Barmouth is well worth a visit whether you live in Wales or further afield. Find out more about where it is, its history and things to do while you’re there. Buy your train ticket to Barmouth now and see this charming seaside town for yourself.


Where is Barmouth?

It’s a popular seaside town on the northwest coast of Wales. It developed around the shipbuilding and slate mining industries and is surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside Wales has to offer.

Barmouth is southern Eryri's most popular seaside resort, with breathtaking views of Cardigan Bay and its harbour. With the picturesque River Mawddach flowing through the town and out to sea, many tourists arrive in Barmouth to explore Eryri National Park and walk around the sweeping curve of Cardigan Bay to Porthmadog.

There’s plenty for children to enjoy too. A land train runs along the promenade, and you’ll also find traditional donkey rides, swing boats and amusement arcades.


Spend the day at Barmouth beach

Many of us love the seaside atmosphere and Barmouth doesn’t disappoint. It’s a family-friendly beach with golden sands, stretching for miles around the sweeping bay. This means it doesn’t get too crowded. Awarded a Blue Flag for cleanliness and safety, the waters are perfect for swimming and surfing.

Nearby, the mile-long promenade is lined with stalls selling ice cream and candy floss, and there’re plenty of cafes too if all that excitement makes you want to stop for a bite to eat. Running along the length of the promenade, the land train is a leisurely way to enjoy the seafront.

In the summer, if building sandcastles isn’t enough, children can explore the trampolines, a bouncy castle and a pirate ship.


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Enjoy some history at Fairbourne Steam Railway

Running from the village of Fairbourne to Barmouth along the Mawddach Estuary, the Fairbourne Steam Railway has been in operation for over 100 years. Originally designed as a two-foot gauge tramway with horse-drawn trams, it was converted to a 15-inch railway in 1916. It was then completely rebuilt in 1986 to become a 12+1⁄4 in gauge.

Five beautifully restored steam engines take passengers on the two-mile journey through glorious scenery. Run by a team of dedicated volunteers, the steam railway gives everyone a chance to experience living history. Tickets start from just £6.70.

Fairbourne Steam Railway


Explore nature on the Panorama Walk

Taking walkers through some of the most spectacular scenery in Wales, the panorama walk covers a variety of natural habitats. Nature lovers have been following this route since the Victorian period. Following the curve of Cardigan Bay around the Mawddach estuary, you can enjoy splendid views of the Cambrian Mountains. Cader Idris, the tallest peak in the range, is popular with climbers and many say it rivals Yr Wyddfa for difficulty. 

Much of the walk is suitable for young children, but there’re some exceptionally steep stretches and certain sections can get very wet at times. You’ll pass Llechau’r Garn, also known as the Barmouth Slabs and there’re some jaw-dropping views from the top if you’re feeling up to the climb. The old Victorian gardens have fallen into disrepair but present an ethereal atmosphere. As this is a circular route, you can head straight for the nearest tea shop when you return to Barmouth.


In Barmouth on a rainy day?

Despite Barmouth being a seaside town, there’re still plenty of things you can do on a rainy day. If you love old school arcades, take a visit to Las Vegas Amusements. Filled with traditional amusement games like slot machines and the claw, it’s the perfect place to spend hours of fun, get rid of those spare pennies and even win yourself a teddy bear if you’re lucky.

If sports are more your thing, why not visit the local leisure centre? It’s got a fully equipped gym, classes and indoor cycling - perfect if you’re staying in Barmouth for an extended holiday. 

Barmouth Lesiure Centre


Not to be missed

  • Eryri National Park - On the train or on foot, why not take the opportunity to summit Wales' highest mountain, Yr Wyddfa? There are over 90 other peaks and 100 lakes just waiting to be explored. The scenery of Eryri is breath-taking to behold.
  • Portmeirion Village - This historic 'ideal village' was built by Welsh architect Clough Williams Ellis and took 48 years to complete. The village is famous worldwide for its unique architecture, set in beautiful subtropical gardens. There’re also restaurants, shops, hotels and a spa. There’s something for everyone to enjoy here.


How about that weekend in Barmouth?

Walking - Barmouth’s a great starting point for some relaxing strolls along the beach or surrounding hills. If you’re looking for something a bit more taxing, head inland to some of Eryri’s finest (and highest) peaks.

Explore the castles - Hop on the train for a day out at Harlech Castle, a mighty coastal fortress in a spectacular setting. It’s just a 10-minute walk from Harlech railway station. The train can also take you to Criccieth Castle, originally built by Llywelyn the Great. This magnificent twin-towered stronghold has a fascinating history to be explored.

Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways - Outstanding scenery and magnificent steam engines await you. Ffestiniog Railway is the world’s oldest narrow-gauge railway with almost 200 years of history. The railway stretches from Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog. It’s well worth a visit.


We hope we’ve given you some inspiration for your next visit to Barmouth. Find train times and prices and buy your tickets now.