Hidden Gems in Porthmadog

From the outside, Porthmadog may simply seem like a busy little portside town but when you spend some time here, you may just stumble upon a hidden gem which can really make your trip here something special.

There is much more to Porthmadog than a harbour and the beautiful scenery; come and stay at our hotel in Porthmadog and explore for yourself or try some of the unique experiences on this list. Once you’ve finished exploring you can come back to your comfortable room and recoup for the next day’s adventure.

The Purple Moose Brewery

You may not think that a little harbour town is the home of a bustling micro-brewery, but The Purple Moose Brewery is renowned in the local area for producing some of the most delicious real ale in the country. This 40-barrel independent brewery began brewing on the 14th July 2005 with a one off pale ale called “No.1”. The brewery now produces a range of ales, all of which you can sample on a brewery tour with one of the mast brewers. Tour the facilities, ask all the questions and finish with a visit to the shop to buy a few bottles of your favourite tipple.


If you are a fan of all things handmade then Glosters has to be on your list on places to visit to Porthmadog. Owned and run by Myfanwy and Tom Gloster, this ceramics and lifestyle shop offers a huge selection of handmade and completely unique pieces of homeware all made by Tom himself in his studio above the shop. Tom also runs ceramics workshops on occasion which are always very popular. And of course, no visit to the shop could be complete without a cwtch with Arthur, the Gloster’s miniature dachshund.

Black Rock Llamas

For a day out with a difference why not spend some time with some unusual four-legged friends. Black Rock Llamas are passionate about showing just how clever, agile, graceful and loving llamas are and a day spent in the company of these gentle animals will have you agreeing. Home to the UK’s first and only llama agility display team; Black Rock Llamas definitely provide a day you won’t forget in a hurry.

The culture scene

Porthmadog is proud to boast an eclectic range of independent shops and stores and we are sure that even the most reluctant shopper will find a store with something to interest them. Although they may be a dying breed, Porthmadog is proud to boast both a book and record store to rival those found in major cities. Browsers Bookshop and Cobbs Records may look like relics from the past from the outside, but they offer a haven for music and literature lovers who much prefer having a physical form over a piece of technology any day.

With all this to entertain and entice you, will you make Porthmadog top of your ‘must visit’ list this year?