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.