The Lion Inn - Gwytherin
Gwytherin Village Lion Inn

Life in the village

The Village Motto is "The next step is Heaven" and having won the "Best Kept Village" title on four occasions, it is hard to imagine a prettier place than Gwytherin to visit, whatever the season.

As the year passes various events take place in Gwytherin, although no longer operated by the Church in Wales, the Church is now owned by Alison, who has lovingly restored it and turned it into a place where concerts and exhibitions are held, where people visit to pay pilgrimage or simply sit and contemplate. Recently we were enthralled by a 35 man Choir and next will be treated to a concert given by Wales' leading young Harpist.

In early Autumn we have the Gwytherin Agricultural Show, with prize winning Rams that are worth more than a new Car! Big flashy Cars don't cut the mustard here, but arrive in a Vintage Tractor, well thats a different story.

Check out our Facebook page for more photos and if you have a good one, let us have it and we will get it posted.

Our Facebook page is also the place to head if you want to find out about the events and special occassions that happen in the village and at the Lion Inn throughout the year. For example, each month we will have a Quiz night and plans are well under way for a Ladies Night.


Village history

The first time you visit Gwytherin, you will be amazed that such a beautiful location can have remained such a secret, when you get to know it you begin to understand why this has been a special place for over 2000 years, the 3000 year old Yew trees in the churchyard, replete with Roman gravestones stand testament to this. Indeed from the time that the Romans left until the middle ages, Gwytherin was one of the Countries major destinations for Christian Pilgrims.

For it is here that St. Winifred (Gwenfrewi in her native Welsh) lived out her life in the mid 7th century and was buried in the churchyard for over 500 years, until her bones were removed to Shrewsbury Cathedral, where she still lies today, although today she is more well known for being the central character in Ellis Peters Cadfael novels, the first one being set in Gwythein.

Amazingly the village has remained relatively unchanged over the centuries and its rich pastures are still farmed by families whose ancestry is deep in the mists of time. This is also a place where Welsh is the mother tongue, spend an evening in the Bar and listen to the Locals discussing the latest news.

The Village is made up of 28 houses surrounded by farmland and a myriad of farms, on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park. Bettws Y Coed is 9 miles away and all 15 of the mountains in Wales that reach beyond 3000' are within a 40 minute drive. Llandudno and the coast can be reached in about 30 minutes, it is why we say that we may be in the middle of nowhere, but we are not far from anywhere!

Gwytherin Cledwen Valley

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