A seaside resort and good touring base. Attractions include large sandy beach, narrow-gauge Talyllyn Railway that travels deep into the hills (there’s a fascinating railway museum here too) and The Magic Lantern Cinema. Many local beauty spots – Ynysmaengwyn Park, Dolgoch Falls, Bird Rock, Llyn Mwyngil and Castell-y-Bere, atmospheric stronghold of the Welsh princes. The town’s quirky claims to fame also include its mighty ‘Tywyn Wurlitzer’ and ‘Race the Train’, an annual fun event featured on Countryfile.