Things to do in Porthmadog, Gwynedd
Porth, as it is frequently known, had its heyday in the 19th century when it exported local slate for roofs.
Nowadays it is a popular tourist haven, bordering the Snowdonia National Park.
This area is a rich feeding ground for migrating and local sea birds including oystercatchers, redshanks and curlews.
The Ffestiniog Railway is a well-known local attraction but it was actually built in 1836 to transport slate from nearby quarries to the flourishing port.19th century.
Present Day Porthmadog
Porthmadog remains a small and pretty community with a population of around 4,000 people.
It has a high percentage of Welsh speakers, particularly youngsters in the 10-14 age group, but visitors are given a warm and friendly welcome in English.
Local Eisteddfods are regularly hosted in the town along with the annual fell race known as Ras Moel y Gest.
The main street runs through the centre of the bustling town, lined with independent shops, a post office and local businesses.listed steps called Grisiau Mawr climb between the tiered houses and give superb views of the harbour from the top on Garth Road.
Porthmadog has been the home of many Welsh artists, musicians and writers including, for a time, Percy Bysshe Shelley; Lawrence of Arabia, known for his part in the Arab revolt of 1916, was born in Porthmadog at Lawrence House.
Things to Do in Porthmadog
Tourism is the main industry in Porthmadog and the extensive sandy beach at Black Rock Sands is always popular.
Swimming and water sports are common and the water quality is said to be excellent.Snowdonia National Park with its forested mountains, which is right on the doorstep.
The Maritime Museum is a fascinating place to learn more about local shipbuilding history.
The curator will regale visitors with local tales including the story of the last ship built in Porthmadog in 1913.
Superstition has it that it sank on its maiden voyage as the champagne bottle failed to break on the bows when she was launched.
It takes passengers on a 13-mile climb up Blaenau Ffestiniog through some great mountain scenery.
Just outside Porthmadog is the magical Italianate village of Portmeirion.
Beautiful architecture set in magnificent botanical gardens makes this a delightful paradise to visit.
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