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Nestled in an official Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Pwllheli is the unofficial capital of The Llyn Peninsula, in Northwest Wales. A favourite seaside getaway with two excellent Blue Flag beaches the busy market town is also a popular destination for members of the boating and sailing fraternities thanks to it’s sheltered position and excellent marine services.

Pwllheli’s impressive new marina is widely considered to be amongst the best in Wales. It boasts 24hour access and 400 births, including moorings for boats up to 80ft long and comprehensive boatyard facilities. The town centre has plenty of businesses and shops to cater for yachtsmen. The market is held on Wednesdays in Y Maes and is one of the busiest in Britain. There is also a wide choice of cafes, pubs and restaurants in which to enjoy tasty local or international cuisine and a glass or two of your favourite tipple.

Pwllheli is an excellent place from which to explore the surrounding coastline. The Llyn Peninsula is unlike anywhere else in Wales with usually better weather and truly wonderful landscapes of rolling countryside and volcanic peaks, the highest of which is Yr Eifi. With Snowdonia National Park only a short distance away it is no wonder that walkers and outdoor pursuits enthusiasts flock to the town in droves.

A town full of seaside character, Pwllheli is a bona fide jewel in Wales’ coastal crown. It has something for everyone and all of it given generously with charm, goodwill and the wrapped in very best of local hospitality.
Comments (41)
19/06/2017 @ 8:45 pm
We would like to visit Pwllheli by yacht our draft is 1mtr is it accessible 24hrs I am aware dredging is taking place this week - thank you
24/05/2017 @ 3:47 pm
Do you know the destination in Bermuda and the name of boat? And email addresses or Facebook pages etc. Please don't worry too much. As these trips often take longer than expected.
24/05/2017 @ 11:27 am
Christine Liles
Hello I am Christine Liles,the mother of Lorraine Williams, who set sail from Pwllheli Harbour with Mr. Kirk Ward and his son Keith to go to Bermuda, we were told this trip would take 2 weeks, give or take a few days, it has been 3 weeks now since they left, and we are all getting a bit worried, as we haven't heard anything as yet, please can you tell us what we should do now and is there a way of making enquiries? Thank you Christine Liles.
09/07/2016 @ 7:11 pm
Ian Green
Dredging is occurring annually. Marina staff are the very best. When navigating take advice. There is a good channel but info needed. Firmhelm are very pleasant and well qualified boat people. Tony Evans engineer is a fellow who knows his stuff. JKA are exceptional sail makers.
This place is the gateway to some of the best sailing you will experience off the UK.
19/04/2015 @ 7:05 pm
spencer lynn
Ran a ground leaving the Marina 2hours before low tide on Saturday.Harbour Master towed us off.Could not get back in until 18.30 thankfully no problems first time out and with kids.Not what I was expecting.
10/03/2015 @ 10:30 am
Found Rowland Electronics on Harbourguides and they were fantastic in sorting my problems out, as I have only been sailing for a couple of months.
02/02/2014 @ 10:42 am
Found everything i needed for boat in Partington boatshop. Thanks
17/11/2013 @ 11:05 am
Local villager
Another good night in Y Castell, sorry i cannot help about the Marina problems, i just live here.
11/11/2013 @ 10:58 am
I must say that I'm astonished that anyone can say that there is no silting problem at Pwllheli - there definitely is.

I recognise Wil's comments around the original harbour design and, whilst valid and interesting background, I'm not sure how relevant this is to the current situation.

I remember Pwllheli from the early 90s and the 'trots', inner harbour, 'muddy hollow' and marina were all busy with anyone on a non-drying mooring enjoying the 24-7 access to wonderful sailing grounds - and the less committed sailors being able to pop out for a few hours, no matter the state of the tide.

Compare that to now - the marina is empting; the inner harbour is full of mud/silt; pile mooring have been removed because of silting and many of the remaining pile moorings dry out and access to bay is now limited to a tight window of time and increasingly treacherous.

The area is still wonderful and, despite the financial climate, there is still enough money out there to mean the marina and harbour could (and should) be full - all that has changed is the lack of 24-7 access which is the direct result of silting.

Whilst I recognise that the original design of the harbour channel was 0.6m CD, and it is now being 'maintained' to this standard, the evidence speaks for itself - the lack of 24-7 access is killing the harbour and marina and will hurt Pwllheli. Someone needs to bite the bullet and get the original dredger back to dredge the whole harbour to restore the condition from the early 90s; I'm certain both the marina and harbour will be full again soon after!
26/10/2013 @ 8:11 am
The crazy gang
Alcove means Tapas.
20/10/2013 @ 1:11 pm
Ray Daley
Could anyone please tell me if fishing is allowed around the marina and where to and what bait to use many thanks
29/09/2013 @ 7:54 am
Castell Inn has the comfiest beds in Wales, the mattress is about 2foot thick and their rates are incredible allowing you to stay longer for less.
10/08/2013 @ 7:07 am
Ronald West
Great Night at Angelinas last night, about 15 minutes in a taxi from marina.
03/08/2013 @ 9:46 am
Mick Bould
In response to Wil Williams post.
I couldnt agree more..the people that talk about about so-called silting problems at Pwllheli really dont know what they are on about, as there arent any silting problems.
Having said that, from a selfish point of view, if it puts people off, it doesnt bother me, I love the tranquility of sailing these waters and hope to do so for many more years.
02/08/2013 @ 11:18 am
Harbourguides Crew
Thanks for explaining that Wil.
We will make a note of it in our news pages.
02/08/2013 @ 9:32 am
Wil Williams - Harbour Manager
The harbour channel was initially dredged in 1990/1 to a depth in excess of 2m at CD. The reason for this was due to the size of the dredger commisioned to carry out the dredging work it had to physically cut/dredge its way in. As a result we have enjoyed many years where vessels had 24hr access, but the harbour was never designed to this depth; the design depth for the harbour channel is .6m CD which is the depth we have today, and this was confirmed following a survey which was carried out last month (copy available). The harbour does silt up, as do most harbours, but it is being maintained to its original design depth of .6m CD. We have three tide gauges within the harbour and these tide gauges represent the actual depth in the channel. If 2m shows on the tide gauge then there is 2m in the channel. One of the tide gauges is located at the harbour entrance. Too often times we see people who do not check the tide gauge, or do not know the draft of their vessel and who consequently go aground, and you get other people who chance it on a falling tide! Pwllheli harbour is still one of the best harbours in the UK, free from commercial traffic and with access to the spectacular Cardigan Bay.
31/07/2013 @ 7:48 pm
Roger, Tiffany and the girls
Fantastic meal at Angelinas with service to match. We were made to feel extremely welcome even though the kids were a little noisy at times. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff.
10/07/2013 @ 6:37 am
Harbourguides Crew
Hi Al Mathew
I will ask this question on our forum, sometime today 10/7/13 and I am sure we will get an honest response. So keep your eye on our forum (Can be accesed at top of this page)
Thanks HG Crew
09/07/2013 @ 8:57 pm
al Matthew
Just been reading some of you comments on the silting problem pwthelli marina had in 2011. I'm thinking of using the marina but need to know if the access is 24 hour and the depth is now adequate for a vessel with 1.8 meter draft
07/07/2013 @ 6:37 pm
Will and friends
Another great night at Alcove, remember to get there early because once they are full you can stay all night and there is no pressure for your table.
23/06/2013 @ 12:42 pm
Janne on swedish yacht Xanadu
My boat is 13.5 x 2.55 meter and draught 2 meters, and I can't find any depth in Pwllheli harbour on my charts. Can you tell me if I can enter the harbour at any time and which pontones are good to berth, please?
21/06/2013 @ 7:26 am
Found your people Partington Marine very helpful and courteous ,not many of us left.
04/06/2013 @ 11:00 am
Popped into Rowlands for some Bits and bobs, very helpful and informative.
Rowlands is the marine electronics shop in Marina .
15/04/2013 @ 10:56 am
Just returned hire car back to Hardy's garage brilliant,will use them again for sure.
17/03/2013 @ 7:03 pm
Try the Belly Pork at Alcove, is one of their tapas and is amazing .
26/01/2013 @ 11:39 am
Zoe Niblett
I work at Gimblet Rock Holiday Park in Pwllheli with the Harbour on the left and views over the sea to Harlech in front, a beautiful place to work. Come and join us for a drink or a bite to eat when the park opens again on the 1st March. The perfect place to watch the sailing.
26/01/2013 @ 11:19 am
Zoe Niblett
Great to meet you last night in Y Castell. 'Leaning Gravity' were fab.
Loved the yellow headphones. x
19/01/2013 @ 9:12 am
Great food at the Vic (Victoria Hotel) especially Sunday Lunch .
14/01/2013 @ 9:14 am
John Pritchard
Had my annual visit to Polash Indian restaurant yesterday,they now do an excellent 30 dish ALL YOU CAN EAT all day and is only a short stroll back to Marina to walk it off.
I have been sailing to Pwllheli for some years now,and always pop in the Polash Indian restaurant.
04/01/2013 @ 12:34 pm
Captain Bob
May have to have electrics looked at next month, any ideas for crew accommodation in vicinity ?
04/01/2013 @ 12:34 pm
Captain Bob
May have to have electrics looked at next month, any ideas for crew accommodation in vicinity ?
30/12/2012 @ 11:23 am
Rick and crew
You need more food places on this page,other than that everything ok.
30/12/2012 @ 11:23 am
Rick and crew
You need more food places on this page,other than that everything ok.
11/12/2011 @ 8:34 pm
Angela wright
Please can you put a pontoon over at the lifeboat side,for people that launch there own boats,and also organise parking facilities for cars and trailers.
01/11/2011 @ 3:57 pm
I'd like to move back to this marina since it's nearer home but i'm worried about the comments above. My boat draws 1 metre ,would this guarantee 24 hour access?
08/08/2011 @ 7:00 pm
In response to the many concerns we are receiving both by emails and our "comments" section,we aim to bring more awareness about this problem in the hope that there can be a solution to this problem....keep an eye out on our "Sailing News" section where there will be more info soon.
08/08/2011 @ 10:47 am
Kieran G
I have to agree with Sheilas comment about Pwllheli as i have encountered similar problems lately...can someone not get this sorted as people are going to avoid this area if it carries on, and in the economic climate we find ourselves in the marina and surrounding shops etc are all going to suffer!!!!
08/08/2011 @ 6:17 am
We recently stayed at Pwllheli marina - lovely marina and great staff - but access is a real real problem. While we were staying there for 1 week, several boats went aground in the channel (all floated off ok) - another boat was damaged trying to keep close to the pylons on the way in due to depth restrictions. Just not worth it - a real pity as the marina itself is great.
06/06/2011 @ 3:50 pm
I have been sailing from Pwllheli for over twenty years and the silting this year is the worst I have ever known. Draw 1.2m, Saturday's tide (04/06/11) predicted 1.2 lowest plus harbour chart claims 0.6 depth at CD. Tried to come in 1hr 30mins before low and grounded in the main channel.

Its a big issue with harbour users and the inevitable conclusion is that the council have taken the profits and utterly failed to re-invest in dredging or maintaining the other facilities. A crying shame as Pwllheli had provided the only all-tide harbour of refuge in a wonderful sailing area.
17/04/2011 @ 6:21 pm
Ian Green
I need some positive input regarding the silting as my boat draws 6'. The season is short and I need to use my boat whenever I need to.
I have been a user of the harbour for 50 years and as the press is alive with comment I need to know what is going to be done about the matter and when.
Please publish!
22/03/2011 @ 11:46 pm
Not 24 hour access any more. The Marina has silted up over the last few years, due to a lack of maintenance by the owners, Gwynedd Council.
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Business Reviews (10)
05/08/2018 @ 11:29 pm
Llyn Marine Services Ltd by Peter Bridgwood
I took my Dell Quay Dory Eurosport 15 out of storage after 4 years, I rang around for advise with a couple of problems with my 2 stroke 90 Yamaha. I rang around 3 or 4 different marine workshops, and all of them said, “just drop it to us”. Keith was very helpful over the phone, putting my mind at ease, with no hard sell. After a run out at sea, it developed a couple more problems, so I booked it in with Keith. His team turned it round quickly and efficiently even with the short notice, and after a full service, I launched and ran it a gain. It still had a running problem. After a call to Llyn Marine, Keith asked me to drop it to him on a Sunday morning. His Tech, Pete went right through the engine and found a sticking fuelling problem, and then launched my in via the Pwllheli harbour slip. The boat was the best it’s ever been!!! Big thanks to Keith and Pete for sorting my craft out so my family and I can enjoy the holidays. First class.
28/06/2018 @ 10:56 am
Optimum Marine Surveys by John Heale
I recently used the services of Optimum Marine to carry out a survey of my vessel. Oli Byles carried out the survey and I found the service professional, informative and courteous. I would recommend this company. John Heale
14/04/2018 @ 9:15 am
Polash Balti Restaurant by HG Crew
Great Indian restaurant
23/03/2015 @ 4:16 pm
Castle Inn Pwllheli by Allan
Never a dull moment here, great place.
10/03/2015 @ 10:27 am
Rowlands Marine Electronics Ltd by Pat
Very helpful seeing as I am new to the game.
First place I have sailed to from Dublin( with some help )
09/03/2015 @ 9:54 am
Y Bryncynan by Sue and Mick
We were on our way from Liverpool to visit friends in the Marina, and thought we had seen this place a few months ago on site, so we decided to give it a go.
Good homestyle cooking, excellent.
12/01/2015 @ 7:53 am
Polash Balti Restaurant by Lorraine and friends
Had the best time here over xmas here whilst visiting friends who have moved their boat down here from Scotland.
22/06/2014 @ 6:51 am
Partington Marine by Simon
Best boat bit place in Wales.
16/07/2013 @ 7:36 am
Llyn Cleaner by Jane
They do a really good job Here.#1
27/01/2013 @ 6:14 pm
Y Bryncynan by Paul H.G.CREW
Ventured out here last week and gave the lamb shank a go, well worth it and decided to go back next night for the gammon.
Both were great and staff were great.
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