Dolwyddelan Conwy Snowdonia Mountains and Coast Wales

Tourist information for Dolwyddelan, Snowdonia, North Wales.

The village of Dolwyddelan is situated in the picturesque Lledr valley in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park. Just five miles from the bustling tourist village of Betws-y-Coed, Dolwyddelan maintains a tranquillity whilst offering an excellent range of walks from the short and gentle stroll to an invigorating trek – all set with beautiful Welsh countryside.

Dolwyddelan is renowned for its imposing 13th Century castle, standing on a rocky outcrop at the foot of Moel Siabod with a commanding view of the Lledr valley, and reputed to be the birthplace of Llewelyn ap Iorwerth, the last true Welsh Prince of Wales.

Saint Gwyddelan’s 15th century church in the centre of the village is not the original church. A wooden church was first built on Bryn y Bedd, a small hill close to the castle but when Maredudd ab Ieuan, ancestor of the Wynn family of Llanrwst, came to live here in the late 15th century he decided to build a church where he could keep an eye on his lookouts at Carreg Alltrem and his new house in Cwm Penamnen.

Inside the church is Saint Gwyddelan’s bell or cloch gwyddelan, thought to be the bell brought from Ireland by Saint Gwyddelan in the 7th century. Look out for the front pew that bears the carving in Welsh “A bench for the hard of hearing” and also the Dolwyddelan dragon carved on to the beam on the north side.

Dolwyddelan has an archaeological dig at Tai Penamnen which has been going on for the past seven years. It has all been done voluntary by dedicated amateurs and is interesting site with plenty to see and is accessible via foot or vehicle.

Forty thousand shards of pottery are in the process of being catalogued along with over one and a half thousand pieces of clay tobacco pipes. The oldest artefact found on site was a 3,000,000 year old lepidodendron fossil.

With its excellent public transport links and ample car parking, Dolwyddelan is an ideal starting point for countless interesting walks (a selection of walks can be viewed and downloaded here: website link). In the heart of the village you will find the village shop, Y Gwydyr public house and Elen’s Castle hotel and restaurant. There are public toilets in the village and regular bus and train services, and at the award-winning railway station there is a picnic area set in its own nature reserve. The Lledr valley has very good mobile network coverage.

Dolwyddelan also has a new pitch and putt golf area which is available to everyone and is located near the community pavilion.

For more information and images on Dolwyddelan visit the Dolwyddelan community website: website link

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