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Blaenau Ffestiniog

Blaenau Ffestiniog is a slate quarry town in the shadows of the Moelwynion. The area's geography is mountainous, and Blaenau Ffestiniog itself is built into this landform. There are several walking trails in the area, including Tomen y Mur, Cwm Cynfal and Cwm Orthin. For more information on these trails, please enquire at the National Park Authority Information Centre. There is a strong sense of community in the town with the Oakeley Brass Band, and the Moelwyn and Brythoniaid male voice choirs greatly contributing to the community. Llechwedd Slate Caverns and the Ffestiniog Railway are popular attractions in the area.

How to get there

By road
Blaenau Ffestiniog is situated on the A470 between Dolwyddelan and Dolgellau. If you travel to Blaenau along the A487 either from the Porthmadog or Dolgellau direction, you can turn onto the A496 for Blaenau Ffestiniog near Maentwrog, by following the signs for ‘Blaenau Ffestiniog and Betws y Coed’. This is the A496 road.

Nearest train station
Blaenau Ffestiniog.

Nearest bus stop
In the town. Nearest National Express / Traws Cambria bus stop is in Maentwrog or Porthmadog.

Accessibility in Blaenau Ffestiniog

  • There are dropped kerbs with tactile surfaces at many points through the town.
  • There are accessible public toilets near the Information Centre.
  • The town has two accessible car parks: at the station (Station car park) and near the Welcome Centre (Diffwys car park).
  • The train station has a tactile warning strip on the platform.
  • There are pavements with tactile surfaces but no dropped kerbs at some points.


Car parking
There are Blue Badge parking spaces in both of Blaenau Ffestiniog's car parks.

Public toilets
There are accessible public toilets in the Diffwys car park.

Other Facilities
Pharmacy, medical centre, shops, bank, phone kiosk, bus stop, train station, hotels, pubs and restaurants.

Header image - Morfa Harlech (© Crown copyright (2014) Visit Wales)