Porthmadog - The Place To Stay
Welcome to Porthmadog (‘Port’ by locals) a base from which to explore all of Snowdonia; it is the gateway to the country’s most breathtaking national park, covering 840 square miles with its purple tipped mountains and forests.
As well as a gateway, Porthmadog is a bustling town, full of individual shops and places to eat. It has a strong and proud heritage, culture and community. The Welsh language, commonly spoken here, is a key part of its identity, and the people here are particularly warm and friendly.
Almost whatever you want from a holiday is available within easy
reach. Steam railway buffs just love the place! The Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Heritage Railways encourage you to step back in time and jump on a train at either end of the town, enjoy the mountain scenery and talk endlessly of the romance of bygone days.
From whichever direction you approach the town, you cannot fail to be impressed by its stunning setting. It is dominated on one side by a mountain known as ‘Moel y Gest’, 262 metres above the town. To the north and east the wide expanse of the Glaslyn estuary, renowned as a haven for migrating birds and wildlife, extends dramatically towards the Snowdon range.
Travelling from the south, you enter the town along the famous ‘Cob’, built to form the deep harbour from where great sailing ships carried, around the world, slate mined in Blaenau Ffestiniog and the Croesor Valley. The Cob also carries the railway initially built to transport the slate from the quarries to the harbour.
In this once great seaport, rich in maritime history, you are ideally placed for visiting all of the main tourist attractions in the area.
With all the majesty of Snowdonia as a backdrop and a coastline with beaches second to none, you couldn’t find a more attractive spot for a holiday.