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Tremadog is a town that prior to 1800 did not exist and the fact that today is down to the vision of one man – William Alexander Madocks. He was born into a wealthy London family and despite growing up in fashionable English society he had strong links with North Wales, his family being landed gentry of several hundred years standing. With inherited land and some other purchases he was able to put his plans into action. The area around the River Glaslyn was salt marsh and Madocks was well aware of the possibilities of draining fenland and he set about the task with a dream of the future. In order to reclaim the land he had bought from the sea he ordered the construction of a great embankment, now known as the Cob. This grand scheme was in order to ensure the future of Tremadog by ensuring that it would be part of the London to Dublin route. He wasn’t to know that a decision would be made in 1810 to concentrate on Holyhead instead. Madock’s vision was to include shops, industry and homes and importantly he was keen on the appearance of the buildings. By 1805 the first buildings were complete and it is believed that these were (and still are) located on Dublin Street and within the year he had changed the name of the village to Tre Madoc. Tremadog is widely recognised as a brilliant example of town planning, the layout, siting and buildings were all designed to create the impression of a borough and by 1811 the historic centre of Tremadog was complete and today very little has changed. In 1991 the Friends of Tremadog, a Historic Buildings Preservation Trust, was established to protect and preserve the historical and structural heritage of Tremadog. With the benefit of a seaside location and easy access to other historic and scenic parts of the Lleyn Peninsula we should be grateful for the effort and vision that William Alexander Madocks had.

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Golden Fleece Inn (0.06 miles)

Golden Fleece Inn
The Golden Fleece has long been known for good food and a wide selection of fine wines, real ales and local beers. Our bar menu is extensive with specials added daily. For a special occasion ... More | visit website
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Royal Sportsman Hotel (0.78 miles)

Royal Sportsman Hotel

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The Royal Sportsman is Porthmadog's premier Hotel, the only full service quality Hotel in Porthmadog with star ratings awarded by both the Welsh Tourist Board and the AA. The Royal ... More

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Travelodge Porthmadog (0.80 miles)

Travelodge Porthmadog is located just 2 miles from Portmeirion and is just under a mile away from Snowdonia National Park. The hotel offers free onsite parking and offers great access to nearby attractions. Guest rooms ... More | visit website


Cefn Coch Isaf (2.14 miles)

Cefn Coch Isaf

A 17th century stone built cottage, in a quiet location adjoining the owners' home and set in four acres of garden and woodland just three miles from the little village of Tremadog. Well furnished throughout, ... More

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Castell Deudraeth (2.43 miles)

Castell Deudraeth
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Portmeirion Hotel (2.49 miles)

Portmeirion Hotel
The Hotel Portmeirion is based on the early Victorian Villa near the shore. The old house was converted into a hotel by Sir Clough and opened for the first time at Easter 1926.

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Brynllydan (3.80 miles)


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A haven of peace and tranquillity, this family run residence is immersed within 7 acres of private grounds on a secluded hillside setting, boasting spectacular views of Snowdonia’s National Park. Overlooking the ... More

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Glyn-y-Coed Hotel (3.84 miles)

Glyn-y-Coed Hotel
If you are seeking spectacular views and a place to stay which can offer warmth,comfort, quality and character, you can be assured of a friendly welcome when you stay at the Glyn-y-Coed. Situated in the ... More | visit website
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Caerwylan Hotel (3.95 miles)

Caerwylan Hotel

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A privately owned hotel situated on the East shore of Criccieth's Esplanade with stunning views over the beach and Cardigan Bay. 24 Bedrooms with en-suite facilities, views of the sea ... More

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Gwrach Ynys Country House (3.98 miles)

Gwrach Ynys Country House
A warm Welsh welcome awaits you at Gwrach Ynys, a 4 Star Edwardian country house situated in glorious tranquillity nestled between the Rhinog mountains and the sandy beaches of the Cambrian coast.

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