Barmouth BeachBarmouth, Snowdonia

Barmouth beach, Snowdonia, North Wales


It is little wonder that the vibrant town of Barmouth with its gorgeous beach is one of Snowdonia’s most popular seaside resorts. The expansive stretch of sand means that it never feels crowded and there is plenty to keep the whole family entertained.


Sitting at the river mouth of the Mawddach Estuary, the beach at Barmouth is perfectly positioned to offer a diverse choice of activities available either on or near the sand and epitomises traditional seaside fun. The size of the beach means that you can still find a nice quiet spot in the sand if you would prefer to relax. There is a designated bathing area free from craft making swimming safe, however, take note of the red flags which indicate “no swimming”. As the tide goes out, there are little pools left for playing in that are often full of tiny fish.

The golden sand is deposited on the beaches and those further up the coast by the longshore drift, which has given rise to the sand dunes along this section of the coastline all the way up to Harlech.

At a glance
  • Children love this beach, with its donkey rides, fun fair, miniature steam train and amusements.
  • Transport links are great with a train station, bus station and ample parking within a minute or two of the beach.
  • There are plenty of beach activities, however, the beach retains a quaint and peaceful feel.
Beach info

Beach type



The beach forms part of a resort and so there are all of the facilities you would expect within a minute of the beach. There are toilets with disabled access, showers and drinking water in the car park.

There are life rings positioned all the way along the beach.

The bus and train stations are within minutes walk of the sand.

There are information points along the promenade.

There are beach supervisors overseeing all activities.

There are designated areas for different activities including a specific bathing area.


There is a large Pay and Display car park just behind the promenade, that also houses the showers and a toilet block. The car park does get busy and so get there early if possible.


The beach is suitable for the less mobile and there is disabled access down onto the sand to the right of the harbour wall by the information point. It also means you can take pushchairs down onto the sand.

Dog Restrictions

There are seasonal restrictions in place between 1st April and 30th September on the section of the beach in front of the promenade. Dogs are allowed to the left of the harbour wall and towards the northern end of the beach.

Top Tips
Flora & Fauna
Weather & tide

Look out for the red flags showing areas where the current is strong. Avoid the end near the harbour wall and the river mouth.


Sea fishing and fishing the estuary is hugely popular. There are daily boat trips, weather permitting that leave from the harbour. The sea fishing is excellent from the shore or boat, and the River Mawddach itself is known for its salmon and sea trout.


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Always follow advice from relevant authorities, including HM Coastguard and any lifeguards present on the beach. Swimming flags must always be adhered to. Currents can be strong enough to drag even a strong swimmer, and rocks and unexpected shallow or deep water may not always be obvious. Swimming should only be done in calm conditions when supervised from land, ideally by a lifeguard on a flagged beach. Avoid swimming around boats, jet skis or surfers. Check the weather forecast and tide timetables in advance of a visit to a beach. Always pack water and appropriate clothing. Be aware of the risk of sunburn and wear a high-factor sun-cream. Children and pets should be supervised at all times, and dogs should be kept on a lead.

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