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Things to do in Barmouth

Published on 15 Mar 2013 by Gwion Llwyd

I asked our friend Serena, a 19yr student from Barmouth, to write an article entitled ‘Things to do in Barmouth’. This is what she had to say.

I live in Barmouth, North Wales. Love traveling, baking and Disney. I’m off to Uni in September.’ Here are my thoughts on the top things to do in the Barmouth.

Ice Cream

Knickerbockers Ice Cream parlour is my favourite place to go to for a sweet fix in Barmouth. Classic flavours are available but there are also more adventurous choices like ‘bubblegum’ and ‘amaretto & black cherry’. My favourite is the lemon curd, irresistibly scrummy.


We are spoilt for choice for beaches in this area. Barmouth beach is possibly one of the nicest around however. The beach holds the coveted Blue Flag award for cleanliness.


The most popular spots around Barmouth for fishing are the harbour at high tide and the railway bridge connecting Barmouth to Fairbourne. During the summer there are also boat fishing trips from Barmouth harbour. As a kid, my family and I would grab a pastry from ‘Browns’ bakery in town before walking onto the bridge for a great afternoon of crabbing. Plenty of fishing tackle type shops in town to pick up all the equipment you need.


Barmouth is surrounded by beautiful countryside. The ‘Panorama Walk,’ is a must for anyone interested in viewing Barmouth in a different light.


The Mawddach trail has quickly become one of the most popular things to do in Barmouth. I’d recommend the trail for cyclists of all ages. The levelled route begins by crossing Barmouth Bridge then continues along a disused railway track which follows the estuary to the town of Dolgellau some 8 miles away. You can cut the route short by stopping off at the George III pub for a drink or light lunch before cycling back into town. If you haven’t brought your own bike with you just pop into Birmingham Garage (just on your way out of Barmouth towards Dolgellau) where you can hire one.
Things To Do In Barmouth | Mawddach Trail

The Dragon Theatre

A converted Victorian chapel in the centre of town now holds a 186-seat theatre auditorium. Film screenings, workshops, and all sorts of community theatre events are held throughout the year. The theatre also hosts a ‘Jazz and Blues’ night every 4th Friday of the month, as well as other, one off, live music concerts.


The ‘Original Milk Bar’ is Barmouth’s most famous café laid out as an old fashioned classic diner. ‘Ebeneezer’s Chapel & Emporium’ is like walking into Aladdin’s cave – an interesting shop and café found in an old converted chapel. Finally, the hot chocolate at Davey Jones’ Locker on the harbour is a must for all visitors to Barmouth.


My recommendation in Barmouth would be the Last Inn. The staff are friendly and it has a warm cosy atmosphere.


Bistro Bermo is one of the nicest restaurants in town. They only have around 16 covers however so book early to avoid disappointment.

Fish & Chips

No seaside trip is complete without at least one visit to a ‘chippy.’ My choice in Barmouth would have to be the famous, award winning ‘The Mermaid,’ but be sure to jump in the queue when it’s quiet or else you could be forced into a 30 minute wait at least, but they sure as heck are worth it!

For Children

During the summer the beach comes alive and has lots of activities such as beach trampolining, bouncy castles and donkey rides. The amusements opposite have the classic waltzers, dodgems and mini rollercoaster rides. Candyfloss and kiss me quick hats are available, but not compulsory.

Things to do in Barmouth | Events

There are a range of events and short/ small festivals that take place in Barmouth and the surrounding area every year, all year, including:

Barmouth Kite Festival
Saturday & Sunday 11th & 12th May
Saturday & Sunday 13th & 14th July
Barmouth Beach

Three Peaks Yacht Race
Saturday 15th June
Starts from Barmouth Harbour

Family Fun Day
Saturday 29th June
Talybont Square, Barmouth.

Country Music and Line Dancing Festival
Saturday & Sunday 6th & 7th July
Talybont Square, Barmouth.

Mawddach Paddlesports Festival
Saturday & Sunday 13th & 14th July
Mawddach Estury, Barmouth.

Barmouth Walking Festival
Saturday 14th – Monday 23rd September
Barmouth and surrounding area.

Barmouth Motocross Weekend
Saturday & Sunday 26th & 27th October
Barmouth Beach

Barmouth Beach

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