Porthmadog

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Porthmadog
Location Map
Porthmadog High Street roundabout.jpg
Porthmadog High Street
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County
Caernarfonshire
Highway Authority
Gwynedd
Forward Destination on
A487
Next Primary Destinations
Caernarfon • Dolgellau
Places related to the A487
Aberaeron • Aberystwyth • Bangor (Caernarfonshire) • Caernarfon • Cardigan • Dolgellau • Fishguard • Haverfordwest • Machynlleth • St Davids • Y Felinheli
Porthmadog in 1923. Note the English spelling Portmadoc and the unclassified Britannia Bridge, being a private toll road.

Porthmadog is a historic slate traffic town and a popular holiday centre at the foot of Snowdonia in north west Wales. The A487 trunk road ran through it until a bypass was completed in 2011. The A4971, A479 and A487 are the main roads in the area. At the east end of the town is the High Street, now the A497 before the bypass of the A487, which is the main area for shopping as in all other towns. The road continues over Britannia Bridge and The Cob out of the town. There are four railways in the town which are the Mainline (The Cambrian Line), the Ffestiniog Railway, the Welsh Highland Railway, and the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway. The Welsh Highland Railway also runs over Britannia Bridge on the road as a tramway/level crossing arrangement.

The name is the Welsh spelling of the original English Portmadoc, named after the town's founder, William Madocks, and can be seen on old maps.

Routes

Route To Notes

A487

Caernarfon

A487

Dolgellau (A470)

A497

Criccieth, Pwllheli

A498

Beddgelert accessed from Tremadog on A487



Porthmadog
JunctionsMinffordd roundabout • Porthmadog roundabout • Tremadog roundabout
CrossingsBritannia Bridge (Porthmadog) • The Cob (Porthmadog)
RoadsA4085 • A4085 (Caernarfonshire) • A487 • A496 • A497 • A4971 • A498 • B4410 • EuroVelo 2 • Ffordd Arfordirol • NCN8 • T81 (Britain)
Related Pictures
View gallery (14)
Barriers descending, High Street level... (C) Jaggery - Geograph - 2908942.jpgBritannia Bridge Porthmadog (C) John Firth - Geograph - 3200465.jpgLevel Crossing at Porthmadog Harbour... (C) Peter Trimming - Geograph - 2112202.jpgRails in the road (C) John Firth - Geograph - 2104877.jpgThe Cob, Porthmadog, Ffestiniog Station - Geograph - 1626603.jpg
Places in Wales
Major destinationsBridgend Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr • Cardiff Caerdydd • Cwmbrân • Llanelli • Merthyr Tydfil Merthyr Tudful • Neath Castell-nedd • Newport Casnewydd • Port Talbot • Swansea Abertawe • Wrexham Wrecsam
Other primary destinationsAbergavenny Y Fenni • Aberystwyth • Bala Y Bala • Bangor • Betws-y-Coed • Brecon Aberhonddu • Builth Wells Llanfair-ym-Muallt • Caernarfon • Cardigan Aberteifi • Carmarthen Caerfyrddin • Chepstow Cas-gwent • Conwy • Dolgellau • Fishguard Abergwaun • Haverfordwest Hwlffordd • Holyhead Caergybi • Llandeilo • Llandovery Llanymddyfri • Llandrindod Wells Llandrindod • Llandudno • Llangollen • Llangurig • Machynlleth • Milford Haven Aberdaugleddau • Mold Yr Wyddgrug • Monmouth Trefynwy • Newtown Y Drenewydd • Pembroke Dock Doc Penfro • Porthmadog • Queensferry • Rhayader Rhaeadr Gwy • Ruthin Rhuthun • St Clears Sanclêr • Tenby Dinbych-y-pysgod • Welshpool Y Trallwng
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