Porthmadog tourist information & travel guide
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Porthmadog tourist guide
Porthmadog is a harbour town often referred to as the gateway to the Snowdonia National Park. There are some great shops and attractions, with no fewer than three narrow-gauge railways with stations located in the town. There's the Welsh Highland to Caernarfon, the shorter Welsh Highland Heritage and the Ffestiniog Railway.
Porthmadog's was once a very busy harbour town with the export of slate being the main activity during times past. The Maritime Museum traces this heritage and history in a series of fascinating displays.
There is a 19th century, mile-long embankment, called the Cob, which was built to reclaim agricultural land, is possibly the town's most famous landmark. A few miles to the west of the town are the Black Rock Sands which presents a multi-coloured rocky headland with low-tide caverns. And just to the east of this area is one of the most famous private villages in the world - thanks to the 1960's television series 'The Prisoner' that was set there - the Italianate Portmeirion, set on its own peninsula.
The Snowdonia area is of course world-famous for walking, hiking and climbing - everything from gentle slope-walking needing nothing but a strong pair of walking shoes and a set of waterproofs, to exhilarating climbing requiring professional equipment, Ordinance Survey guides, a reasonable level of fitness and plenty of planning in advance. Snowden itself offers plenty of recognised paths, but the surrounding mountains, offering equally dramatic views and walks mustn't be forgotten as suitable options for those either not willing or unable to scale the dizzy heights.
It's fair to say that the Snowdonia mountains offer the rock climber some of the best and most challenging climbing in the world. And there is always the Snowdon Mountain Railway for those who want to conquer the mountain the effortless way!