Borthwnog Hall - Snowdonia country house bed and breakfast

Local history

Harlech castle

Harlech castle was part of an ‘iron ring’ of castles along the coastal edge of Snowdonia, starting from Flint and stretching all the way down to Aberystwyth. It dates from 1283, the time of King Edward I’s second campaign in north Wales.

Harlech castle


Much less well-known than the Norman castles, but equally worth a visit, are the native Welsh princes’ castles. Situated 30 miles from Borthwnog Hall, this ruined castle was once an impressive fortress, built by Llywelyn ap Iorwerth (Llywelyn the Great), Prince of Gwynedd, in the 13th century. It was a Welsh stronghold for only about 60 years, falling to the English in April 1283, and the English settlement was abandoned soon after. The castle was never used again.

King Arthur’s Labyrinth

King Arthur’s Labyrinth tells the story of the Welsh legend of King Arthur and other Welsh myths and magical tales. Boats sail through underground caverns as the stories unfold. Hear stories of dragons, of giants, of battles, of treachery and of floods.


The Celtica museum in Machynlleth presents the life and history of the Celts; a blend of myth and music, landscape and language.

Llechwedd slate caverns

Set in 2000 acres of land between Blaenau Ffestiniog and Dolwyddelan, Llechwedd underground cavern tours show how slate was mined, and how it is transformed into traditional roofing slate and other slate products.