The County of Gwynedd is a land of heroic legends and often untold history. The historic market town of Dolgellau is in the southern part of Snowdonia National Park, with almost all its buildings listed for their architectural or historical interest by Cadw, the Welsh body responsible for protecting Wales’ historic environment.
There are so many historic buildings to be seen in Dolgellau
The town’s streets and alleys are steeped in history, with old mill houses, brewing houses, buildings with original wool loading bay doors and winch hoods, converted smithies and press buildings, former fulling and weaving cottages, centuries old converted gaols such as Y Sosban and Y Meirionnydd, and many an ancient ‘plas’ which were homes to local gentry.
Places to eat and drink in Dolgellau
Dolgellau prides itself on being a bit of a ‘foodie’ town of late and has numerous eating places including the recently refurbished Ship Hotel, Y Meirionnydd, Gwin Dylanwad Wine which is a fantastic award winning wine bar serving wonderful lunches, atmospheric cafes such as Popty’r Dref, Y Sosban, Gwyndy and T H Roberts together with the tapas bar at Tafarn y Gader, The Gatehouse Steakhouse and Chinese and Indian restaurants to boot. There are also some up-market hotels and restaurants serving good food and with great scenery at the Cross Foxes, Bwyty Mawddach, Penmaenuchaf Hall and George III, all within a couple of miles of the town.
There are a good number of friendly pubs such as the Unicorn, Torrent, Stag, Cross Keys and the newly opened Beechwood House, a retro inspired drinking parlour offering over 100 different types of gin and more than 60 different kinds of rum, as well as cocktails and the usual drink offerings.
Things to do during your holiday in Dolgellau
However, Dolgellau has much more to offer than food and drink. The surrounding area is perfect for a walking, climbing or cycling holiday in the company of friends or family with many picturesque paths and trails to choose from such as the scenic Mawddach Trail and Precipice Walks, paths and trails alongside magnificent waterfalls, lakes and rivers and the very popular mountain bike centre at Coed y Brenin for a range of different abilities.
Dolgellau is close to the mountains, with Wales’ second highest peak Cader Idris on its doorstep and rising majestically over the town, and also to the sea with beaches at Barmouth or Fairbourne. The well-known Italianite village of Portmeirion is a must for the first time visitor, and there are several narrow-gauge railways such as Talyllyn, Ffestiniog and the Welsh Highland Railway, romantic castles such as Castell y Bere and Dolwyddelan, both once home to the Welsh king Llywelyn Fawr or Llywelyn the Great in the 13th century; and not forgetting the larger more fortified castles built by Edward I at Harlech and Cricieth.
All these places are easy day or half-day trips, and only a select few, with many more attractions and experiences to enjoy in the area. One visit will never be enough, and having been once, you will want to return again and again.
Self catering in Dolgellau
Pen y Bryn is a self catering cottage situated in Dolgellau, Gwynedd, North Wales.
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