Snowdon Mountain Railway from LLanberis on the A4086. Tel: 0870 4580033  www.snowdonrailway.co.uk

 

TALYBONT  Good safe sandy beach.  Caravan and camping sites nearby.  Sands Leisure complex has a pub with entertainment, a shop, amusements, bingo etc.  At the other extreme follow the path beside the river Ysgethin upstream from the village. for some excellent and interesting walks, to Irddyn and Bodlyn lakes, or through the mountains to Bontddu (highly recommended, but as always go suitably prepared.) Village Post Office is also a good general store and off licence.

TALYLLYN  Possibly Wales' most scenic lake.  Nearby narrow gauge railway.  Good trout fishing (fly only) available from Tyn y Cornel Hotel.

WELSH HIGHLAND RAILWAY  1920's style narrow gauge train. Runs from Porthmadog.  Tel: 01766 513402. Timetable 0870 3212402 or www.whr.co.uk