Why choose Llanbedr as your base for a visit to Snowdonia?
Well, the weather for a start. We have hot summers and mild winters. The mountains meet the sea here, so summer showers tend to pass over us. Autumn here is colourful and glorious; the forests are a picture in red, green and gold. In spring you get Lambs, Bluebells and Rhododendrons. True, in February we get snow, but it’s only on the mountain tops and in the winter sun and clear air, that just looks so beautiful.
Lost in time
Things are different here. Some people tell us we are a little ‘lost in time’. Perhaps we like it that way. Llanbedr is a proper community, a place where hill farming is still conducted in the way it has been for centuries. The male voice choir rehearses here every Sunday as it always has done; People still stop and chat to each other in the streets.
Llanbedr is like a poem or an opera, the stars seem closer here, and our mountains! If they are not the most beautiful in Europe, they have to be amongst the most beautiful. The Victorians spoke of them as ‘Britain’s Alps’, just as they referred to our shoreline as ‘this nation’s Bay of Naples’.
King George adored our beaches. You will too. You’ll find mile-after-mile of quiet golden sands (and yes, it really is golden).
Llanbedr is unspoilt. Recently bird watchers staying on Cym-Nantcol Farm counted 52 varieties, including Buzzards, Red Kites and the deliciously named Ring Ouzel.
The waters here are clear – Otters thrive. Fishing is good in the rivers, lakes and sea. Stay long enough and you’ll spot dolphins and seals.
There are no amusement arcades in Llanbedr, though we do have our own attractions – Shell Island, the Llanfair Slate Caverns and Children’s Farm, and if you are feeling really energetic and adventurous you can book an adventure day, take a look at our attractions page for further information.
Plenty to see and do
For those staying locally the village offers endless possibilities for walks from gentle strolls along our two beautiful rivers the Artro and the Nant-Col, or you can simply walk straight into the mountains, where you may only have the soaring buzzards for company.
You can follow in the footsteps of ancient travellers on prehistoric roads; see burial chambers and standing stones. Follow the track ways of the drovers that used to take cattle and sheep over the mountains to the markets in England before the coming of the railway. It is still possible to trace the line of the old horse drawn coaching road as is wends it’s over the mountains from Harlech to London.
- Tretower Court and Castle (Castle Wales Website) | (Wales.Gov Website)
- Victoria Inn, Llanbedr (Local pub & Restaurant)
- Côr Meibion Ardudwy (Local Male Voice Choir)
- Shell Island
- Llanfair Slate Caverns & Children’s Farm
- Dyffryn Burial Chamber
- Llanbedr Church Stone
- Meini Hirion Standing Stones
- Bryn Cader Faner Cairn & Stone Circle
- Welsh Highland Railway (Porthmadog)