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.

You can also explore the Dyfi Biosphere by walking the five and a half mile circular route around Tywyn. If you're travelling on public transport then this route is ideal as you can easily find the starting point from the train station or bus stop.