Barmouth is a coastal town that's just a 15-minute car journey away from Capel Soar. It is known as Abermaw or Y Bermo in Welsh and is nestled at the mouth of the river Mawddach, making it one of the most beautiful locations in Wales. The town's west-facing beach is perfect for watersports and bathing, with a mixture of sand and shingle. Children can enjoy a traditional donkey ride and amusement arcades, or take a leisurely walk across the spectacular Barmouth Bridge spanning the estuary. Barmouth is rich in history, with connections to the shipping and slate industries, and its old town features charming slate-roofed cottages on the side of a mountain. There are plenty of things to do for all budgets and tastes, making Barmouth an ideal destination for those seeking to relax, unwind, and immerse themselves in the stunning scenery and friendly atmosphere.
If you're not in the mood for a beach day, head over to The Birmingham Garage on Church Street, conveniently located near Barmouth harbour. This is an excellent option for those looking to explore the area's scenic bike trails, especially the Mawddach Trail. With an extensive range of bicycles available for hire, finding the ideal ride to suit your preferences and needs is a breeze.
SUP Barmouth offers an array of paddle-boarding experiences that cater to individuals of all levels of experience, ranging from complete beginners to seasoned pros who wish to refresh their knowledge of the tides and currents in Barmouth. Their diverse selection ensures there's something for everyone, and large groups can also be easily accommodated.
Taking a walk to Dinas Oleu is also a fantastic way to experience the natural beauty and history of Barmouth. The hilltop provides breathtaking panoramic views of the town, the Mawddach estuary, and the Welsh mountains. This area was the very first piece of land donated to the National Trust back in 1895 by Mrs. Fanny Talbot.
A provider of outdoor activities, Snowdonia Adventure Activities, is located in Llanbedr, between Harlech and Barmouth . They offer a diverse range of activities such as kayaking, climbing, mountain biking, gorge walking, rock climbing, and SUPing, making them one of the top choices for outdoor enthusiasts in the region.
Bwlchgwyn Farm Pony Trekking & Horse Riding is located about a 25 minutes drive from Barmouth and only 16 minutes from Capel Soar. They offer many Pony Trekking and Horse riding activities for novices and experienced riders. You can trek along the beach and the beautiful Snowdonian mountains. Check their website for more information.
If you're visiting with children, you may want to check out the small fairground located on the seafront. The fairground features rides such as the waltzer, twister, and a small children's roller coaster that is sure to delight young visitors. In addition to the fairground, there are also a couple of arcades nearby.
Children can also enjoy a traditional donkey ride on the beach which has been awarded a Blue Flag for cleanliness and safety. The waters are perfect for swimming, and surfing, and the mile-long promenade is lined with stalls selling delicious ice cream and candy floss.
The Fairbourne Steam Railway is also a hit with children. They'll love the experience of riding on this historic railway, which has been running for more than a century, and connects the village of Fairbourne to Barmouth along the scenic Mawddach Estuary.
The Panorama Walk offers a breathtaking journey through some of Wales' most stunning scenery. This popular route has been a favourite of hikers since the Victorian era and takes you through diverse natural habitats. As you walk along the curve of Cardigan Bay and around the Mawddach estuary, you'll be treated to awe-inspiring views of the Cambrian mountain range. One of the most challenging peaks in the range is Cader Idris, which some say is comparable in difficulty to the famous Snowdon.
The firsts section of the Panorama Walk is mostly suitable for young children, but there are some steep sections that may prove difficult for families with little ones, and some parts of the trail can become quite muddy. Along the way, you'll come across the Barmouth Slabs, also known as Llechau’r Garn, which provides an incredible view from the top for those feeling up for the challenge. You'll also come across an old Victorian garden, which used to be a popular attraction. As the walk is circular, once you return to Barmouth, you can head straight to the nearest tea shop and relax after your adventure.
Food and Drink
The Fanny Talbot is a modern and stylish gastropub in the heart of Barmouth, offering high-quality food.
The Foxglove is a fantastic vegan restaurant in the heart of Barmouth. Their focus is on offering a five-course set menu that features organic and locally sourced ingredients, including foraged foods.
The Bank is one of our personal favourites, providing a more formal dining experience with friendly staff, beautiful interiors and delicious food.
Davy Jones Locker is a charming eatery located in a historic nautical - themed building on the harbor. Indulge in a light lunch, coffee, or delicious cake.
The Lobster Pot has a casual and relaxed feel. Situated on the seafront, they offer delicious fresh seafood.
Isis Pizza situated on the picturesque harbour, is the perfect place to indulge in mouth-watering pizza while enjoying the stunning seaside views.
Goodies Coffee Shop, located on the high street, serves delicious cakes and light lunches.
Bistro Bermo in Barmouth boasts a menu featuring locally sourced Welsh meats and fish.
The Captains Table is a small restaurant centrally placed on the high street. Run by Husband & Wife Team, they offer a varied menu.
The Inglenook is a small and traditional restaurant that predominantly serve seafood.
Ebeneezer's Shop houses a quirky cafe for those who want to enjoy a coffee or a snack somewhere a little bit different.
The George III in Penmaenpool is situated on the opposite side of the estuary to Barmouth. Their location offers a stunning view of the estuary and serves great food. Visitors can either walk over the iconic bridge from Barmouth or stop off while walking or cycling The Mawddach Trail.
The Norbar is also located just outside Barmouth. Their menu features great food and, on sunny days, you can enjoy your meal in the sunshine with a view of the sea.
Barmouth has a variety of shops, many of which are independently owned and offer unique and locally crafted items.
Art enthusiasts can explore galleries showcasing original pieces and prints created by local artists or those with ties to the town. Home décor enthusiasts will find Pieces for Places a must-visit store. There are also several antique shops that sell interesting items.
If you find yourself in need of some essentials during your visit, don't worry - the town has got you covered. The sizeable Co-op Food store stocks a full range of groceries. And, if you're looking for a thoughtful gift for someone who has taken care of your home while you're away, there are plenty of shops offering locally themed items. Sweet tooths will enjoy the town's sweet shops, including the popular fudge shop and Knickerbocker's Ice Cream Parlour.