Welcome to Porthmadog in Wales

Welcome to Porthmadog

Known locally as ‘Port,’ Porthmadog is situated on the edge of The Snowdonia National Park on the estuary of the Afon Glaslyn as it runs into Tremadog Bay. It’s one of the largest towns in Snowdonia with a population of around 4,200. It has a good selection of shops which make it a natural base for holidaymakers who want to explore Snowdonia and the coastline of the Llŷn Peninsula.

It’s one of the newest towns in Wales, only being created in 1810-1811 after William Madocks built a sea wall (The Cob) and reclaimed a 7,000 acres of Traeth Mawr (The Big Beach). This also happened to create a new natural harbour deep enough for small sailing ships that started to appear around 1825 with the first appearance of the name ‘Port Madoc’ in 1830 when the Ffestiniog Railway opened.

Porthmadog developed as a famous port later in the nineteenth century when it began exporting the slate produced at the quarries in Ffestiniog and Llanfrothen to roof houses in the expanding towns and cities in England and all over the world. By 1873 more than a thousand ships carrying over 116,000 tons of slate left Porthmadog.

The Railway and It’s Legacy

The tracks and locos left behind after the slate trade also make it one of the most popular tourist areas in Wales being the hub of the Ffestiniog Railway, The Welsh Highland Railway and the smaller Welsh Highland Heritage Railway. It’s also one of the stations on the Cambrian Coast main line which runs along the coast from Pwllheli on the Llŷn Peninsula to Machynlleth, there is goes on to Shrewsbury in the East or Aberystwyth in the South.

Featured Posts

Sort Ascending
  • Penaber Bed & Breakfast in Porthmadog

    Penaber Bed & Breakfast

    A distinctive 1930s detached residence standing in three quarters of an acre of land within close walking distance of Porthmadog and Borth y Gest. TheREAD MORE...

  • Plas Tan yr Allt in Porthmadog

    Plas Tan-Yr-Allt

    Perched high on a hillside and nestled amongst some 40 acres of ancient woodlands, the accommodation offers long lensed views over the Glaslyn Estuary.READ MORE...

  • The Statue of Nelson at Portmeirion


    The Italianate village of Portmeirion was created by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and his death in 1976. It has become one of Wales’ largestREAD MORE...

  • Madog Quads Quadtrekking

    Madog Quads

    Quad bike trekking in over thirty acres of countryside with views of the Snowdonia countryside near Porthmadog. The treks offer an exhilarating activity, tailored toREAD MORE...

  • Cadwaladers


    It’s your local café, your space to relax and your special treat.READ MORE...

  • The Welsh Highland Railway

    The Welsh Highland Railway

    The Welsh Highland Railway (WHR) runs 25 miles from Porthmadog to Caernarfon on the north-west coast of Wales, making it the UKs longest heritage railwayREAD MORE...