- Spend some time by the sea on this sandy beach, perfect for warm summer's days.
- Have a blast at the amusement arcades, and kids can even have a donkey ride on the beach!
- Enjoy one of the popular walks around the Mawddach Estuary, and take in the local beauty.
- Hop on the land train and travel along the promenade next to the water.
When it comes to days out with the family, Welsh beaches are some of the best places to go all year round. Wonderfully warm with a soft breeze in the summer, and blustery yet beautiful in the winter, there's always something to keep you occupied throughout the seasons. And, Traeth Abermaw Beach is no exception. With sandy dunes, a sleepy harbour town and plenty of spaces to stretch out on the sand, this beach is certainly one of Gwynedd's hidden gems.
The town of Barmouth in Snowdonia National Park is known for its beauty and relaxed atmosphere. This seaside town, which is home to Traeth Abermaw Beach, or Barmouth Beach as it is also known, has long been a destination for holiday makers, families and tourists, and is set against beautiful mountains. It's also a popular spot for sportspeople, and is the starting point of the annual Barmouth to Fort William Three Peaks Yacht Race, a triathlon-style race that combines sailing with running and cycling. Those who love a bit of motor sport might also know Barmouth Beach for the motorcross Barmouth Beach Race, where riders take on the challenging sand dunes. Great entertainment for the whole family, the beach race gives this seaside resort a shake up every time it's in town.
However, you don't need to be an avid sportsperson or speed demon to enjoy your day out at Traeth Abermaw - far from it. The beach is normally an idyllic spot, with donkey rides and gently lapping waves that on a warm summer's day will make you feel like you're on the other side of the world. If you like the classic seaside town activities of fish and chips and amusement arcades, Barmouth has everything you need. Las Vegas Amusements on the promenade is the place to go for some seaside coin slot games, and a chance for the kids to use up their pocket money. Along the promenade you'll also find a range of traditional seaside attractions, such as a small fairground that runs during the summer and, of course, donkey rides. The company Barmouth Donkeys are often at the beach, and for a small charge, children can have a short ride along the beach with their furry friend.
If you get a little tired of walking, or just prefer to see the view from another angle, you can also hop on a land train that will take you along the promenade. This is often a welcome idea when the town gets busy in the summer and you have kids in tow. You'll often also find extra entertainment such as trampolines and boat swings dotted along the promenade, which will provide kids with an outlet to get rid of that excess energy. The beach itself is also truly a gem of Southern Snowdonia. With soft sand that makes it great for kids to play with and walk on, as well as stunning sunsets all throughout the year, it is worth taking a trip to Barmouth even if the weather isn't great.
There are also plenty of great walks and bike rides in the area surrounding Barmouth Beach. The Mawddach Estuary is home to the Mawddach Trail or the 'Railway Walk', which is a 15km trail around the Mawddach Estuary, finishing with a walk across the Barmouth bridge. The trail follows the disused railway track all the way around the bay, starting from Dolgellau and ending in Barmouth. If you are in the mood for an all day walk and you have older kids or teens , this is a great way to see the local area in a whole new light. Keep your eyes peeled for birds too, and take the binoculars along if you are a wildlife enthusiast. From the beach you might see dolphins, and the southern Snowdonia area has lots of red kites, ospreys and many more birds.
For something to eat on your visit to Barmouth Beach, there are plenty of food and drink stalls along the promenade, and of course the beach is a fantastic picnic spot. Alternatively, visit one of the nearby Barmouth pubs such as The Last Inn on Church Street or The Royal on King Edward Street, for a tasty pub lunch. You can also find a variety of cafes and eateries around the town.
Snowdonia National Park is a fabulous place to explore as a family, and if you had a great time at Traeth Abermaw Beach and seaside resort, there is still much more to explore. Why not check out the beautiful and historic Caernarfon Castle, also located in Gwynedd, for a taste of Wales's medieval past? Or, for those interested in the Industrial Revolution and the slate history of Wales, head to Llanberis, where you'll find the National Slate Museum, housed in the old workshops of the quarrymen.
What to know before you go
- Barmouth beach is open at all times, with the nearby attractions having their own individual opening hours.
- From 1 April to 30 September on Barmouth Beach, dogs are only allowed in certain areas. Outside of these times dogs are allowed on the beach.
- There is disabled access to the beach, and accessible toilets located just off Marine Parade.
- Barmouth is a Blue Flag beach and has lifeguards on duty during the summer months.
- Barmouth Beach is easy to get to by car via the A496. You can find Barmouth Beach parking next to the shore, for a small charge. There are multiple accessible spots for Blue Badge holders.
- The beach is located right opposite Barmouth station, so you are already by the sea if you choose to travel by train.
- If travelling by bus, there are several bus services that run through Barmouth from nearby towns including Dolgellau.
- Barmouth is located on Route 8 of the National Cycle Network, so is also a great place to visit if you choose to travel by bike. Another popular option is to walk from Dolgellau, which takes about three hours.