Nant Gwrtheyrn is surely one of the cultural capitals of Wales. It’s both a heritage and Welsh language Centre and it has all been created within a renovated Victorian Quarry village. The coastal location is quite unforgettable and there are lovely walks you can enjoy both along the beach and in the neighbouring woodland. Recent investment has allowed the creation of a Heritage Centre, opened in 2003, which interprets the story of the valley from the Iron Age to the present day. A new road makes ease of access much improved and car parking is now provided in the village. Amongst the many reasons to visit the village is the fact that admission is free.
Built in 1878, the village of Nant Gwrtheyrn originally consisted of twenty-six houses, a shop and bakery and a mansion – home to the Quarry Manager. There was also a chapel in the village and children were taught by the chapel’s minister. At its peak as many 200 people lived there. By the 1940s the quarry had closed as tarmac had replaced the need for slate as road surfacing. The last house was left empty in 1959. The village was then purchased by a charitable trust in the 1970s and finally, in 1982, the first residential Welsh for Adults course was held at Nant Gwrtheyrn.
Enjoy a cup of tea, or something stronger, in Caffi Meinir, the fully licensed eatery at Nant. Why don’t you sit outside – it’s a glorious spot to enjoy the view. The café is so named because of the tragic story of Rhys and Meinir who were cousins who lived in the valley of Nant. They fell in love and… When you visit Nant Gwrtheyrn ask about the sad end to the tale or visit: Nant Gwrtheyrn
You’re bound to fall in love with Nant Gwrtheyrn and, if you decide to stay over, then 4* accommodation is available on site.
Contact: Nant Gwrtheyrn, Llithfaen, Pwllheli, LL53 6PA
Tel: 01758 750334
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