My last holiday was in November of 2019, and it was my honeymoon. Desperate to get away, even if only for a few days, my husband booked a weekend holiday in Barmouth for my birthday. And it was bloody lovely.
Barmouth is a little seaside town in Wales, popular with walkers and cyclists. It’s one of those tiny little places that you were either dragged you to every year for the family holiday (looking at you Midlands kids), or you’ve never heard of it. There’s no in-between.
Where To Stay In Barmouth
Barmouth is a popular tourist spot, so there’s plenty of hotels, B&Bs, self-catering cottages, and Airbnbs around. There’s also plenty of caravan sites and camping spots if that’s more your scene. If you’re looking for the ultimate relaxation though, I can’t recommend Lexi’s Shepherd Hut enough. By the way, none of this is an ad or even an affiliate link; I just got SO many requests for the link when I was posting on social media while we were there, that I’d be kind and save you all the trouble of combing Airbnb for it.
Lexi’s Shepherd Hut is, shocker, a shepherd’s hut. The hut is tucked away off the main road on the grounds of the owner’s home, along with a second hut and a holiday cottage. Lexi’s Shepherd Hut has everything you could possibly need for a weekend away, including plenty of parking, Sky TV, a king-size bed, a small kitchen, and a full-size bathroom. We loved the hut. Everything was spotlessly clean and pretty, and every detail had been thought of. Whether we wanted a hairdryer or a tray to eat dinner off of, it was already there and in easy reach.
The hut is five minutes walk to the beach, Barmouth town centre, and the Co-Op, so once you’re there, there’s no need to drive. Whether you need supplies, fancy a beach day, or want to go out for dinner, it’s all within walking distance.
The best feature though is definitely the log-fired hot tub. The first night, we found it took a while to get the fire going, but after that, it was easy, and we spent most of our time soaking and relaxing. If you’re stressed out, I cannot recommend it enough as a trip to help you unwind.
What To Do On Holiday In Barmouth
Barmouth is a pretty small place, so don’t go if you’re expecting thrills. Instead, it’s a great spot for a slower pace, some relaxation, or if you’re the outdoorsy type.
Barmouth is Snowdonia, which is a National Park so the scenery is stunning. There are lots of walking routes from Barmouth itself and nearby, whether you want an easy walk across the bridge, or a more challenging hill walk up nearby Cader Idris. Of course, Snowdon itself isn’t far away either if you’re looking for a real adventure. If you’re happier on wheels, there are several routes for cycling too. I’ve cycled over Barmouth Bridge myself a few times, and it’s a gorgeous ride.
Of course, while we were there, we didn’t do anything nearly so active. Instead, we contented ourselves with exploring the town itself. There’s not a huge array of shops, but there are a few cute gift shops for souvenirs and a shop just for rock. There’s a good mix of cafes, pubs, and bars too. Unfortunately, every pub in town seemed to be booked solid while we were there, but I’ve heard great things about The Last Inn. We did try a few places to eat though (of course), which you can read about here.
Along the seafront, you’ll find a funfair, arcades, and all the classic seaside tat you’d expect. The beach itself is beautiful. You can walk a long way along the promenade if you want a quieter bit of beach to lay your towel out. If you’re lucky, sometimes you can even spot dolphins swimming in the bay.
Barmouth Harbour is a very pretty spot to relax with a coffee and watch the sea.
If you’re after a relaxing weekend away, with nothing to do except potter, eat, and drink, then Barmouth is spot on. It’s a pretty town, with enough to entertain you for a few days. I think most of us need to unwind a bit at the moment, and a short holiday in Barmouth could be just what the doctor ordered.
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