Cultural & Historical
From bronze-age cairns, via World Heritage Site Castles and World War II tank defences, through to cult 60's TV shows, there is much to see and do in the area.
For hundreds of years the Mawddach estuary and surrounding area has been popular with visitors seeking to escape city life and spend time amongst the beautiful scenery. Millennia of inhabitation and industry have left the hill-tops crisscrossed with paths and tracks and scattered with the remains of earlier activities, while sympathetic schemes in the valley bottom forests have provided important facilities and specialist habitats. Much of the area now falls within the Snowdonia National Park, and is dotted by nature reserves, areas owned by the National Trust and sites of special scientific interest.
Find your Welsh Connection
With the local Dolgellau records office holding such a wide variety of documents stretching back to the 14th Century, researching family history is a popular activity for our visitors. The office is currently open during office hours on weekdays except for Wednesday. Details and further information about the men and women listed on the area's War Memorials can be found here.
20th Century Military History
Throughout the last century, the area was an important venue for military defence, training, research and operations. Features of these important camps and ranges are still evident, and many are easily accessible.
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Nestling on a wooded headland, just east of Porthmadog, lies the unique Italianate village of Portmeirion. Perhaps most famous as the backdrop for the cult 60’s TV series “The Prisoner”, this was the creation of Clough Williams-Ellis. The eccentric architect salvaged (some say plundered) unwanted buildings, played around with perspective, and created this attractive if curious montage of building styles.