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Porthmadog Town Information




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Porthmadog Estuary - Photo © Andy B
Porthmadog Estuary - Photo: Andy B CCL


Overflowing with maritime history, Porthmadog was at one time a thriving port taking slate overseas from the now redundant quarries of Blaenau Ffestiniog via the Ffestiniog Railway. Now purely a place of holiday pleasure on Tremadog Bay, it was given both its name and its pretty boat-bobbing harbour by local MP William Madocks in the early 19th century. It was from Porthmadog, according to Welsh legend, that the intrepid Prince Madog sailed to North America in the 12th century. Was he the continent’s real discoverer?