Fairbourne Visitor Information
Much of the town’s present layout is due to the efforts of Sir Arthur McDougall (of self-raising flour fame) who, with the arrival of the railway in 1865, attempted to develop the area into a popular seaside resort to serve the English Midlands.
During McDougall’s development of Fairbourne (which was originally to be called South Barmouth), a narrow gauge tramway was constructed to serve the building works. This rapidly became a popular tourist attraction, especially after its conversion from horse power to steam locomotive. The Fairbourne Light Railway is still a popular reason to visit the town.
The town boasts a blue flag beach and a number of shops and restaurants to serve the visitor.
For something a little different, why not explore some of the remains of 20th century military activity in the area. From hill-top memorials to beach defences, there are over 50 different sites in and around the Mawddach Estuary to be explored on foot, by bike or by car. See here for further details.
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