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About Dolgellau

Dolgellau is situated within the Snowdonia National Park, close to Cadair Idris, and is an important centre for traditional Welsh music. Nestling unassumingly by the River Wnion, it is a rural dark-stoned market town with over 200 listed buildings, and is the perfect base for hikers keen on exploring Snowdonia. It is also close to the Coed y Brenin Forest Park, which is filled with cycle routes and is near the birdwatcher's paradise of the Mawddach Estuary. The best places to stay in Dolgellau offer intimacy, authenticity and quaint country charm ideal for escaping the humdrum of modern urban life.

What not to miss

  • Attempt to conquer the great mountain, Cadair Idris.
  • Roam through the countryside on horse back.
  • Go birdwatching in the Mawddach Estuary.
  • Head to Ty Siamas, the beating heart of the Welsh folk scene.
  • Enjoy cycling through the Coed y Brenin Forest Park.
  • Explore the wild and beautiful world of Snowdonia.

A quaint market town nestled amidst the wild beauty of Snowdonia, Dolgellau is perfect for hikers, bikers and city-escapers alike. Browse through our list of the best places to stay in Dolgellau to start planning your trip.

The Best Places to Stay in Dolgellau

For a boutique stay

  • The Ffynnon Town House in Dolgellau is a five room boutique B&B with traditional features and contemporary decoration. There’s a cosy lounge with an honesty bar and open fireplaces. There are also plenty of games, books and DVDs.
  • Y Meirionnydd is a quaint stay located in Snowdonia with Coed-y-Brenin's fantastic mountain biking just 8 miles away. Homely rooms and an atmospheric cellar restaurant with exposed stone walls and church pew seats. A rustic rural escape.

Just out of town

  • At the foot of Cadair Idris Mountain, the Cross Foxes is a small hotel of just six rooms. The decor is simple and contemporary and there’s an atmospheric bar and restaurant with a hearty menu. Rooms start from around £140 per night.

For an apartment or cottage

  • Our partner Booking.com has a wide range of cottages and apartments in the nearby area.

Travel information

  • The best time to visit Dolgellau is during the summer when the temperature ranges between 11 and 20 degrees. During the winter and autumn, it can be rather grey and wet!
  • Fly to Birmingham and get a train to Machynlleth, from where it's a 20 minute taxi ride to Dolgellau.
  • If you want to rent a car, which is a good idea if you want to explore further afield, contact our partner Rentalcars.

Still not sure?

Best Hotels in Dolgellau

  • Y Meirionnydd Dolgellau 5 rooms from £89

    A quaint option at the heart of Snowdonia National Park. A former country jail now beautifully renovated. Rooms feature exposed stone walls, crisp white linen and comfortable beds. The intimate restaurant serves hearty food and there's a cosy bar. An ideal spot to return to after a day outdoors.

    Hideaway  -  A perfect retreat from everyday life- a charming country hotel with a cosy bar, fantastic restaurant and chic rooms.
    Great walks  -  Bring your walking boots and head out on the Mawddach trail with a lunch packed by the hotel.
    Sights nearby  -  The area is dotted with ancient castles and areas of interest, ask your hosts to guide you.
    Restrictions on children  -  Adults only
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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  • Cross Foxes Dolgellau 6 rooms from £140

    A smart small hotel boasting a fabulous location nestled at the foot of Cadair Idris Mountain. Individually styled rooms feature crisp white linen, exposed stone and simple contemporary furniture. An atmospheric bar and restaurant serves hearty food alongside a choice selection of ales.

    Active Holiday  -  Set at the foot of Cadair Idris Mountain and with Snowdonia National Park nearby there is a host of activities available.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Traditional
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  • Ffynnon Town House Dolgellau 6 rooms from £142

    A boutique B&B with just five perfect rooms. Contemporary decoration with traditional features. Crisp linen and comfortable beds with ornate headboards. A cosy lounge with an honesty bar and open fireplace awaits after a day outdoors. A stunning location ideal for discovering southern Snowdonia.

    Families  -  Ideal for families, with plenty of books, DVDs, games and activities plus kiddies menu and use of a of a Butler's Pantry.
    Romantic Break  -  Perfectly isolated, cosy rooms and an outdoor hot tub with champagne and strawberries to order.
    Great walks  -  Great hill walking on Cadr Idris or explore the magical Snowdonia National Park.
    Birdwatching  -  Bring your binoculars, the RSPB Coed Garth Gell reserve is close to the hotel.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Sawdays, Good Hotel Guide
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