Barmouth, the Jewel in Wales’ Crown
For many, many years we’ve visited North, Mid and South Wales, with its breath-taking scenery and rugged coastlines, there is so much to see and do, and you will be spoiled for choice.
And, nestled in Cardigan Bay, is the super little town of Barmouth, or Abermaw if you’re Welsh, and this delightful holiday destination is a seaside resort that cannot be missed, even if you only visit for the day. If you are travelling to the UK for the first time and looking to visit Wales as part of your itinerary, then Barmouth MUST be on your ‘to-see’ list.
The dainty harbour is overseen by family run restaurants, coffee shops, pizzeria and an ice cream shop, which all serve delicious home cooked food, whilst you sit in the streaming sunshine watching the boats bob gently on the harbour and see the train come in over the Grade II listed single-track wooden railway viaduct across the River Mawddach estuary.
The town itself boasts exquisite boutiques with lots of specialist shops selling elegant designs such as Moroccan inspired lamps, inspired interior design and one-off pieces, jewellery shops, antique emporiums and of course the obligatory seaside rock shop! You can spend lazy days wandering the small streets, dropping into shops and perusing the unique gift items on sale, then stop for some lunch and afterwards, head off to the beach for some well-deserved sandcastle building time with the kids (don’t worry, there are good old-fashioned deck chairs for your comfort for hire along the beach).
The beach itself is idyllic, with a Blue Flag Award, the beach boasts amazingly clear waters, soft rolling waves and a beach that is consistency clean. A small visitor train runs daily along the beachfront and is great for resting your legs for a little while whilst the kids enjoy the novelty journey, and it really is an excellent way to see Barmouth beach side.
Children are thoroughly entertained with the many activities available within Barmouth town, not to mention the aforementioned beach which is a child’s paradise day after day, visit after visit. The beach has several treats including donkey rides, trampolines and bouncy castles all reached via the softest, whitest sand. There are 2 arcades featuring the latest in driving games, shoot ‘em ups and air hockey tables, enough fun for all of the family, even Gran and Grandad will enjoy the traditional 2 pence slots.
When the sun is setting (and you haven’t seen a sunset until you’ve seen a Barmouth sunset), and you’re ready for your evening meal, there are lots of superb eateries showcasing local delights and award winning dishes, with something for everyone. You’re just going to have to choose one!