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Top Choice Village in Porthmadog

Portmeirion Village

Set on its own tranquil peninsula reaching into the estuary, this fantastical collection of colourful buildings with a heavy Italian influence was masterminded by Welsh architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis. Starting …
Top Choice Area in Aberdaron

Braich-y-Pwll

The rugged, ethereally beautiful extremity of the Llŷn Peninsula is where medieval pilgrims set off to reach the holy island of Bardsey; one glimpse of their destination, rising out of the gunmetal-grey sea beyond t…
Top Choice Bistro in Porthmadog

Y Sgwâr

On the main square in Tremadog, Porthmadog's immediate neighbour, this cosmopolitan Welsh restaurant has the best food in either town. The service is super attentive and friendly, and dishes such as roast cod with l…
Top Choice Performing Arts in Porthmadog

Festival No 6

Started in 2012, this rock and dance-music festival with arts, culture, comedy and food components has topped many best-festival lists and makes imaginative use of Portmeirion's varied and dream-like environment ove…
Top Choice Pub Food in Morfa Nefyn

Tŷ Coch Inn

At the western end of Porth Dinllaen – reached either by water or by walking through the Nefyn Golf Club's course and turning beachwards once you reach the Iron Age hill fort – is the legendary Tŷ Coch Inn. Famous f…
Gallery in Llanbedrog

Oriel Plas Glyn-y-Weddw

A diverse collection of work by contemporary Welsh artists – all available for purchase – is only part of the attraction of Wales's oldest gallery. It's worth visiting just to gape at the flamboyant Victorian Gothic…
Church in Aberdaron

St Hywyn's Church

Stoically positioned above a pebbly beach, St Hywyn's Church has a left half dating from 1100 and a right half that was added 400 years later to accommodate pilgrims. Inside there's information about local history; …
International in Criccieth

Dylan's

Making happy use of Morannedd – a light-filled, 1950s, deco-style beachside pavilion designed by Portmeirion architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis and once used by Butlin's for afternoon tea dances – Dylan's is the sl…
Italian in Abersoch

Venetia

Taking its seafood directly from local catches where possible (Aberdaron crab and Cardigan Bay scallops are common), the in-house restaurant at this smartly maintained Victorian guesthouse is one of Abersoch's best.…
Beach in Morfa Nefyn

Porth Dinllaen

Porth Dinllaen is on a tiny thumb of land jutting north into the Irish Sea from Morfa Nefyn. Offering a lovely, sheltered beach, today it is owned in its entirety by the National Trust, which maintains a small infor…