Welcome to the Ganolfan

The Centre for the Arts & Culture in Porthmadog

Upcoming Events

About Us

Located on the wharfside of Porthmadog’s picturesque harbour, the Canolfan Gelfyddydau Porthmadog Arts Centre — better known to its local patrons simply as The Ganolfan — serves as a focal point and community centre for the local population. Since its opening in 1975, it has been used as a venue to host events of all kinds, including concerts, parties, sporting events including televised wrestling, exhibitions, arts and crafts fairs and much more besides.

Upcoming Events

We are happy to announce that we have now reopened our doors on the 1st of September 2020, albeit in a slightly reduced capacity, but are pleased to welcome any requests for room hire or events (Under Welsh Government guidelines).

Unfortunately. Due to the Corona\Covid 19 virus, the kitchen is closed until further notice, but all efforts are underway so as to re-establish the refreshments facility as soon as possible.

29th of September 2020

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18th of September 2020.

Following the forced closure and subsequent delays due to the Covid 19 virus. The annual general meeting of “Y Ganolfan’s” management committee will be help on Wednesday the 23rd of September 2020 at “Y Ganolfan.” This meeting is public. But emphasis must be made on the Welsh Government guidelines regarding Covid 19.

16th of September 2020.

More details will be forthcoming as the Cofid-19 situation improves and guidance from the Welsh Government arrives.

If you require further details on hiring any part of the Center, please contact the Center through our contact elements on this website or visit our facebook page,

Venue Hire

Three different areas are available for hire. The Main Hall offers the largest space available, and is ideal for concerts and larger functions. The Glaslyn Room seats over 60 people, and is ideal for smaller functions and children’s parties. The room benefits from an overhead slide projector and adjacent tea and coffee room overlooking the harbour. An occasional license is available if required. The Madog Room can accommodate up to 10 people.

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Main Hall Seating Main Hall Stage Glaslyn Room Picture of Madog Room


The Ganolfan is located at the harbourside in Porthmadog, just off the High Street and very near to the Ffestiniog Railway Station.

Parking is available at the rear of the building, and additional parking is available in several nearby car parks that are within a 5 to 10 minute walk. Disabled parking is available at the front of the building, next to the entrance.

Y Ganolfan
Gwynedd LL49 9LU