Attractions In & Around Porthmadog

Our hotel, its town of Porthmadog and the county of Gwynedd in
Snowdonia National Park are the:

  • Global capital of narrow-gauge steam railways
  • Best place in Europe for outdoor adventure attractions
  • Hinterland of the new and unique Wales Coast Path

Just 400 yards from our hotel, the Welsh Highland and Ffestiniog Railways combine at Harbour Station to offer 40 miles of unparalleled travel through stunning Snowdonia scenery on these charming ‘Great Little Trains of Wales’.

Nowadays Snowdonia and Llyn are also an adrenaline-addicts’ paradise, crammed full of all kinds of outdoor adventures like: aerial zip-wiring, underground trampolining, a Bear Grylls’ survival challenge, golfing, walking, cycling, climbing, horse-riding, wildlife-watching, and water-sports!

Passing within 400 yards the 270-mile Wales Coast Path links wooded estuaries, big beaches, wild western cliffs, sheltered harbours, sandy resorts and secluded bays.

Just two miles from our hotel Wales’ first-ever pair of nesting ospreys bred a decade ago on the Glaslyn Valley marshes. Today, nearly 30 fledged chicks later, visitors can still enjoy views through high-powered telescopes and a TV webcam at a hide run by a community company. The estuary, a renowned haven for migrating birds and wildlife, extends dramatically towards the Snowdon range.

If you still want more than this backdrop of world-class natural beauty- we’ve got it! Country and coast are peppered with a special mix of World Heritage fortresses, slate quarries, Celtic shrines and cultural centres.

You can easily explore medieval castles, historic houses and elegant parks and gardens. Unique among these is the magical Italianate village of Portmeirion, much loved by TV star and musician Jools Holland, and the setting for 1960s cult TV series ‘The Prisoner’. You can learn about myths and legends, go deep underground to discover our mining past, and visit galleries and museums.

Snowdonia’s and Llyn have dozens of sites of historic interest. Stone castles are a local speciality. Mighty Caernarfon, Harlech and Conwy – three UNESCO World Heritage Sites – are links in the medieval ‘iron chain’ of walled towns built by English King Edward I.

Nominated for World Heritage status is the North Wales slate industry. Many heritage attractions include underground cavern tours, stories of how quarrymen lived and current day production.

Slate was carried from quarries on Snowdonia’s narrow-gauge steam railways around the region and to the sea, where ship-building harbours such as Porthmadog developed to transport it for house-roofing all across the globe.

Another modern shaper of world history was David Lloyd George, Prime Minister of Britain from 1916-1922. He grew up in nearby Llanystumdwy and his childhood home is now a museum.
Near Llanystumdwy are two outdoor adventure/activity parks with paintballing, segway trekking, go-karting and wakeboarding; while in nearby Blaenau Ffestiniog you can now zip-wire hundreds of feet over a quarry or bounce below it on three huge trampolines hanging in a gigantic underground cavern!

Add a living Welsh language to all this excitement and Porthmadog, Gwynedd and Snowdonia & Llyn become a unique part of North Wales, the UK and the world.
All our hotel guests receive a free, comprehensive and full-colour Porthmadog Town Guide. We also have racks of information leaflets and exclusive discount vouchers or incentives for over 20 leading local visitor attractions.
If you want to know even more, visit: Visit Snowdonia

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