Culture & Heritage

perfectly located for exploring all of North Wales’ wonders

Steeped in history and with a vibrant 21st Century culture celebrated through music, art and poetry there’s always something new to discover in Snowdonia

firstly there are the castles – with three being UNESCO World Heritage Sites. According to Historic Britain there are 6oo castles in Wales, yes that’s right – 600! That’s a lot of turret gazing….

medieval majesty of Conwy Castle, which so impressed Thomas Telford he built a suspension bridge to match it’s magnificence

Then there’s Caernarfon with it’s polygonal towers and military museum. A formidable fortress which also hosted Prince Charles’ Investiture in 1969 which attracted a worldwide audience of 500million.

Also on our list is Beaumaris, Harlech, Dolwyddelan and Gwydir – if castles are your bag then we have a glut of them nearby! Visit Cadw to find out about all our historic buildings (btw Cadw is a Welsh word meaning ‘to keep’ or ‘to protect’)

Art at the Oak

it all started in 1844 when the great painter David Cox decided to spend all his summers in Betws and came to stay at the Oak. By 1881 Betws & the Conwy Valley was at the peak of its fame as a home and resort for large numbers of professional and amateur artists.

Today a signboard Cox painted still hangs over the fireplace in the Lounge and many other artists work adorn the walls throughout the building. We continue to comission art by local makers and painters and are a proud member of Arts and Busines Cymru who promote and develop partnerships throughout Wales, ensuring the rich benefits of our artsitsic heritage continues to inspire future generations

Art in Snowdonia

There are four principal public galleries in North Wales and many other independant galleries and open studio events which happen throught the year. Our most local private galleries are FFin Y Parc which holds regualr exhibitions by contemporary Welsh artists, the Alison Bradley Gallery which showcases Alison’s love of Snowdonia and iconic imagery, and Galeri Betws-y-Coed which alongside it’s exhibition space has a retail area selling local and national Welsh crafts ranging from woodblock prints and handmade dipdyed baskets to Welsh silversmithing and the work of Jayne Wright and her hand pierced copper sculptural pieces – just gorgeous!

Peppered with a mix of historic sites – World Heritage fortresses and slate quarries, Celtic shrines and cultural centres. There are inspirational landscapes too, and a living Welsh language you’ll hear and see everywhere – our heritage is rich in it’s bond to the land. Come and experience our story and Discover Snowdonia time and time again…

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