The market town of Pwllheli is on the Llŷn Peninsula, in the northwest corner of Wales, and benefits from the shelter given by Cardigan Bay. Thanks to a large proportion of the inhabitants speaking Welsh, visitors are offered a real slice of Welsh history, culture and traditional Welsh friendliness. Pwllheli grew around the fishing and shipbuilding industries, and it’s the birthplace of Plaid Cymru.
With the regular train services and closeness to Porthmadog there are plenty of family-orientated attractions to enjoy, making this town the ideal holiday destination.
1. Build Sandcastles on Pwllheli Beach
The lucky inhabitants of Pwllheli actually have access to two beautiful beaches - Glan y Don and South Beach, with the former being one of the best-kept secrets of North Wales. Stretching for around three miles to the Penychain headland, backed by a large dune complex, the sand is soft and golden, while the South Beach is covered by shingle and goes from Llanbedrog with its impressive promenade, to Gimblet Rock. The promenade gives easy access to the nearby skate park, local shops and other amenities.
Glan y Don has been awarded a blue flag for water quality, beach safety and management, and with shallow waters, a lifeguard service and plenty of space, it’s popular with families, surfers, sailors and fishermen.
- Perfect for young families
- Blue Flag beach
- Pwllheli Beach Website
2. Walk the Llŷn Coastal Path
Following the scenic coast around 91 miles (146 km) of the Llŷn Peninsula, the Llŷn Coastal Path is a waymarked trail and part of the much longer Wales Coast Path. Running from Porthmadog to Caernarfon, much of the path passes through Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Opening in 2006, the route has been improved over the ensuing years, with the surface suitable for cycling if you prefer. Most of the trains to Pwllheli have dedicated bike spaces if you wish to bring your bike.
Taking you through sheltered coves, across rugged clifftops, and deep valleys, this route would have been walked by pilgrims on their way to Bardsley Island, the supposed burial place of the magician Merlin and now a National Nature Reserve.
The abundant wildlife attracts many visitors to the area, with Atlantic grey seals and bottle nosed dolphins often visible off the coast, while the dunes and heathland are home to goldfinches, sand martins and stonechats. One of the few sites that choughs breed, and the only place in mainland Britain where you’ll see the spotted rock rose growing wild, the Llŷn Coastal Path is a must for all nature lovers.
- Explore the glorious Welsh coastline
- Visit ancient castles along the route
- Llŷn Coastal Path Website
3. Go Wild at Glasfryn Parc Activity Centre
With so many activities to enjoy at Glasfryn Parc Activity Centre, there’s something for everyone, and whether it’s wet weather or sunshine, it won’t take away from the fun.
Activities include go-karts, archery and soft play, while the stunning lakes are ideal for wakeboarding, the water obstacle course, and even coarse fishing lessons. Adrenaline junkies should head for the 4 metre high ‘The Blob’, but for a spot of relaxation, kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding across the tranquil lake with beautiful mountain views lets stress dissolve.
Enjoy homemade meals in the cafe, choose from the restaurant menu, or try the licenced bar. For locally produced treats, the on-site shop has a full selection, along with a great range of gifts and goodies.
- Perfect for families
- Enjoy a huge range of fun activities
- Glasfryn Parc Activity Centre Website
Pwllheli has countless attractions and with a choice of places to stay, including cosy B&Bs, comfy cottages and high-end hotels.
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