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Dolgellau is a historic market town, with many unique listed buildings. Due to its rich history and antiquity, access to many of its buildings is limited. Dolgellau is the home of the Sesiwn Fawr folk music festival, which is held every July and the town is also a fishing centre of the highest calibre. Dolgellau is the starting point of the delightful Mawddach Trail.

How to get there

By road
Dolgellau stands on the A470, between Porthmadog and Machynlleth, within easy reach of many attractions in Snowdonia National Park and beyond.

Nearest train station

Nearest bus stop
Eldon Square, Dolgellau. The X9 buses (Wrexham – Barmouth) and X32 (Bangor – Aberystwyth) pass through Eldon Square, as well as local services.

Accessibility in Dolgellau

  • The town has two tactile pedestrian crossings which are suitable for disabled visitors: one near Ysgol y Gader and the other across Eldon Square in the town centre.
  • The town’s nature limits access to some cafes, restaurants and shops, although many of these are accessible. If you require more information regarding the accessibility of these buildings, please enquire at the National Park Information Centre.
  • Several institutions in Dolgellau are accessible, including the banks, the Social Services office and the Leisure Centre.
  • Dolgellau has some accessible wide pavements, while others are narrow with poor access.
  • Very few dropped kerbs to be found in Dolgellau.
  • There are Blue Badge parking spaces on Eldon Square and in the Marian car park.


Car parking
Eldon Square, Y Marian.

Access to the Information Centre
The Information Centre is located on Eldon Square in the town centre, and is open throughout the year. For more information on the centre's opening times, please call (01341) 422888. The front door to the centre gives level access with a button to press to open the door automatically. Provisions are made for visitors who are hard of hearing. The counter stands at a height of c.1.1.m although a more appropriate counter will be installed in the near future. Copies of ‘Eryri’, the National Park magazine are available in large print and on tape. Accessible toilets are provided on the premises.

Public toilets
Gwynedd County Council owns the accessible public toilets at the Marian car park, which require a RADAR key to be opened.

Other Facilities

  • The Mawddach Trail is an accessible path, stretching for 9 miles between Dolgellau and Barmouth.
  • Dôl Idris is a purpose built flat footpath around a lake and is accessible. To visit this trail, leave Dolgellau, travelling on the A470, then turn right at the 'Cross Foxes' pub, following the A487. Then take the turning onto the B4405 for Tywyn, and turn right again for Dôl Idris car park. The turning Access to the path and its conveniences are suitable for all: there are specific parking areas for disabled visitors, accessible public toilets and four accessible picnic tables. Dôl Idris is located 10 miles from Dolgellau.
  • There are accessible trails, as well as cycle routes to be found at Coed y Brenin mountain biking centre, which is located on the A470 between Trawsfynydd and Ganllwyd.

Other Facilities
Pharmacy, medical centre, library, archives, bank, phone kiosk, supermarkets, filling station, bus stop, church, Tŷ Siamas, the Sesiwn Fawr folk music festival every July, Quakers Museum, golf club, park, rugby club, pubs, cafes and restaurant, hotels. Wheelchairs are available for hire from the Red Cross shop.

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