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Bryn Melyn Guidebook to Barmouth

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Bryn Melyn Guidebook to Barmouth

City/town information
Barmouth is a charming and characterful small town with a population of just 2500. In summer however this swells many times over as visitors flock to enjoy its fabulous blue flag beach, the stunning surrounding scenery and a surprisingly good range of independent shops. Although parts of the town date back to the 15th century it was the Victorian era that saw the most development and there are many fine buildings from this time, including the magnificent church build with donations from the widow of Mr Perrins of Worcester Sauce fame! Barmouth lies in the southern reaches of the Snowdonia National Park at the head of the stunning Mawddach Estuary, reputed to be one of the finest in Europe. For walkers the surrounding hills are a paradise of scenic trails that are rarely busy whilst the casual tourist has easy access to the whole national park and its many attractions. Punching above its weight Barmouth has over 60 independent shops offering a remarkable selection of good quality shopping along with 6 pubs and a selection of restaurants and cafes. Barmouth has a habit of 'getting under your skin' and people return here time and time again to enjoy its unique character and facilities.
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Barmouth
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Barmouth is a charming and characterful small town with a population of just 2500. In summer however this swells many times over as visitors flock to enjoy its fabulous blue flag beach, the stunning surrounding scenery and a surprisingly good range of independent shops. Although parts of the town date back to the 15th century it was the Victorian era that saw the most development and there are many fine buildings from this time, including the magnificent church build with donations from the widow of Mr Perrins of Worcester Sauce fame! Barmouth lies in the southern reaches of the Snowdonia National Park at the head of the stunning Mawddach Estuary, reputed to be one of the finest in Europe. For walkers the surrounding hills are a paradise of scenic trails that are rarely busy whilst the casual tourist has easy access to the whole national park and its many attractions. Punching above its weight Barmouth has over 60 independent shops offering a remarkable selection of good quality shopping along with 6 pubs and a selection of restaurants and cafes. Barmouth has a habit of 'getting under your skin' and people return here time and time again to enjoy its unique character and facilities.
Food scene
Tiny bistro with a big reputation for hearty but sophisticated cooking. Booking essential.
Bistro Bermo
6 Church St
Tiny bistro with a big reputation for hearty but sophisticated cooking. Booking essential.
Characterful and historic inn with its own internal spring. Hearty food and good atmosphere, especially on the Tuesday evening 'live music night' after 9pm. Booking advised.
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The Last Inn
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Characterful and historic inn with its own internal spring. Hearty food and good atmosphere, especially on the Tuesday evening 'live music night' after 9pm. Booking advised.
Elegant and high quality food in the old Nat West bank building.
The Bank
Elegant and high quality food in the old Nat West bank building.
The food here is decent enough but the real attraction is the fabulous beer garden overlooking the beach. The perfect spot to enjoy a drink whilst watching the sunset over the sea.
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Min-Y-Mor Hotel
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The food here is decent enough but the real attraction is the fabulous beer garden overlooking the beach. The perfect spot to enjoy a drink whilst watching the sunset over the sea.
Sightseeing
Opened in 1867 Barmouth Bridge is the longest wooden viaduct in the UK and still carried trains to this day. The footpath alongside the rail tracks offers amazing views of the estuary and surrounding landscape.
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Barmouth Toll Bridge
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Opened in 1867 Barmouth Bridge is the longest wooden viaduct in the UK and still carried trains to this day. The footpath alongside the rail tracks offers amazing views of the estuary and surrounding landscape.
Harlech Castle is part of a World Heritage Site encompassing 4 medieval castles considered to be examples of the very best design of that era. Harlech's stunning location and far-reaching views sets it apart from the others and when you've walked the ramparts and enjoyed the fabulous on-site cafe there's always the 4 miles of picture-perfect beach to explore.
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Harlech Castle
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Harlech Castle is part of a World Heritage Site encompassing 4 medieval castles considered to be examples of the very best design of that era. Harlech's stunning location and far-reaching views sets it apart from the others and when you've walked the ramparts and enjoyed the fabulous on-site cafe there's always the 4 miles of picture-perfect beach to explore.
The Snowdonia National Park offers some of the most exciting and diverse landscape in the UK, from the high alpine peaks of the Snowdon range itself to tranquil lakes, ancient rain-forests and wild moorland. The whole park can be explored from Barmouth and offers something for everyone, from hard-core adventure junkies, experienced or novice walkers to arm-chair tourists simply looking to enjoy the views from their car or the window of a train.
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Snowdonia
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The Snowdonia National Park offers some of the most exciting and diverse landscape in the UK, from the high alpine peaks of the Snowdon range itself to tranquil lakes, ancient rain-forests and wild moorland. The whole park can be explored from Barmouth and offers something for everyone, from hard-core adventure junkies, experienced or novice walkers to arm-chair tourists simply looking to enjoy the views from their car or the window of a train.
Utterly unique, this little piece of Italianate architectural whimsy is a delight to the eyes and full of teasing quirks and 'tricks'. Famous across the world as the setting for the 1960's TV series 'The Prisoner' today it is a luxury hotel resort quite unlike any other. Best appreciated in sunshine when the colours really sparkle.
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Portmeirion
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Utterly unique, this little piece of Italianate architectural whimsy is a delight to the eyes and full of teasing quirks and 'tricks'. Famous across the world as the setting for the 1960's TV series 'The Prisoner' today it is a luxury hotel resort quite unlike any other. Best appreciated in sunshine when the colours really sparkle.
The oldest railways company in the world still in existence, the Ffestiniog Railway is one of the most important heritage railways in the world, as well as one of the more scenic. It's sister line, the Welsh Highland Railway, is by contrast one of the newest, but offers and even more spectacular journey. Whether you choose to travel from Porthmadog to the slate capital of the world, Blaenau Ffestiniog, or from Porthmadog across the foothills of Snowdon itself to Caernarfon, you are assured of a fantastic day out.
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Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways
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The oldest railways company in the world still in existence, the Ffestiniog Railway is one of the most important heritage railways in the world, as well as one of the more scenic. It's sister line, the Welsh Highland Railway, is by contrast one of the newest, but offers and even more spectacular journey. Whether you choose to travel from Porthmadog to the slate capital of the world, Blaenau Ffestiniog, or from Porthmadog across the foothills of Snowdon itself to Caernarfon, you are assured of a fantastic day out.
Walking
Featured on Julia Bradbury's 'Railway Walks' TV programme this wonderful walk follows the path of the old railway line from Dolgellau, a short bus ride away, back to Barmouth. Just under ten miles in length if provides walkers with wonderful views of the Mawddach estuary and climaxes with a walk across Barmouth Bridge.
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The Mawddach Trail
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Featured on Julia Bradbury's 'Railway Walks' TV programme this wonderful walk follows the path of the old railway line from Dolgellau, a short bus ride away, back to Barmouth. Just under ten miles in length if provides walkers with wonderful views of the Mawddach estuary and climaxes with a walk across Barmouth Bridge.
A short drive from Barmouth brings you to the car park for the start of the Precipice Walk, possibly offering the finest views for the least effort anywhere in Snowdonia. This contour walks loops around a small hill whilst providing spectacular panoramas.
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Precipice Walk
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A short drive from Barmouth brings you to the car park for the start of the Precipice Walk, possibly offering the finest views for the least effort anywhere in Snowdonia. This contour walks loops around a small hill whilst providing spectacular panoramas.