Community Centre – Y Ganolfan
Y Ganolfan, Built in 1873 as the village school, is now a social hub for the community and home to the Yarnbombing Project. Details of the regular activities can be found on the calendar page.
Opening Hours: Monday-Saturday: 07:45-12:30 and 14:30-17:30, Sundays 08:30-13:00
The Riverside stores is tucked behind the bridge on the main road through the village. It is licensed and well stocked with all the basics and lots of goodies too. There are also morning Post office facilities every Tuesday 8.30am-10:00am and Wednesday 10.30am-12:00pm.
The Village Pub – The Garthangharad
Built in 1736 as a Coaching Inn, The Garthangharad Hotel is now our local, family friendly pub. It has two bars, a darts room, a large restaurant/function room, a beer garden and car park at the rear. It serves good meals, hot drinks and of course, excellent beers. A warm, friendly welcome awaits everyone and well behaved dogs are welcome.
The playground is in the centre of the village and used by locals and visitors alike. The play equipment was modernised in 2007 after a major fundraising effort by the villagers. There are swings, roundabouts, slides, a mini climbing wall and two football goals for an impromptu kick-about. There is also ample seating for supervising parents and grand-parents to relax on. Dogs are not allowed in the playground
The beach is mainly stones and pebbles but at low tide, there are many sandy areas. The rock pools contain a lot of wildlife where children and adults alike are amazed and fascinated. There is a tradition to light a small fire and watch the sun go down as the sunsets are really spectacular. Also, look for “The UFO”at the northern end of the beach and of course keep an eye out for dolphins and seals in the bay!
The Village Church
The Church of St Celynnin is in the south of the village. It dates from 1843 and is a very pretty, stone built church. Details of services (all welcome) can be found in our local magazine, Sibrydion Cymuned (Community Whispers) which is free. Pick up a copy at the Riverside stores.
Trains run every 2 hours Mon-Sat (timetable here) along the coast from Machynlleth to Pwllheli, with connections to Aberystwyth, Shrewsbury and Birmingham. Buy your ticket on the train. Llwyngwril is a request stop so if you don’t signal the driver, he won’t stop (now there’s a novelty). The station is served by it’s own car park and the station is usually heavily yarn-bombed in the summer months.
There is a bus service running through the village between Tywyn and Dolgellau. It is operated by Lloyds Coaches and is Number 28 (timetable here). There are a number of bus stops in the village along the main road.
Doctors and emergencies
If you need any medical assistance there are health services available nearby – the two nearest are the Tywyn Health Centre (http://tywynhealthcentre.org/) and the surgery in Dolgellau (https://www.dolgellaudoctors.org/) but for emergencies you should follow the normal procedures and telephone whichever service is appropriate – there is very good guidance here.
We rely on the Air Ambulance service for severe emergencies so please consider making a donation here: https://www.walesairambulance.com – they save so many lives.
The public toilets are between the bridge and the station next to the car park on station road. Don’t be put off by the outside as they are clean and modern inside.
On the North side of the village, there is a large lay-by with an information board about the Village. Here, you have the chance to experience a magnificent view of Cardigan Bay. To the right, you can see Fairbourne, Barmouth and the Rhinog mountains and to the left you can see the Village Beach laid out before you. Behind you, are the Foothills of Cadair Idris, The second most popular mountain in Wales. The whole road along the coast from the north end of the village through to Cae Du corner in the south has spectacular views over the bay and has been nicknamed “The Little Sur” due to it’s similarities to the Californian coast road.
The village is served by 2 car parks, one is next to the toilets, (very handy) and the other is opposite the Blue Chapel.There is also a car park at the station for rail users.
There are plenty of waste bins around the village along the main road. All accept bagged dog waste (there is one dog waste only bin by the railway line on the path down to the beach). In addition, we have many free poo bag dispensers around the village in case you forgot to bring your own. We love having your four-legged friends visiting us but please pick up after your dog everywhere in the village and on the beach as failure to do so really does spoil other people’s enjoyment and is an eyesore and a health hazard.