Dolgellau is a characterful market town known for its cobbled streets, sun-dappled squares and Heritage-listed buildings. Dolgellau is also a fantastic base for exploring the picturesque Welsh countryside.
Things to do in Dolgellau
Located just outside of Dolgellau, the Mawddach Estuary is a haven for local wildlife. It features a mix of woodlands and wetlands, with the rugged Snowdonia mountains rising in the distance. Birdwatchers can spot cuckoos, siskins, grasshopper warblers and pied flycatchers.
Dolgellau has been a melting pot of Welsh folk music since the 1950s. Catch a live show at Ty Siamas, a cultural centre housed in the town's former market hall. The centre also provides workshops, music lessons and an on-site cafe.
Built in 1198, Cymer Abbey features crumbling walls and soaring arches. It's particularly beautiful in the spring when the ruins are enveloped in a sea of daffodils, while grassy lawns make it a great place for a picnic.
Get lost in the maze of streets in Dolgellau’s town centre. Its historic buildings house cosy cafes, boutique shops and gourmet restaurants. Dylanwad Da is a local favourite, serving fine wines accompanied by cheese and meats. You'll find Dolgellau's best coffee at TH Roberts, an artisan roaster housed in a gorgeous Grade II-listed ironmonger building.
Getting around Dolgellau
Dolgellau is easy to explore on foot, especially within the historic town centre. Rental cars are the best way to explore the Welsh countryside. The town is well-connected by local buses, with most stopping at Eldon Square.