Attractions near Bodloesygad Cottage


North Wales is justly famous for its castles, and you can visit one every day of the week from this house.  Our favourites are Harlech and the much smaller, but beautifully located, Dolwyddelan.

Swimming Pools

These can be found in Blaenau Ffestiniog, Harlech and Porthmadog.  All are good value and have family sessions, and adult only sessions.


The coast is 25 minutes drive away. There is a long sandy beach at Harlech, backed by sand dunes.  It is a lovely beach to walk along, fly kites on and excellent for paddling and if you can brave the temperature of the sea, good for swimming.An alternative is the little sandy coves just up the coast from Borth-y-gest.  There is also a nice beach at Portmeirion.  Morfa Bwchan is a large sandy beach near Porthmadog, where you can take the car onto the sand, and there are rocks to scramble on at either end.  Criccieth has a pretty, pebbled and sheltered beach and offers the opportunity to have a famous Cadwallader’s ice cream.

Narrow guage railways

The Ffestiniog Railway runs from Blaenau Ffestinog to Porthmadog, and is a good trip out on a wet or a fair day.  If you don’t want to go the whole way, you can get a return ticket to any station on the way - Tan-y-Bwlch is the half way point and provides a great stopping off point.  This connects with the more recently opened Welsh Highland Railway in Porthmadog, which goes through the beautiful Aber Glaslyn Pass all the way to Caernarfon.


Snowdon mountain railway

Houses and gardens

There are a number of National Trust and other properties open to the public in the area.  For example, Penrhyn Castle near Bangor is a 19th century fantasy castle in spectacular surroundings.  In contrast, Ty Mawr, near Penmachno, is an interesting old stone built house.  Bodnant Gardens are beautiful in spring, summer and autumn and there is a good cafe and shop there.

Town and Villages 

Porthmadog is well worth a visit, with its pretty harbour, an independent bookshop and many gift shops and cafes. Our favourite is the Big Rock Cafe on the high street. They service a great range of sandwiches, light lunches and home made cakes and pastries.

Betws y coed is a popular destination, with the nearby Swallow Falls and many lovely walks in the surrounding woods and hills.

Beddgelert is a pretty little town, with some interesting shops and cafes, as well as the chance to walk to the grave of the faithful hound, Gelert, after which the town is named.

Machynlleth with its regular market is worth a visit and you can go on to the nearby Centre for Alternative Technology on the same trip.

The Llechwydd Slate Caverns, just beyond Blaenau Ffestiniog provide a fascinating insight into local industrial history.  Blaenau itself is set in dramatic surroundings, of the slate mines and tips.

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