On the coast of Snowdonia, where the mountains meet the sea, Barmouth is perfect for walking, outdoor activity breaks, or fresh air getaways. The town has gift shops, restaurants, cafes and bars all located within a 5 minute walk from the harbour and promenade running alongside a blue flag beach. Here are the best things to do in Barmouth:
The harbour is a great place to hang out with a collection of restaurants, cafes and ice-cream shops. Crabbing is also popular here if you’re looking for something to do with the little ones.
STAND UP PADDLE BOARDING
SUP Barmouth offer paddle boarding down the Barmouth Estuary which is something quite special. Great for all age groups, this is something definitely worth doing when in town.
SERN WEN FERRY BOAT
Taking you across the estuary to Fairborne, this makes for a great day out or morning excursion.
Snowdonia Adventures offer a great variety of activities including gorge walking, canyoning, kayaking, climbing etc. George and his team always provide a top class service and definitely one of the best things to do in Barmouth.
Best known for their music nights, the Dragon Theatre puts on some great Jazz nights as well as introducing alternative music from around the world. They also put on film screenings and work shops so make sure you have a look to see what is on.
An indoor soft play centre for kids – perfect for those rainy days! They also have a cafe on site.
As with all great seaside towns, there is an amusement park including all the usual fanfare of rides, soft toys, candy floss and sugar donuts!!
At the very north of the promenade, there is a skate park offering a couple of good ramps and a rail.
Barmouth beach has a great promenade where there are a number of beach front cafes so you dont have to lug a great picnic bag down here if you’re not in the mood! A little train runs up and down the promanade throughout the day and the harbour at the south end is home to some great restaurants and cafes. The amusement park is also only a stone’s throw away. Part of Barmouth beach has a blue flag status and so needless to say, swimming here is good.
Llandanwg sas good facilities and easy to get onto. The carpark is just next to the beach, but if you are lucky you can get free parking on the left hand side of the road just before you get to the beach. A cafe offering light lunches, coffees and ice cream is just by the carpark as are the toilets. The beach itself is rocky which makes its perfect for rock pools and great for kids.
If you are early enough, you can get free parking on the side of the road. failing that, there is a carpark 5-10 min walk from the beach across the sand dunes. This beach is great for swimming and the sand dunes will provide hours of fun for the children. Limited on facilities, you will need to stock up before you go. There is a spar in Dyffryn Ardudwy village itself with the best butchers around.
THE FFESTINIOG AND WELSH HIGHLANDS STEAM TRAIN starts in Porthmadog or Caernarfon, taking you through the mountains to Blaenau Ffestiniog offering glorious views and giving you an insight into the past.
PORTMEIRION VILLAGE is a little piece of the ‘Italian riviera’ in Wales was created by Clough Williams-Ellis during the earlier part of the 1900’s. A visit here transports you to a fantasy world of beautiful buildings and gardens. Famous for its filming of the Prisoner in the 60’s it now welcomes visitors from all over the world. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes in the village along with gift shops and a shop for their famous Portmeirion dinner service. There is a private beach that visitors can enjoy.
ZIP WORLD has offers 10 incredible activities in North Wales…
- Blaenau Ffestiniog is where you will find Bounce Below (an underground trampoline experience), Zip World Caverns (an incredible, underground exploring activity) and Titan (first 4 people zip line).
- Conwy Valley is home to Zip Safari (a series of 23 zip lines through the trees), Plummet (jump from a 100ft tower), Skyride (Europe’s highest 5 seater swing), Treetop Nets (nets suspended in trees 60ft above the ground to run around in), Fforest Coaster (an alpine coaster that runs throug the forest at exhilarating speeds) and Tree Hoppers (a woodland experience for younger ones).
- Bangor is where you will find Velocity (the fastest zipline in the world and the longest in Europe).
SURF SNOWDONIA is an artificial surf lagoon where they create continuous and perfect waves. Perfect for beginners and those who are looking to improve. No waiting around for the next set of waves. At the centre, there is also a total wipeout waterwall, the ‘blob’ which will see you flying in the air, a soft play centre, a skate ramp and a couple of onsite restaurants/cafes
THE NATIONAL WHITE WATER CENTRE on the river Tryweryn in Bala offers one of the best places in the country to white water raft. The water levels are dam-controlled meaning its rapids still thunder down the river during the summer months so you will never be disappointed by the conditions.
The walks in the surrounding area are both incredible and numerous. Mud and Routes is a great resource to use if you are looking for inspiration as to where to go: MUD AND ROUTES.
If you are looking to tackle Snowdon, you might find this blog post useful: Our very own ‘REALLY SIMPLE WALKING GUIDE UP SNOWDON’
If you love a treasure hunt, you’ll be pleased to know that there are lots of geocaches hidden around the area. Children love these and and so if you’re having trouble convincing them that a walk is good fun, this could be your answer!
Here are a couple of blog articles you might be interested in too:
Our very own ‘Really Simple Walking Guide Up Snowdon’
Coed Y Brenin is based just north of Dolgellau, this forest (Coed) offers mountain biking heaven. Ranging from routes for beginners to the more advanced, it is fantastic. Free to get in, you can either rent a bike there or take your own. If not all the party are up for cycling, there are also wonderful walks. Take a picnic as there are lots of picnic tables or a cafe that serves both hot and cold food is on site.
This trail follows the old train tracks. If you leave from Barmouth and cycle across the bridge, turn left at the end and follow the trail all the way down to Dolgellau. A good day trip is to cycle to the George III pub and have lunch or a drink and then cycle the 7 miles back – it’s flat all the way and so a good family route as well as for those looking for a leisurely day.
There are 4 trails, its costs £27.50 for the day as it is an uplift service and more suited to advanced riders. You will need to pre-book a space and you can hire bikes there. Again there is a cafe and other activities on offer.
BIKE HIRE – Birmingham garage based towards the harbour rents bikes out throughout the summer.
This recent post we did on mountain biking will give you more information: SNOWDONIA STYLE ADVENTURE | MOUNTAIN BIKING
The Last Inn is the oldest pub in Barmouth and has a great atmosphere – good food and the also offer music nights on a Tuesday.
The Ysgethin in Talybont is set by the river and so on a summers evening, it is a really beautiful place to go. Good food and plenty of space both inside and out.
The Vic in Llanbedr again is set by the river and has a great outdoor space, especially for children, including a climbing frame and undercover eating area. Great food and a good local to go and grab a beer.
The Tilman in Barmouth is a great place to go for drinks. They no longer offer food, but in terms of a nice place to go and have a drink, we would certainly recommend.
The Ty Mawr in Llanbedr offers great food and has an extensive beer garden. It is place to go if there are any games to be watched.
The Bistro has a great reputation – however, it only has a very small number of covers, so booking in advance is definitely required.
Isis Pizza on the harbour is a lovely little place to go and have pizza in the evening by the sea.
The Lobster Pot again on the harbour is a favorite if you are looking for some fresh sea food. Understated with great food.
The Bank in Barmouth town centre is a more formal dining experience – lovely interiors and good food.
The Norbar just outside Barmouth is a fantastic place for all the family. Incredible setting, great food, lovely interiors and pool table. Make sure you visit here.
Nineteen 57 in Talybont offers good food in a more modern environment.
The Davy Jones Locker is fab – great light lunches, coffees and cakes all housed in a nautical themed building on the harbour.
Murrays in the town centre offers a great selection of light lunches and cakes.
Ebeneezers on the other hand offers a fabulous dining / shopping experience – Asian inspired cuisine and shopping all under one roof… and a beautiful ceiling it is!
Goodies Coffee Shop on the high street do great cakes and light lunches.
Bendigedig is a play centre that has a cafe offering tea, coffee and cakes.
Toni’s pizza van outside his world famous (!) Italian restaurant is where to get your pizza.
The Mermaid in Barmouth hands down is where to get your fish and chips.
Knickerbocker Glory in Barmouth is the winner – shelves full of lollipops and every coloured sprinkle possible add to the charm.
THE BORING BUT IMPORTANT INFO
- Minfor Surgery, Park Road, Barmouth, LL42 1PL TEL: 01341 280521
Many places locally only accept cash and so make sure you have enough on hand.
- BARCLAYS Bank is in Barmouth.
- The Victoria Inn Pub in Llanbedr has an ATM
- The Spar in Dyffryn Ardudwy offer cash back.
- There is a COOP and Spar in town.
- DYFFRYN ARDUDWY SPAR offers most things you will need as well as a prize winning butchers
- ASDA and Tesco will deliver to you, but you need to ensure the delivery comes after your arrival.
There are stations located in Barmouth, Llanaber and Dyffryn Ardudwy: Transport for Wales is the train service provider for North Wales: Transport For Wales Website
There is a bus service that runs from Barmouth and through the surrounding villages. The times are not that often so you need to plan ahead: ARRIVA BUSES
- local taxi firms include:
- TACSI ID’Z – 01341 241423
- WEST COAST CARS – 0752 7111760 / 0770 4492876