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Holidays in Pwllheli

The largest town on the Llŷn Peninsula

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Pwllheli beach

Pwllheli is set on the south coast of the Llyn Peninsula, a scenic headland in North Wales, and is a great place to base yourself if you’re looking to explore this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Being the largest town in the area, it has much to offer visitors. It’s not just a town – it plays the role of a seaside resort, a sailing and watersports hub, and a market town thriving with culture all in one.

Pwllheli Marina (image: Paul Jenkinson)

One of Pwllheli’s main draws has to be its beaches, which have each been designated the prestigious Blue Flag Award and are also largely south-facing, offering maximum sunshine hours. One of the beaches is a long stretch of sand found close to the marina, while the south beach, which follows the length of the promenade, largely consists of shingle and pebble.

If you love sitting back and watching boats pass over the water, you’ll be in luck in Pwllheli, where much of town life revolves around sailing. Around 400 boats can be seen docking at the large marina, Hafan Pwllheli, while adjacent you’ll find Plas Heli, the National Sailing Academy, where a number of top events in the sailing calendar are held.

The Llyn Peninsula offers some fantastic walks and one of the best ways to see the sights it has to offer is via the Llyn Coastal Path, which passes through Pwllheli. Measuring 91 miles long, it follows the coastline around the entire peninsula from Caernarfon to Porthmadog. From Pwllheli you can enjoy an 11-mile route to Abersoch to the west, a pretty harbour village, while 11 miles in the other direction will bring you to Criccieth.

Pwllheli is a great destination in Wales for families, as it has a number of fun things to do come rain or shine. In the heart of the town is Funland, which has been offering a range of amusements and funfair rides for more than 60 years. For a more active day out, Glasfryn Parc is located a few miles out of the town, and offers all kinds of activities including go karting, wakeboarding, ten pin bowling, quad biking, soft play and much more.

“A seaside resort, a sailing and watersports hub, and a market town thriving with culture all in one…”

This lovely town is somewhere you can visit year-round, as it is always bustling and there is plenty to do in the town centre to keep you busy on a rainy day. The town centre’s narrow streets boast boutiques, independent shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs, while there is also a cinema and a leisure centre with an indoor swimming pool.

If you’re planning to spend your next holiday in the heart of the Llyn Peninsula, take a look at our full collection of Pwllheli cottages for more holiday inspiration.

While you’re there

Llŷn Coastal Path

Discover more than 90 miles of stunning coastline on this long-distance walking trail

Hafan Pwllheli

Watch the boats come and go at this lively marina

Pwllheli beach

A long stretch of sandy beach overlooking Cardigan Bay and the Irish Sea

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