Croeso i Pwllheli – Welcome to Pwllheli
Pwllheli History - is a small market town in Gwynedd. Pwllheli means salt water basin. Pwllheli has a rich history around the shipbuilding and fishing industries and dates back to the 18th century. Pwllheli was developed by Solomon Andrews and he helped build the promenade, roads and houses at West End. Butlins ran a holiday camp near Pwllheli and during the Second World War it became a safe haven and naval camp for HMS Glendower. During this time it acted like a hospital and treated wounded servicemen. When the Second World War was over Butlins took back the holiday camp and refurbished it as Hafan y Môr. The name Hafan y Môr means ‘Haven of the Sea’ which for the time, made complete sense!
Pwllheli Beach - is made up of two beaches. First, South Beach is a shingle beach that stretches from Gimblet Rock along the promenade and around towards Llanbedrog. Second, Glan-y-Mor which is located at the back of the marina. This beach runs for three miles all the way to the Penychain headland.
Both of these beautiful beaches have stunning views. The shingle beach is perfect at low tide to explore rockpools and the wildlife that inhabits them.
Accessibility to the beaches is limited, with steps and uneven surfaces. Those with mobility issues may find this difficult. Dog restrictions to the beach may apply throughout the year. There are lifeguards who cover parts of the beach however this is subject to change.
Parking - can be found throughout the town centre. Public toilets can be found around the town centre. Although most parking meters take cash only there are options to pay through the, PayBy Phone app around the town centre. This process is simple and easy.
Shops and Food - Pwllheli Seaside Resort is a vibrant town bursting with culture, heritage, and some fantastic shops. The high street is full of independent outlets from, cafés, restaurants, takeaways and seaside beach shops. Glanaber and Sugacane Toys are some of our favourite beach shops. Throughout the summer months you’ll find ice cream vans located near the beach. Pwllheli has everything you need for a perfect family day out.
You’ll find a range of places to eat around the town whether dining in or taking your meal away.