Porthmadog is a market town that can be found on the breath taking coastline of Llyn Peninsula in North Wales. It’s a beautiful place to visit with a range of activities and places that can keep the whole family entertained. We have put together a list of some of the best things to do in Porthmadog.
Porthmadog came into existence after William Madocks built a sea wall, the Cob, in 1810 to reclaim a large proportion of Traeth Mawr from the sea for agricultural use.
The diversion of the Afon Glaslyn caused it to scour out a new natural harbour which had a deep enough Draught for small ocean-going sailing ships, and the first public wharves were built in 1825.
Individual quarry companies followed, building a series of wharves along the shore almost as far as Borth-y-Gest, and slate was carted from Ffestiniog down to the quays along the Afon Dwyryd, then boated to Porthmadog for transfer to seagoing vessels (Source)
Fast forward over 100 ears to 2019 Porthmadog has developed into one of the biggest tourist hot spots in the United Kingdom! With key locations such as Black Rock Sands, Criccieth, Pwllheli and Abersoch all nearby it is the perfect location!
Caravan Holiday Parks offer a great source of Accommodation with potential of buying a caravan in this tourist hot spot as there are always caravans for sale in the Porthmadog!
Here is a list of the best things to do in Porthmadog.
Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways
The Ffestiniog Railway takes you on a 13 1/2-mile journey from the harbour in Porthmadog to the slate-quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog. We are recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest railway company in the world, being founded in 1832.
We still build steam locomotives and carriages in our own workshops and the world’s oldest steam engine, Prince, is still in regular use today – more than 150 years after it was built.
Our historic trains climb over 700 feet from sea level into the mountains through tranquil pastures and magnificent forests, past lakes and waterfalls, round horseshoe bends (even a complete spiral) clinging to the side of the mountain or tunnelling through it.
The Welsh Highland is Snowdonia’s newest railway. Trains start their spectacular 25 mile scenic journey from beneath the historic castle walls at Caernarfon.
The trains – hauled by the world’s most powerful narrow gauge steam locomotives – climb from sea level to over 650 feet on the foothills of Snowdon, before zig-zagging dramatically down the steep hillside to reach Beddgelert, nestling in the heart of the National Park, then through the magnificent Aberglaslyn Pass – voted the most beautiful spot in the UK by the National Trust – and on to Porthmadog, for more info visit https://www.festrail.co.uk/
Morfa Bychan – Black Rock Sands
Even though the name suggests a dark beach, you won’t see much in the way of blackness. Black Rock Sands is an open, wide beach with fine sands. The name comes from the area to the west of the beach dominated by a large, multi-coloured headland rock, low-tide caves and rock pools, an area rich in marine life.
Natural history is also a feature of the local sand dunes, which have been declared a ‘Site of Special Scientific Interest’. Unusually, you can drive onto the beach here – so it’s a popular spot not just for picnickers and sandcastle builders, but also for motor boats and water bikes which have a special zone designated for their use. There are also dog restrictions on the beach. (source)
Black Rock Llamas
Discover all about these gentle, majestic animals in our family friendly adventure. This is a truly wonderful interactive experience. You will get the opportunity to interact and handle one of our friendly llamas.
Our Llama experience lasts approx 1 1/2 hours.
You will be greeted by your expert guide who will give an interesting talk about these amazing animals.
You will than have a llama handling lesson where you will learn how to walk and interact with your llama.
Once you have had a practice you will go on a peaceful, enjoyable trek
. During the trek you can admire
the spectacular scenery with your llama walking companion.
After the trek its time to try your skill at some llama agility! Experience first hand how intelligent and graceful Llamas are as you try your hand at llama agility – a first in the uk, Book Now!
Porthmadog is amazing but visiting Criccieth and the other sea side villages are key to experiencing what North Wales has to offer!
Criccieth has an amazing castle which can be visited! also the stunning seaside Restaurent Dylans offers a great meal and service for any of the customers! Its a must visit whether it be for a drink in the sun or a true taste of the sea foods that North Wales has on their door steps.
Many Things To Do in Pwllheli
As you can see there are many things to in Pwllheli to keep you entertained which makes it a great place to buy a caravan for them weekends away, search for Caravan for Sale in Porthmadog, If you need any help call our team on 01766 549450.