West facing and situated half way between the mouth of the Dyfi and
Dysynni rivers is Tywyn, the second most important commercial town in
the area. Like most of the towns in the Dyfi area, it swarms with
tourists in the summer but is quiet outside the holiday season. The
town has two major supermarkets and several small convenience stores
which cater for the domestic needs of the locals. It also has a farmers
mart and an industrial estate although one company, Halo Foods
occupies most of the units in it.
The promenade, Assembly Rooms
(now a Cinema) and other fine
buildings in Tywyn were built by
the Corbett family. The name
crops up almost everywhere you
look. The largest hotel, at the
north end of the High Street is
called “The Corbett Arms Hotel”
in their memory.
The town has two main
attractions, The Halo ice-cream
shop which sells delicious ices
made with honey and the Tal-y-
llyn steam railway. If you are
lucky you will meet Honey Bear
at the Halo shop. The Bear is a
big hit with young children and
‘grown-up’ kids alike.
The Tal-y-llyn railway has two stations in Tywyn. Wharf Station is at
the end of the line and close to the main-line rail station. The second
station is at Pendre at the north end of Tywyn, near to the industrial
estate. Here the steam locomotives and carriages are lovingly restored
and maintained by volunteers but there is also a platform there.