Penmaenmawr, meaning large head stone, takes its name from the mountain that provides the backdrop to the village.
Stone quarrying has dominated its history. In prehistoric times it was the third most productive area for stone-axe quarrying in the country, the remains of which can still be seen today. The site was crowned one of the largest iron age hill forts in Europe.
In the 19th Century both East and West flanks of the mountain were quarried for rock and it became a major source of employment.
There is a large standing stone circle called Meini Hirion or the Druids' Circle, and numerous walks can be enjoyed up to it to take in the spectacular views at the summit.
Below the village lies Penmaenmawr beach, a broad sandy beach with many water sports enthusiasts making use of the expanse.