Porth Y SwntAberdaron, Llŷn Peninsula
Porth Y Swnt is a visitor centre in the old fishing village of Aberdaron. A visitor centre with a delightful twist - it showcases an ‘arty’ portrayal of the Lleyn Peninsula encouraging locals to rediscover the fascinating beauty and history of the area, and giving holidaymakers every reason to fall in love with the dramatic coastline and vast countryside of North Wales! It is real value for money and ideal for rainy days, not to mention that much of the information inside is geared at children too, giving the whole family an enjoyable educational experience!
Porth Y Swnt translates as ‘Gateway to the sound’, which highlights the aim of the centre as being the doorway leading to all that the Lleyn Peninsula has to shout about! Here is all the information you need to know about nearby coastal walks, cycle routes, kayaking, and an introduction to the fascinating story Aberdaron has to tell! History of the village, Bardsey Island, information about the local wildlife and more is displayed through a series of interactive and unique exhibitions that will certainly make your family day out to this visitor centre one to remember!
The information displays and exhibitions within are based on the local scenes and surroundings of the western tip of the Lleyn Peninsula taking its inspiration from Aberdaron’s architecture and maritime past, as well as the history of incredibly fascinating Ynys Enlli (Bardsey Island), the fourth largest offshore island in all of Wales!
An audio tour will reveal the local history, influential people, geology and wildlife, in addition to information boards throughout. On entry children can get an activity scrapbook and UV torch to assist their exploration spotting hidden animals, with many interactive exhibitions along the way including the ‘Weather Pool’,‘The Deep’ and ‘The sea of words’.
The Weather Pool is called ‘The Swnt’, named after the stretch of water between the Lleyn Peninsula and Ynys Enlli. The Swnt shows the swirling of the sea in a visually unique and colourful way. It is fed by live data drawing on the exact time of day, weather, tidal level of the sea and season of the year! Visitors are able to use their hands to interact with the ever-changing visual and sound display, becoming masters of the sea!
‘The Deep’ offers an atmospheric under the sea experience! On this journey, you will get to meet the farmer, the fisherman and the pilgrim as you weave your way around the wooden figures crafted by a local sculptor. You will also be able to meet the resident seal in the sound and light animation - the children will love watching him play in and out of the ‘soft waves’.
‘The Sea Of Words’ enables children and tests adults to exercise their creative side and write poetry - why not use your visit as inspiration? The religious history of Bardsey Island has inspired award-winning art and poetry, and attracted many internationally known singers too! Other highlights include ‘The Way’, a colorful textile and natural material display illustrating how the land has been used over time, ‘The light’ glass installation designed as a lighthouse lantern created out of a real piece of Bardsey Islands lighthouse, as well as ‘The fold’, a small garden and outdoor area to end your journey.
Porth Y Swnt is a one of a kind experience - not only is it a great visit alone, but it will help you enjoy the rest of your time in the area. You will also know how to make the most of your visit with the knowledge of the best places to eat locally, nearby attractions, and more! Annual events are held at the visitor centre too, including guided bike rides, seasonal holiday-themed trails (such as the spooky Halloween trail), stand up paddleboarding with Llyn Adventures, and that’s just the beginning! There is plenty for you to get involved in at Porth Y Swnt!
Easter - October
Daily: 10am - 5pm
October - Easter
Daily: 10am - 4pm
Excluding the 25th and 26th of December, as well as the 1st of January.
Phone number: 0344 800 1895
No designated picnic area but seating is available.
There is a National Trust car park a few yards away.
Wheelchair and pushchair accessible.
Other useful info
- Map guides, ranger recommendations and touch screen technology are available to help plan the rest of your day.
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