A small coastal town on the Llŷn Peninsula, Pwllheli — meaning ‘salt-water pool’ — is the terminus of the Cambrian Coast Railway.
Pwllheli is the ideal location to explore the north-west corner of Wales, boasting Blue Flag awarded beaches, independent shops and boutiques, as well as traditional pubs, cafes and restaurants.
A small village one mile east of Pwllheli, Abererch is a former civil parish located on the Llŷn Peninsula. Today, Abererch is a Welsh-speaking village with a grade I listed church, St Cawrdaf, at its centre.
On a clear day, Abererch beach offers stunning views from Harlech Castle all the way down to Tywyn.
Penychain station is located near Chwilog in Gwynedd, and served the Butlins Holiday Camp nearby until the late 90s. Today, this is the ideal stop for visitors to Haven’s Hafan y Môr Holiday Park on the former Butlins site.
Just 5 miles west of Porthmadog and 9 miles east of Pwllheli, Criccieth is home to the medieval ruins of Criccieth Castle which was built by Llewelyn the Great in the 13th Century.
Its extensive views of the surrounding countryside, traditional Welsh tearooms, bistro-style restaurants and Victorian terraces all add to the character of this wonderful seaside resort.
Formerly a shipping port for the international slate trade, Porthmadog is now the perfect location for walkers and cyclists who wish to explore the Welsh Coast Path and surrounding areas.
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An enchanting Italianate style village on the coast of North Wales, Portmeirion is home to iconic architecture which was brought to life by Clough Williams-Ellis in the 1900s.
Enjoy complimentary guided walking tours to see the stylish shops, award-winning restaurants, exotic gardens and sandy beaches that this magical village has to offer.
Located in Snowdonia National Park, Penrhyndeudraeth boasts two beautiful beaches on either side of the peninsula, making it the perfect place for those keen to discover the great outdoors.
A rural hamlet near Penrhyndeudraeth, Llandecwyn is the perfect destination for those seeking a peaceful escape. A quaint hillside church overlooks the picturesque estuary of the Afon Dwyryd, and beneath the hillside lie the scenic Llyn Tecwyn Isaf and Llyn Tecwyn Uchaf lakes.
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Less than four miles from Harlech, Tygwyn is a rural destination perfect for walkers looking to discover the countryside that Snowdonia National Park has to offer.
The railway station offers passenger services to Porthmadog, Pwllheli, Barmouth and beyond.
Harlech is a seaside resort that lies on Tremadog Bay in the centre of Gwynedd. This historic town is overlooked by the spectacularly sited Harlech Castle which perches proudly on the rock above the town.
Beach-goers can enjoy the spectacular sand dunes dotted along the coast, whilst families can enjoy swimming and rock climbing at Harlech Leisure Centre.
The village of Llandanwg is located between Llanbedr and Harlech and started out as a small collection of farms.
Visitors can enjoy extensive views over Tremadog Bay whilst fishing or surfing at the beach. Accommodation is also available at the five-star Llandanwg Holiday Home Park, as well as various other local holiday homes.
A small village in the Ardudwy area of Gwynedd, Pensarn is home to the Christian Mountain Centre which is housed in the former Pensarn Wharf buildings and offers a variety of outdoor actitivies.
The railway station provides rail transport to major towns including Machynlleth and Shrewsbury.
Located between Harlech and Barmouth, Dyffryn Ardudwy consists of several small villages including Coed Ystumgwern and Llanenddwyn.
The long stretch of beach at Dyffryn Ardudwy is backed by undulating sand dunes, making it a great scenic location for visitors. It is also home to West Midland District Camping Centre, offering accommodation and facilities for group holidays and activity weekends.
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The rural village of Talybont is just north of Barmouth, with several caravan sites for holiday makers and good links to Barmouth town.
While you’re there, stop for lunch at the Ysgethin Inn — which was once a Fulling Mill and the Pelton wheel which still remains there today.
Situated between Talybont and Barmouth along the coast, Llanaber is a linear village in north west Wales. One of the village’s main attraction is it’s beautifully flat beach, where visitors can enjoy horse riding, cycling, and many other recreational activities.
A promenade runs next to the beach which spans all the way across to Barmouth — making it ideal for walkers and cyclists alike.
Lying on the estuary of the River Mawddach and Cardigan Bay in west Snowdonia, Barmouth’s picturesque harbour bordered by the estuary makes it the perfect location for a seaside holiday or outdoor activity break.
With miles of sandy beaches, amusement centres, and great heritage links to Henry Tudor, the Titanic and the founding of the National Trust, there’s plenty to see and do. Barmouth caters for adventure seekers, scenic explorers and much more.
A small railway station at the south end of Barmouth bridge, it was once the third biggest station in Wales.
A short walk from the station will take you straight to the famous Barmouth Bridge and the Mawddach trail. Visitors can also explore some of the 20th century military remains in the area, including a hill-top memorial and beach defences.
Situated on the coast of Barmouth Bay, Fairbourne’s golden sands and mountaineous views are not to be missed.
The beach extends most of the way across the mouth of the Mawddach Estuary, and has history in connection with World War Two; it’s ‘Dragon Teeth’ were traps to stop the enemy from landing there.
Visitors can also take a trip along The Fairbourne Steam Railway, a miniature railway line running from Fairbourne village to the mouth of the Mawddach Estuary.
A picturesque village rich with history, Llwyngwril is bursting with stone cottages, amazing seaside views and an array of accommodation choices.
If you’re after a peaceful weekend beside the sea or an adventure-filled short break, Llwyngwril is a great place to start!
A coastal village in the Gwynedd, Tonfanau was home to a Second World War army base where around 600 men were trained in anti-aircraft artillery.
The train station has close connections to Birmingham (news St), Shrewsbury, Llandudno and Aberystwyth.
A seaside resort on the Cardigan Bay coast of southern Gwynedd, Tywyn is right in the heart of Wales — where the mountain meets the sea.
With a huge choice of attractions on offer, the long stretch of sandy coastline is famous for its beautiful sunsets which can be viewed from the promenade above the beach.
Tywyn station is also surrounded by activities such as the Talyllyn Railway — the oldest preserved railway in the world, known as ‘The Railway with a Heart of Gold’.
Aberdovey is a small peaceful seaside village, nestled on the north side of the Dyfi estuary. With a quaint harbour and accommodation perfect for exploring the West side of Wales, it’s a great place for visitors seeking adventures — with sailing, sailboarding and fishing to name a few.
A good place to start is CMC Adventure, a Christian-run outdoor education centre on the tidal estuary, welcoming groups, schools and individuals with lots of activities on offer.
The village is also surrounded by attractions — including spectaular mountain scenery such as the peaks of Cadair Idris.
The railway station serves the eastern outskirts of the seaside resort of Aberdyfi in Gwynedd. It sits in an unusual location on a single track between two tunnels.
A village and seaside resort just 7 miles from Aberystwyth, Borth is a recognised holiday destination with several caravan and camping sites nearby.
One of Borth’s most renowned features is an ancient submerged forest, only visible at low tide on the beach — where stumps of oak, pine and more can be seen peeping through the sand.
It’s also worth taking a trip to Borth Station Museum, a community and heritage centre, bursting with the heyday of the railways and happy holidays by the sea.
An ancient market town and the principal holiday resort at the west coast of Wales, Aberystwyth is a university town and tourist destination unofficially known as the capital of Mid Wales.
The town is nestled between three hills, two beaches and several historic features including castle ruins and seafront Victorian buildings. The wide promenade is the perfect spot to relax, soak up the surrounding views and enjoy some local cuisine.
The town is also home to the Vale of Rheidol, a steam train that will take you on a journey along the Rheidol Valley, which showcases some of the most spectacular scenery Wales has to offer.
A railway station which splits the line to Aberystwyth and the Cambrian Coast line to Pwllheli. More info and facilities here.
At the head of the beautiful Dyfi estuary in Mid Wales and famously known as the ‘town with the clock’, Machynlleth has a mix of activities including arts and crafts, mountain bike trails, wonderful scenery and more.
If you’re visiting in September, be sure to visit The Glyndŵr Festival which celebrates one of Wales’ most famous sons, Owain Glyndŵr.
A Caersws on the River Severn in Powys, Caersws is halfway between Aberystwyth and Shrewsbury and holds two Roman forts of Roman Wales.
Llanwnnog Church, a single-chambered structure, is at the heart of the community and downhill Mountain Biking has flourished in forestry at the north of the village.
A pretty market town with rich industrial heritage, Newtown is situated in the heart of mid Wales on the banks of the River Severn.
Newtown is most famous for the birth of world’s first mail-order store, the Pryce Jones building. The iconic building can be found next to Newtown train station.
Whether you’re adventure seeking or looking for a quiet weekend away, Newtown has it all.
Just three miles from the Welsh border, this market town is known for it’s blockbuster castle and gardens.
A quirky town nestled in a loop of the River Severn, Shrewsbury is full of higgledy-piddledy streets with a mix of old and new architecture.
Visit the Old Market Hall in the town square well known for its Farmers Markets and festivals, and standing on a hill just above the town is Shrewsbury Castle — home to a spectacular collection of memorabilia from the 18th century to the present day.