Places of historical interest near Barmouth bay22nd April 2014
While the UK’s major cities often like to brag about their extreme wealth of sites of historical interest, smaller towns like Barmouth can also offer holiday-goers a location steeped in history and tradition. Here we will look at some of the places of historical interest to take in and enjoy near Barmouth Bay.
Starting close to home, history buffs will certainly enjoy the Barmouth Old Town. Stone houses are placed amid a haphazard network of narrow lanes, which take visitors uphill to breathtaking views of the bay and town at large. The top of the Old Town will also take you to a National Trust centre. Here, you can learn a lot more about this area, known as Dinas Oleu, which was the first parcel of land ever handed over to the then newly formed National Trust in the late 19th Century.
Speaking of 19th Century features of the region, one other particularly interesting sight is Ty Crwn (see left), which dates back to the 1830s. Located just behind the quay, this interesting building was originally used as the local gaol, and so no doubt has played out a lot of interesting stories over the years.
Barmouth has also seen many churches and chapels built in the area. While many of the chapels have been converted into other things, the churches remain and now offer a fascinating insight into the local history. St David’s church is the oldest of the lot, built some time around 1830, but if a more grand church interests you, then it should be St John’s that you pay a visit to.
Heading further afield, Barmouth Bridge – built in 1867 – offers both a place of historic interest and the perfect starting point for a pleasant five- to six-mile riverside walk to Penmaepool. This walk will be of particular interest to those interested in British railways, as it is located on the site of a now closed British railway line (one of the victims of Dr Beeching’s cuts in the 1960s). Once in Penmaepool, one can enjoy a delightful pub meal before heading back to Barmouth Bay.
Finally, for those more mobile and able to take a 15-minute drive, there’s Harlech Castle. The name Harlech stirs thoughts of the famous song “Men of Harlech,” an unofficial Welsh Anthem, which was famously sung by soldiers of the Royal Engineers at the Battle of Rorke’s Drift in the face of withering Zulu attacks. Harlech Castle is arguably a must-see for those with any interest in history. This 13th Century castle is a marvel to behold, with its battlements jutting out above a near-vertical cliff face in front. It earned its place in British history as the site of the longest ever siege in English history, taking place from 1461 to 1468 amidst the Wars of the Roses. Opening hours for the castle depend on the season, and holiday-goers should check in advance before heading out.
As you can see, Barmouth Bay is a perfect base for lovers of history who wish to explore the heritage of Northern Wales. Book your stay with us now to enjoy our great deals, and take advantage of all the local history on our doorstep!