Attractions near the village include the Rhaeadr Cynfal waterfalls and the remains of the Tomen-y-Mur Roman fort and amphitheatre. A decommissioned nuclear power station lies south of the village, at Trawsfynydd.
Elizabeth Gaskell, the Victorian era writer whose novels and short stories were a critique of the era's inequality in industrial cities and of its attitudes towards women, was fond of Ffestiniog. Mr and Mrs Gaskell visited the village and spent some time there on their wedding tour. On another later visit in 1844 it was at the inn there that their young son William caught scarlet fever, from which he died. It was to turn her thoughts from the grief of her bereavement that she upon her husband's advice began to write her first novel, Mary Barton.
George Borrow wrote briefly about Ffestiniog and its church-side pub, the Pengwern, in his travelogue Wild Wales. He says, Situated in the square opposite the Pengwern Arms, is the oldest dwelling and established business in the area "Meirion House" its name derived from the county of Meirionydd the core of this grade2* listed building is thought to date back to 1411, with several annexes added on over the years, business was established here in 1726, it has retained many of its original character including the original pitch pine and oak beams and lath and plaster ceiling, slate floors and inglenook fireplace with inset cast iron double oven,in the slate floor inlaid there is a headstone, part of which is under the second stairway, believed to be constructed in the late 1800s.Part of Meirion House was once a small drovers bank, known as " Banc yr Ddafad Ddu" ( The Bank Of the Black Sheep)in the early 1800 it was a drapers shop. In the early 1900 it became a guest house with the original visitors book dating back to 1909, it was used extensively by cyclist and was a NCU,(National Cyclists Union)official quarters,In the visitors book there is an entry with reference to the ghost of "Elizabeth" (could be related to the inlaid headstone), during the second world war, officials from the national art gallery stayed here, whilst working at "Cwt y Bugail" quarry which was used to house the nations art galleries treasures, Original portraits of Robert Thomas Williams, and Mary Ellen Williams the tenants of Meirion House are still in the hall, the house was purchased from the 5th.Baron Newborough in 1925 by Robert Thomas Williams ( Son of Robert Thomas Williams and Mary Ellen Williams). The new build houses next door were built on the site of the "Abbey Arms" an old coaching Inn, which once had its own stables, and its very own guide dog, which used to take visitors down to Cynfal Falls, the dog was a Black Labrador called " Major ".
For Pictures of Meirion House, and History go to, meirionhouse.blogspot.co.uk