A seaside resort and good touring base. Attractions include large sandy beach and narrow-gauge Talyllyn Railway that travels deep into the hills (there’s a fascinating railway museum here too). Many local beauty spots – Ynysmaengwyn Park, Dolgoch Falls, Bird Rock, Llyn Myngul and Castell-y-Bere, atmospheric stronghold of the Welsh princes. Magic Lantern Cinema, a charming 19th-century building that retains its historic splendour, puts on an interesting show – in addition to mainstream and other films there’s music, comedy and poetry. The town’s quirky claims to fame also include its mighty ‘Tywyn Wurlitzer’ and ‘Race the Train’, an annual fun event featured on Countryfile.