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About Porthmadog

Sitting at the foot of a lofty mountain, Porthmadog, affectionately known as ‘Port’, is an old maritime powerhouse. Whether you’re after a scenic stroll, a cultural tour, a rural rail ride or a drive-in beach, holiday cottages in the coastal town benefit from easy access to many of the region’s best loved attractions.

The town’s iconic landmark, the Cob, is a mile-long embankment that played a pivotal role in establishing Porthmadog as a port used for the export of local slate. Although the trade has dried up, the picturesque harbour is now home to sailing and yacht clubs. A trip to the Maritime Museum will take you on a journey through Porthmadog’s nautical development and the story of its seafaring past.

Now a major shopping and tourist hub, the town has three main lines, including the famous Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland narrow gauge railway, celebrated by visitors for the beautiful landscape that they travel through. Away from the mountains, there is fantastic access to the beaches and bays of the Llyn Peninsula. You don’t even need to worry about parking at Black Rock sands, as you are allowed to drive your car across the dunes!

There are a number of pretty villages to explore nearby, including Borth y Gest and Tremadog, and no trip to Porthadog is complete without a visit to the picture perfect Italianate coastal resort of Portmeirion.

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