Llys Ednowain

Llys Ednowain – Heritage Centre and Hostel

Tel: 01766 770324
Mobile: 07379521802
e-mailt : llysednowain@btconnect.com


Llys Ednowain Hostel provides expediency for a reasonable price. It provides 20 beds with linen and towels, in four rooms with central heating.
Whatever your activity the hostel is a convenient place to stay.
Price: £25 per night.
As a further incentive everyone staying at the hostel will receive a pack of vouchers giving them 10% off their food at local eateries.

The hostel offers parking, a secure bike shed, kitchen, computer, TV, DVD / video, wachine machine and dryer. A stone throw away there is a pub, paper shop, garage and grocer with off-licence and cash machine.

4 miles to the South of Llys Ednowain there is one of the most famous mountain bike routes in Britain, The Coed y Brenin Biking Centre.

As well as the Rhinogydd mountains, there are numerous Roman remains and the Coed y Brenin forest, the region has numerous nature trails where you can view animals, birds and wild flowers.

Also you can have a unique history of the village of Trawsfynydd in the multimedia exhibition of the Saint and the sheperd at Llys Ednowain. Learn about the Bronse and Iron age at Crawcellt and come and see a replica of the Trawsfynydd Tankard. 

The exhibition about the Saint and Shepherd has been based on the lives of two famous people from the village namely poet Hedd Wyn and St John Roberts.



Ellis Humphrey Evans, Hedd Wyn, was born at Penlan, Trawsfynydd in 1887, just before the family moved to his father’s old home at the Ysgwrn. He started to write poetry early, and won his first chair at Bala in 1907. He was called up to the army in 1917 and went to Flanders. In the battle of Passchendale amongst numerous others, he was killed. In the same year the National Eisteddfod was held at Birkenhead. In the Eisteddfod pavillion on the 6th September the adjudicator announced that victorious bard under the pen-name of ’Fluer-de -lis’ was worthy of being chaired. The audience was informed that the winner was Private E.H.Evans – Hedd Wyn – and that he had been killed on the battle ground a month earlier, with sorrow the chair was draped in a black quilt. In 1991 a film was made about him, which was nominated for an Oscar. Come and see the Hedd Wyn Film Plaque, the plaque is part of the Wales Screen Commision’s North Wales Film and Television Trail. The Plaque was unveiled on the 15 April 2005 by the actor Huw Garmon who played the leading role in the film.

One of the 40 Martyrs of England and Wales who was canonized in 1970. He was born at Rhiwgoch, Trawsfynydd in 1577, and was probably baptized at the St. Madryn’s church in the village. It is mentioned that his family lived at either Gelli Goch or Tyddyn Gwladus. He was reared a Protestant and on the 26th February 1595/6 enlisted in St. Johns College, Oxford. He then travelled the continent and whilst in Paris turned Catholic.
In 1599 he went to St. Benedict Abbey, Valladolid; he then went on to novitate at Santiago de Compostela, about the end of 1600. He joined the Benedictine faith and adopted then name Fray Juan de Mervinia, brother John from Merioneth. He was ordained and went out on the English mission on the 26th December 1602 – he was the first monk to return to England after Henry VIII closed the monasteries. He was four or five times detained by the authorities, but on each occasion following a short term in prison he was deported. During this period he made a name for himself in London for helping people who were suffering from the plague. He again returned but was arrested and convicted of high treason. He was executed by being hung, drawn and quartered at Tyburn, London on the 10 December 1610.
St John was blessed on the 15th December 1929, and canonized on the 25th of October 1970.

A comfortable auditorium for seminars and workshops. Facilities include computer, screen and projector. Hundreds of old pictures of the area can be seen here, and the listening post – part of the Story of the Forest display – lets you hear local characters sharing their invaluable memories of the history of the forest and the Trawsfynydd area.


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