Gwynedd - Porthmadog
Porthmadog, known locally as "Port",[ and since 1974, rendered into
Welsh from its former Anglicised form, Portmadoc, is a small coastal
town and community in the Eifionydd area of Gwynedd, in Wales. Prior
to the Local Government Act 1972 it was in the administrative county
of Caernarfonshire. The town lies 5 miles (8 km) east of Criccieth,
11 miles (18 km) south west of Blaenau Ffestiniog, 25 miles (40 km)
north of Dolgellau and 20 miles (32 km) south of Caernarfon. It has
a population of 4,187.
The town developed in the 19th century as a port exporting slate to
England. Since the decline of the slate industry it has become an
important shopping centre for the surrounding area and a popular
tourist destination. It has easy access to the Snowdonia National
Park and is the terminus of the Ffestiniog Railway. In 1987 the
National Eisteddfod was held in Porthmadog.
The community includes the nearby villages of Borth-y-Gest, Morfa
Bychan and Tremadog.
Porthmadog came into existence after William Madocks, in 1811, built
a sea wall, the Cob, 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
Ty Newydd B&B - Holiday Flats
Tel: 01766 512553
Newydd (meaning New House) is a 19 th Century stone built detached
house in the village of Tremadog (Madocs Town). Only having three
letting rooms you become part of the family, and are treated as
such. Ty Newydd Holiday Flats are behind the main house, with
parking outside. The flats back on to what was the old jail house of
Tremadog. It is said that the flats used be a barn that was used to
house the police carts and horses.
Tremadog, on the border of the Snowdonia National park is the birth
place of T E Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) and Shelly used to stay
in the area which is were he got the inspiration for his works. The
Village was built up in 1806 by the Madoc family who use to mine
slate from Blaenau Ffestiniog to ship round the world from
Porthmadog (Madocs Port).
Tremadog has a Village square which hosts three pubs all doing very
good food and Ale. There is also a Restaurant, Spar shop, Post
Office and Chip Shop. We have a good bus service going to Porthmadog
and Caernarfon. The main line railway station is 1/2mile away and
the Ffestiniog railway is 11/2 miles away. You could spend yours day
lazing on the sandy beach at black rock sands or wonder through the
rolling hills of Snowdonia. You could take your car or the bus to
the many attractions such as Llechwedd slate caverns, Electric
Mountain, Portmeirion Village, the Ffestiniog Steam Railway or visit
one of the many local castles.
Llwyn Derw B&B
Tel: 01766 513869 / 07891 835576
Llwyn Derw is a Grade 2 listed Arts and Crafts period house which is
well preserved with good interior features, tastefully refurbished
with modern facilities. It is situated approximately half a mile
(1km) from the busy harbour town of Porthmadog which boasts over
thirty eating establishments. The house is detached and situated
amongst mature oak trees with wooded walks and panoramic views of
the sea, Harlech Castle and the Rhinogydd mountains. There is a
gravelled parking area for three cars and safe parking on the lane
leading to the house. This comfortable bed & breakfast is ideally
situated for exploring North Wales. FREE WiFi.
Llwyn Derw has a Gallery and a resident artist,
here for more details.
From the main street in Porthmadog, take road next to The Post
signposted for Borth-y-Gest and Morfa Bychan. Just after you see the
Y junction for Borth y Gest on your left, Llwyn Derw is on the right
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Velog B&B Guest House
Velog guesthouse you are offered warm and friendly hospitality from
a family who enjoy meeting and looking after our customers.
We strive to provide our guests with a service that is informal yet
professional. Retaining a warm atmosphere, which our guests often
describe as being a "home from home". So ensuring that our guests
are comfortable and relaxed.
We offer all our guests excellent home cooked food that is
traditional and can be tailored to their dietary needs.
Our food uses locally sourced Welsh ingredients where ever possible,
to give you that authentic taste of Wales. Velog's Bed and Breakfast
rates are from:-
£25.00 per person per night based on 2 people sharing and £50.00 per
night for a single occupancy.