Established all the way back in 1927, just five miles from Porthmadog in the village of Criccieth, Cadwaladers has been an incredibly popular ice cream stop for almost ninety years now. Their ice cream cafés and coffee shops have been slowly taking over the rest of the United Kingdom, but for a taste of the original and the best, you have to make your way down to Porthmadog.
Their famous vanilla ice cream was the first one developed, and it still contains its one secret ingredient that makes it unique – this is the one to try if you want to see what makes Cadwaladers so popular. However, their range of varieties and flavours has exploded in choice – these days, you can sample everything from Strawberry and Mint Choc Chip to Bubblegum or Pecan & Caramel Swirl. The hardest thing about visiting Cadwaladers is deciding what to try. Oh, and did we mention the recipe is 93% fat free?
Ice cream isn’t all they do, by the way. They have a few varieties of sorbet, too, but if you’d prefer something a little warmer, their coffee is made using their own bespoke espresso blend, with Arabica and Robusta beans. Or you could get the best of both worlds and have a delicious affogato!
Based within Porthmadog town itself, located just off the high street, Cadwaladers isn't hard to find. There is central town parking available within walking distance.
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Near the famous Black Rock Sands, just two miles to the south of the town of Porthmadog, is the fantastic Porthmadog Golf Club, frequently voted into the top ten golf clubs in all of North Wales.
The village of Portmeirion is a truly unusual place. It was the brainchild of the famous architect, Sir Clough Williams Ellis, and is designed in a bizarre mishmash of different styles. It was famously the setting of the cult ‘60s TV programme “The Prisoner”, but is most notable for how it resembles a slice of the Italian Riviera, despite being situated on the North Wales coast.
This little walk won’t take you very long at all, coming in at a leisurely two miles in length. What it lacks in duration, however, it more than makes up for in the views department, taking you through a lovely part of the country.
Base yourself in a holiday cottage in the Porthmadog area and you can easily explore the surrounding area of Snowdonia and the Llyn Peninsula. There's plenty to do and see in every direction from beautiful scenery to famous attractions and activities including Port Meirion and the Welsh & Highland steam Railways.
Portmeirion is a place you have to visit during your stay in North Wales. In the beautiful location of the Dwyrd Estuary the Architect Clough Willimas-Ellis created an Italianate Village. This wonderful backdrop was used as the film set for the series "The Prisoner" and is now the site of Festival Number 6 (first week in September each year). Also in the area is the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways and the location gives easy access to the Llyn Peninsula and the Snowdonia National Park.
A popular area for holiday makers this has something for everyone - beaches, scenery and plenty of things to do.