Gwynedd - Blaenau
Blaenau Ffestiniog is a historic mining town in Gwynedd, Wales.
It has a population of 4,875 according to the 2011 census, including
the attached village of Llan Ffestiniog, which makes it the third
largest town in Gwynedd unitary authority, behind Bangor and
Caernarfon. Although the population reached 12,000 at the peak of
the slate industry, the population fell due to a decrease in the
demand for slate. Blaenau Ffestiniog at one time was the second
largest town in North Wales, behind Wrexham. Today, the town relies
heavily on tourists, who come to see the many attractions within and
around the town such as the Ffestiniog Railway and the Llechwedd
Before the slate industry developed, the area now know as Blaenau
Ffestiniog was a farming region, with scattered farms working the
uplands below the cliffs of Dolgaregddu and Nyth-y-Gigfran. A few of
these historic farmhouses survive at Cwm Bowydd, Gelli, Pen y Bryn
and Cefn Bychan. Much of the land was owned by large estates.
The Grapes Hotel
Welcome. Croeso i Westy ‘The Grapes’. In North Wales, at the very
heart of Snowdonia, is the lovely village of Maentwrog, in the Vale
of Ffestiniog. The Grapes Hotel is one of the oldest and most famous
coaching inns in Wales. The grade II listed inn dates from the 17th
Century. The welcome is typical of North Wales, warm and friendly.
Log fires provide an inviting atmosphere for cooler evenings.
six hotel bedrooms are refurbished to high standards with modern
boutique-style furnishings, whilst retaining the existing features
of the ‘old’ coaching inn. Add our home-cooked food made from the
best local produce, our selection of good wines, cask conditioned
ale and free Wi-Fi. We look forward to welcoming you.
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