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Porthmadog, known locally as Port, is a small coastal town located in Gwynedd, in north-west Wales, traditionally part of Caernarfonshire. It has a population of 4,187 (2001 census).

Porthmadog came into existence after William Madocks built a long seawall, called the Cob, to reclaim a large amount of land from the sea for agricultural use. The town was called Portmadoc until 1974, when it was renamed to the equivalent Welsh spelling and pronunciation. Though its name likely derives from Madocks, many locals claim the town is really called after Ynys Madoc (Madoc Island) in the Glaslyn Estuary and its famous resident Madog ap Owain Gwynedd, a prince who, according to legend, travelled to the Americas 300 years before Columbus.

Located on the Irish Sea coast, Porthmadog has a small harbour where ships used to load with slate carried on the many local narrow gauge railways that terminated there. These included the Croesor Tramway, Ffestiniog Railway, Gorseddau Tramway, and Welsh Highland Railway. In the second half of the 19th century Porthmadog was a flourishing port. A number of shipbuilders were active here at this time, and were particularly well-known for the three-masted schooners known as the "Western Ocean Yachts". Porthmadog's role as a commercial port was effectively ended by the First World War.

 Today, Porthmadog has termini for the Ffestiniog Railway at the south of the town, and for the Welsh Highland Railway (Porthmadog), on the old main line sidings. In 2009 the rebuilt Welsh Highland Railway from Caernarfon and Rhyd Ddu will be reopened via Beddgelert to Porthmadog and will start operating services to the Ffestiniog Railway's Porthmadog Harbour railway station with through trains running from Caernarfon to Blaenau Ffestiniog. Porthmadog also has a station on the Standard Gauge Cambrian Coast Line.

Near Porthmadog is Portmeirion, where the 1960s television series The Prisoner was filmed.

Porthmadog hosted the National Eisteddfod in 1987.

For more information see: http://www.porthmadog.com/


 Trains in Porthmadog:
 Porthmadog is on the Cambrian Coast Line
 Porthmadog is on the Ffestiniog Railway (Heritage Line)
 Porthmadog is on the Welsh Highland Railway (Heritage Line)


 Porthmadog Library
 Chapel Street
       Porthmadog
       LL49 9BT
 01766 514091
 Mon 10:00am-12:30pm 2:00pm-6:00pm
       Tue 10:00am-12:30pm 2:00pm-6:00pm
       Wed 10:00am-12:30pm 2:00pm-6:00pm
       Thur 10:00am-12:30pm


 Cinemas in Porthmadog:
 Coliseum
       Avenue Road
       Porthmadog
       Gwynedd
       LL49 9HD
 01766 512108
 http://www.coliseum-porthmadog.co.uk/


 Football in Porthmadog:
 Porthmadog FC
       Traeth Stadium
       Porthmadog
       Gwynedd
       LL49 9PP
 01766 514687


 Golf in Porthmadog:
 Porthmadog Golf Club
       Morfa Bychan
       Gwynedd
       LL49 9UU
 01766 514124


 Museums in Porthmadog:
 Porthmadog Maritime Museum
       The Harbour
       Porthmadog
       Gwynedd
       LL49 9LU
 01766 513736


 Taxis in Porthmadog:
 Dukes Taxi's
       Unit 14
       Penamser Ind Est
       Porthmadog
       Gwynedd
       LL49 9NY
 01766 514799


 Vets in Porthmadog:
 Deufor Veterinary Surgeons
       52 Madoc St
       Porthmadog
       Gwynedd
       LL49 9DB
 01766 513651


 Pubs/Bars:
 The Australia

       31 High Street
       Porthmadog
       Gwynedd
       LL49 9LR
 01766 513608

 The Newborough Bach
       15 New Street
       Porthmadog
       Gwynedd
       LL49 9ED
 01766 512307

 Owens Hotel
       71 High Street
       Porthmadog
       Gwynedd
       LL49 9EU

 The Queens Hotel
       Station Road
       Porthmadog
       Gwynedd
       LL49 9HT
 01766 512583

 Royal Sportsman Hotel
       131 High Street
       Porthmadog
       Gwynedd
       LL49 9HB

 Ship and Castle
       53 High Street
       Porthmadoc
       Gwynedd
       LL49 9LR
 01766 512 217

 The Ship
       14 Lombard Street
       Porthmadog
       Gwynedd
       LL49 9AP
 01766 512990

 The Spooner's Bar
       Harbour Station
       Porthmadog
       Gwynedd
       LL49 9NF
 01766 516073

 Station Inn
       Porthmadog
       Gwynedd
       LL49 9HT
 01766 512629

 Tafarn Pencei
       Corn Hill
       Porthmadog
       Gwynedd
       LL49 9AY
 017665 14959

 Tyddyn Llwyn Hotel
       Morfa Bychan Road
       Porthmadog
       Gwynedd
       LL49 9UR

 The Y Llong
       14 Lombard Street
       Porthmadog
       Gwynedd
       LL49 9AP
 01766 512990


 Hotels
 Owen's Hotel
       71 High Street
       Porthmadog
       Gwynedd
       LL49 9EU
 01766 512098

 Royal Sportsman Hotel
       131 High Street
       Porthmadog
       Gwynedd
       LL49 9HA
 01766 512015
 [email protected]
 http://www.royalsportsman.co.uk/


 B&B's/Guesthouses
 30 Snowdon Street (B&B)
       Porthmadog
       Gwynedd
       LL49 9BT
 01766 513968

 Borth Dairy
 Borth y Gest
       Porthmadog
       Gwynedd
       LL49 9TP 
 01766 515246
 [email protected]
 http://geocities.com/borthdairy

 Bron Afon (B&B)
 Borth Y Gest
       Porthmadog
       Gwynedd
       LL49 9TU
 01766 513918
 [email protected]
 http://www.bronafon.co.uk/

 Llwyn Derw (B&B)
       Ffordd Morfa Bychan
       Porthmadog
       Gwynedd
       LL49 9UR
 01766 513869
 [email protected]

 Penaber (Guest House)
       Morfa Bychan Road
       Porthmadog
       Gwynedd
       LL49 9UR
 01766 512041
 [email protected]
 http://www.porthmadog.co.uk/penaber/

 Treforris (B&B)
       Garth Road
       Porthmadog
       Gwynedd
       LL49 9BN
 01766 512853

 Velog Guest House
       15 Ralph Street
       Borth y Gest
       Porthmadog
       Gwynedd
       LL49 9UA
 01766 514035
 [email protected]

 Wenllys
       12 Ralph Street
       Borth y Gest
       Porthmadog
       Gwynedd
       LL49 9UA 
 01766 512063
 [email protected]

 Yr Hen Fecws
       16 Lombard Street
       Porthmadog
       Gwynedd
       LL49 9AP 
 01766 514625
 01766 514865
 [email protected]
 http://www.henfecws.com


 Campsites/Carvans
 Black Rock Sands Touring and Camping Park
       Morfa Bychan
       Porthmadog
       Gwynedd
       LL49 9YH 
 01766 513 919


 Restaurants in Porthmadog:
 Little Bamboo House (Chinese)
       47 High Street
       Porthmadog
       Gwynedd
       LL49 9LR
 01766 512333

 Passage To India Ltd
       26a Lombard Street
       Porthmadog
       Gwynedd
       LL49 9AP
 01766 512144

 Yr Hen Fecws Bistro
       16 Lombard Street
       Porthmadog
       Gwynedd
       LL49 9AP
 01766 514625

 Yr Wylan
       61 High Street
       Porthmadog
       Gwynedd
       LL49 9LR
 01766 513188


 Cafes in Porthmadog:
 Russell Cafe
       Welsh Highland Railway
       Gelerts Farm Works
       Porthmadog
       Gwynedd
       LL49 9DY
 01766 514040

 The Sandwich Bar
       75 High Street
       Porthmadog
       Gwynedd
       LL49 9EU
 01766 512814

 Station Inn
       Station Refreshment Rooms
       Porthmadog
       Gwynedd
       LL49 9HT
 01766 512629

 Tafarn Pencei Cafe
       18 Corn Hill
       Porthmadog
       Gwynedd
       LL49 9AT
 01766 514959


 Take Aways in Porthmadog:
 Allports Fish & Chip Shop (Fish and Chips)
       38 Snowdon Street
       Porthmadog
       Gwynedd
       LL49 9DF
 01766 512589

 JA Payne (Fish and Chips)
       97 High Street
       Porthmadog
       Gwynedd
       LL49 9EU
 01766 513556

 Jessies Deli
       Snowdon Street
       Porthmadog
       Gwynedd
       LL49 9BT
 01766 513042

 Happy Chop-Suey House
       132 High Street
       Porthmadog
       Gwynedd
       LL49 9NW
 01766 513434

 Madog Takeaway
       99 High Street
       Porthmadog
       Gwynedd
       LL49 9EU
 01766 512198

 Porthmadog Kebab House
       3 New Street
       Porthmadog
       Gwynedd
       LL49 9ED
 01766 514474


 Sailing in Porthmadog:
 The Madoc Yacht Club
       Corn Hill
       Porthmadog
       Gwynedd
       LL49 9AT
 01766 512976


 Other in Porthmadog:
 Clwb Chwaraeon Madog Ltd
       Porthmadog
       Gwynedd
       LL49 9PP
 01766 512055

 The Royal British Legion
       Snowdon Street
       Porthmadog
       Gwynedd
       LL49 9DF
 01766 512924



 

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