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Things to do in Pwllheli

Published on 5 May 2016 by Gwion Llwyd

Pwllheli, is the main market town and unofficial capital of the llyn Peninsula. The town is full of character with its narrow streets which have many independent shops, traditional pubs, cafes and restaurants. Its award winning marina is host to a number of sailing events.


Offer gorge walking, canyoning, kayaking, climbing, mountain biking and going underground.
Pwllheli Sailing Club holds the status of a Volvo Champion Club, so if you want to enjoy a bit of sailing while you are in the area, we would recommend you visit here.
The Pwllheli Golf Course was founded in 1900 and is a unique course offering both tree lined parkland and a links golfing experience. The golf club has fabulous views including those of the Cambrian Coast, Snowdonia Mountains and the Llyn Peninsula.
Glasfryn Parc is 5 miles from Pwllheli and a must if you’re looking for a little adrenaline infused activity. Wakeboarding, karting and quad biking are all on offer as well as bowling, fishing and archery for those who are looking for something a little less intense.
Not the most obvious of activities, but this is segway as you have never seen before; off road no less! You can also have a more leisurely cruise around the 30 acres of beautiful forest. Based at The Dragon Raiders Adventure Park, they offer paintballing on site too.
Bear Grylls has his survival academy on the Llyn Peninsula offering you a chance to learn survival techniques out in the wilderness; it’s an amazing opportunity for you to learn life skills that you never know when you just might need.
Navsar rent out jet skis for you to explore the coastline of the Llyn Peninsula closer than ever before. It’s an exhilarating day and as a guide is require, there is no fear of getting lost!
Pen Llyn Lusitano Stud and Riding centre offers classic lessons alongside treks and hacks. They cater for taylor made riding holidays and are recognised as the UK’s leading breeder of Lusitano ponies.


The beaches here are mainly south facing and have been awarded the prestigious European Blue Flag Award. Glan y Mor beach near the marina is sandy and sheltered. South beach is mainly shingle and pebble, stretching the length of the promenade with a play area and skate park nearby.
Has two excellent Blue Flag beaches. Marine Beach, to the west of the castle is pebbly and has views straight out to sea and is safe for bathing. Head west towards Pwllheli and you can walk for miles either along the beach or along the path above. The main beach to the east of the castle is a mixture of pebbles and sand. Walk East, there are rock pools and a small green if you want to have a picnic by the sea without the sand!
There are 3 beaches in total in Llanbedrog, including one of the calmest beaches in Wales. There are beach huts to rent from seasonal, weekly to fail and a cafe / bistro and an ice cream shop a short walk away.


There are 600 castles in Wales, the closest being CRICCIETH The other close ones include, HARLECH, CAERNARFON, BEAUMARIS on Anglesey, PENRHYN CASTLE in Bangor and DOLWYDDELAN in Betws-y-Coed.

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SURF SNOWDONIA is an artificial surf lagoon where they create continuous and perfect waves. Perfect for beginners and those who are looking to improve. No waiting around for the next set of waves. At the centre, there is also a total wipeout waterwall, the ‘blob’ which will see you flying in the air, a soft play centre, a skate ramp and a couple of onsite restaurants/cafes

THE NATIONAL WHITE WATER CENTRE on the river Tryweryn in Bala offers one of the best places in the country to white water raft. The water levels are dam-controlled meaning its rapids still thunder down the river during the summer months so you will never be disappointed by the conditions.

The hidden coves of the Llyn Peninsula


The walks in the surrounding area are both incredible and numerous and whilst in the area, you absolutely should take advantage of this. For some ideas of where to walk, you might be interested in these websites:

Mud and Routes is a great information resource for walking in the area. Simply enter where you would like to walk and it will give you some tried and tested routes.

Geocaching is popular in this neck of the woods and if you love a treasure hunt, then this is a great way to while away an afternoon.

If your interested in tackling Snowdon itself while you are here, then here is a simple guide on how to do it: Our very own ‘Really Simple Walking Guide Up Snowdon’


Based just north of Dolgellau, this forest (Coed) offers mountain biking heaven. Ranging from routes for beginners to the more advanced it is fantastic. Free to get in, you can either rent a bike there or take your own. If not all the party are up for cycling, there are also wonderful walks. Take a picnic as there are lots of picnic tables or there is also a cafe that serves food.
There are 4 trails for both novice and advanced riders. Its costs £27.50 for the day. You will need to pre-book a space and you can hire bikes there. Again there is a cafe and other activities on offer.
GLYN Y COED HOTEL in Criccieth, Beics Menai in Caernarfon or LLYN CYCLE HIRE in Aberdaron are the nearest places to hire bikes.

Welsh coastal path on the Llyn Peninsula



THE BLACK LION good traditional pub food
TAFRYN MADRYN great food and ales
TAFARN TU HWNT I’R AFON again a great pub menu


TWNTI SEAFOOD is a little treasure set in a converted barn just outside Pwllheli; running for 26 years, if you like seafood, you should definitely make a visit.
VENUif you like steaks and burgers then a meal at Venu will be is a great place to go
The ALCOVE TAPAS offers a great menu and atmosphere.
The MARINER BISTRO offers a classic bistro menu with good beer!


The BLUE MOON TEA ROOM is a traditional tea room
CABIN CAFE is a throwback to the 60’s; music too and a great place to sit and sing along whilst watching the world go by.


SPICE FUSION offers a good Indian takeaway
THE PHOENIX is the local Chinese contender.


In the centre of town its got to be ARVONIA FISH AND CHIPS


CADWALADERS, Cadwaladers, Cadwaladers……….





Caernarfon is the nearest place for the larger stores and Tesco will deliver.




There is a bus service that runs from Porthmadog along the Llyn Peninsula, through the surrounding towns and villages. The times are not that often so you really need to plan ahead:



If there’s anything I’ve missed or you have any comments please stick them in the comments box below. We’d love to hear from you.

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