Dolgellau Travel Guide

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Dolgellau Things to Do

  • The Ironmonger's

    Originally the town's ironmonger's, the building of TH Roberts still has many original fittings. It currently houses a wonderful bistro which serves great cakes (see my separate restaurant tip).Wales is famous for its gold (which is now, sadly, exceedingly rare). At the turn of the 20th century, over 500 gold miners worked in the mines around...

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  • Dolgellau Information Centre

    Situated in the centre of Dolgellau, its Information Centre is an excellent source of information for Dolgellau and Snowdonia in general. There is a wide selection of pamphlets and leaflets covering a wide selection of attractions in the area as well as a small selection of items to purchase (including very reasonably priced postcards).The...

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  • Dolgellaus own pyramid

    No 10.Crossing over to the road to the cemetery we came to our next point of interest, a pyramid shaped memorial to honour Dafydd Ionawr (1750 -1827), a local bard and school teacher.Well, I can't find out much more about Mr January, or his memorial stone.I was quite intrigued by other grave stones in this small cemetery, particularly the carvings...

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  • St Marys Church

    No. 8.We managed to miss points 6 (One of the few brick buildings in Dolgellau) and 7 (The Old Town Hall on the Town trail ( and headed straight to the nearby church) I quite like this 18th Century Georgian church. An unusual feature of its exterior architecture, are the blocks of dressed slate, that resemble blocks of timber, and are arranged to...

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  • Lion Cottage

    Looking for our next 'point of interest' we stopped to admire this stone, slate roofed cottage, with its interesting design- stone steps leading to the front door on the upper floor of the 2 cottages.I thought at first it was a B&B, but it was privately owned.UPDATE- The owners Vanessa and Tyler have noted my tip, and have informed me that the...

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  • A story in stone

    Dolgellau has a great town trail which is easily followed and takes you round the town, showing you its history through its buildings.The town trail can be bought as a booklet at the Information Centre, or printer (for free) from this, and other, websites.The town trail is a reasonably easy trail and takes you up through the town and includes great...

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  • The Marian

    Given in trust to the town in 1911, The Marian is Dolgellau's main green space and is often home to many of the town's events.On The Marian, you will find a stone circle, set up in 1948 to proclaim the National Eisteddfod of Wales - a form of advertising which is typically Welsh - which was to be held there the following year.

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  • The Lawnt

    The historical centre of Dolgellau finds you on The Lawnt (stop number 12 on Dolgellau Town Trail). Now a residential area, you can see evidence of how many of the buildings here housed the local shops with larger windows. At number 4, you will find Hope House which was previously a woollen factory, whilst further up The Lawnt is the building which...

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  • Former Police Station

    Stop number 13 on the Dolgellau Town Trail takes you to the former police stationThis building dates from the mid 19th century and has Gothic windows.The present day police headquarters can be found across the river.

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  • The Toll House

    Found on the former turnpike road to Tywyn, the Toll House is stop number 14 on the Dolgellau Town Trail.Adjacent to the stone post which once held the tollgate, you will find the toll keeper's viewing window.At one stage, each of the roads from the town was turnpiked, which was extremely unpopular in Wales, causing riots in the 1830s.

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  • Keep your eyes open!

    Dolgellau in full of interesting sights - but some of them require looking for. For example, along some of the roads you will find large stones embedded in the foot of walls which were put there to protect the wall from the hubs of passing carts.In attics, you will find wheel windows.

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  • Tan y Gader

    Tan y Gader (built in the 1800s) is stop number 21 on the Dolgellau Town Trail and was once used as a maternity home, making it the birthplace of many of the town's older residents.There is an unusual wheel window in the attic gable, a feature which can be seen in several homes built at a similar time in the area.

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  • Our Lady of Seven Sorrows

    A more recent addition to the town of Dolgellau and stop number 22 on the Town Trail is The Catholic Church which was completed in 1966Our Lady of Seven Sorrows was built thanks to the efforts of local priest, Francis Scalpell who wished to have a more noble structure for his church than its former home which had once been a chip shop. Inside the...

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  • Fro Awel

    At stop number 23 on the Dolgellau Town Trail is Fro Awel. This cottage is typical of those found around Dolgellau. With a low roof and hipped dormer windows, this style of cottage was built from the 1650s to the 1750s.The rear section of Fro Awel once housed a candle factory which supplied the gold mines of the area.Fro Awel is Grade II listed.

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  • Dolgellau Old Town Hall

    Y Sosban (Old Town Hall) features as stop number 7 on Dolgellau Town Trail. It dates to 1606 and once fulfilled the role of housing both judicial and administrative functions for the town.Downstairs are two dungeon-like rooms which served to house vagrants and drunkards during their inhospitable stay.The building is now home to the restaurant Y...

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  • Dolgellau Pyramid

    This pyramid-shaped monument honours local bard and schoolteacher Dafydd Ionawr who lived from 1750 to 1827.This monument features as stop number 10 on the Dolgellau Town Trail.

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  • Tan Y Fynwent

    Dating from the 17th century, The Rector's House (and possibly built for that purpose) features as stop number 9 on the Dolgellau Town Trail.The building was Grade II listed in December 1952.The 19th-century porch, which is of lattice-work, is a characteristic architectural feature which can be found on houses of that period throughout the town.

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  • St Mary's Church

    With records of a church's existence on the site since 1254, the current church dates from the 1700s. The church houses a 14c effigy of Meurig ab Ynyr Fychan carrying a naked sword. St Mary's is a rare example in Wales as it is entirely Early Georgian. The nave was completed in 1723 and has large windows which light the interior.The vestry was...

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  • Tan y Fynwent - The old Rectors House

    No 9 on Dolgellau Town TrailThrough the church yard, and opposite the church gateway, (Steeple end) is This late 17th Century Town House, which may have been built originally for the rector of that time to live in, or it may have been later, that it became the Rectors residence. The attractive latticework porchway was an addition in the 19th...

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  • The Golden Lion

    Opposite Lion Cottage, is The Golden Lion (or as No5 on the trail states "The now defunct Golden Lion" ). For a period it had the grander name of The Golden Lion Royal Hotel. It's quite hard to believe that this was a place for European Royalty to stay, when visiting the area. In its hey day, this was the grandest hotel of the region.Originally, it...

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  • Y-Bont Fawyr - The Big Bridge

    In front of the car park was this seven arched bridge, which was built in 1638 (The date can be seen on the downstream side. It was named 'The Big Bridge' to distinguish it from another (smaller) bridge that was located further downstream. Part of the bridge was destroyed by a major flood in 1903. As Dolgellau has been prone to flooding, the bridge...

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  • Dolgellau Tourist Information Centre

    The TIC in Dolgellau has plenty of useful information, and the staff were quite friendly and helpful too.Three rooms, containing lots of free Local information leaflets, booklets- things to do and see, and a 'What's On' noticeboard for dances, markets, fetes etc. Also information for Snowdonia and Wales.Guide books , Maps, Local interest and...

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  • Dolgellau Town Trail

    Vicki had downloaded a copy of this trail for each of us from the internet-it looked like an interesting way to see Dolgellau The Dolgellau Town Trail-A Story in stone (Dolgellaus history as told by its' buildings), can be purchased from the Tourist Information Office for £1, which I thought was good value. Information is in English and Welsh, with...

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  • Do the town trail - A Story in Stone

    You can buy a Town Trail leaflet from the Tourist informaton Centre or you can download a version from the internet. This is a really fun way of seeing practically everything which is of any Historic interest in the Town Centre & nearby streets.

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Dolgellau Restaurants

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    by Gillybob Written Feb 26, 2011

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    After walking around Dolgellau for a while, it was time to refresh ourselves and enjoy some of the delicious offerings of this bistro which is housed in the old ironmonger's building (stop number 1 on the Dolgellau Town Trail).

    Favorite Dish: The cakes! We all enjoyed different items from the great selection on offer and all enjoyed our items. I had the classic Victoria sponge - which was perfect!

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Dolgellau Transportation

  • Local buses

    There are good public bus services in this area, many, which connect to the train service.Regular buses leave Dolgellau for Barmouth - Service X94 (Which runs from Barmouth to Bala) from Eldon SquareService 28 Dolgellau to Tywyn follows the south side of the Mawddach river. Red Rover tickets allow for a days unlimited travel on any bus in the area...

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  • Car Parking - The Marian

    There is plenty of signposted (and unsignposted) car parking in Dolgellau.The Marian car park offers a more expensive option with rates of :Up to half an hour - 50 penceUp to one hour - 70 penceUp to 2 hours - £1.50Up to 4 hours - £4.50Over 4 hours - £7.50Prices are accurate at August 2010.See my other transportation tip for a cheaper parking...

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  • Car Parking

    The main signposted car park for Dolgellau is at the side of The Marian.However, pass through this car park, straight on, and you will find a much cheaper parking option at £3.50 a day (price valid August 2010).

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Dolgellau Shopping

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    by Gillybob Updated Feb 26, 2011

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    This shop is situated in the National Centre for Welsh Folk Music. It has a great selection of instruments and music books as well as other music-related items.

    What to buy: Go check out their tubes - goodness knows what their real name is but they have these great tubes which you tilt or shake to make noises.

    What to pay: Depends on what instruments, sheet music or books you are looking to buy but their pricing seemed very reasonable.

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