Top things to do in Porthmadog

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 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…
Drinks in Porthmadog

Purple Moose

This is the retail front for Purple Moose, an award-winning brewer supplying the better North Welsh pubs. Tipples include Snowdonia Ale, Madog's Ale, Glaslyn Ale, Dark Side of the Moose and the newest addition, Deca…
Village in Porthmadog


The best views over the estuary are from Porthmadog's Terrace Rd, which becomes Garth Rd above the harbour. At its end a path heads down to Borth-y-Gest, a pretty horseshoe of candy-coloured houses overlooking a san…
Cultural in Porthmadog


Here's one to either pencil in or avoid: fans of cult TV show The Prisoner converge on Portmeirion in April for a weekend of dress-ups and human chess. Indoor events are only open to members of the Six of One (the P…
Cafe in Porthmadog

Eric Jones' Cafe

A mile east of Tremadog, this friendly little cafe attracts a lively clientele of climbers and bikers with its all-day breakfasts, toasties, jacket potatoes and chicken korma. Eric, a local legend with the first sol…
Cafe in Porthmadog

Big Rock Cafe

Although this cool cafe is church-run, you needn't fear any morals being served with your morning mocha and the coffee is excellent by Welsh standards. The wholefood-oriented menu stretches to cooked breakfasts, sou…
Department Store in Porthmadog


Established in 1874, this independent store is a local institution. It stocks a limited range of household goods and clothing, but is worth checking out for its upstairs coffee shop and the stained-glass dome above …
Art in Porthmadog

Rob Piercy Gallery

This small commercial gallery showcases the work of Piercy, a local artist and mountaineer who specialises in watercolours of north Wales, particularly Snowdonia and Portmeirion.