Aran Hall School's Community
Dolgellau is a small market town which developed due to its central role in the woollen industry, which peaked around 1800. The town and local area was also a focal point for development of the Quakers who were established in 1657. It was also home to the first grammar school in Wales, which was built in 1665. The town has a range of shops including two chemists, bakery, supermarket, green grocers and clothes.
Approximately 12 miles away is the market town of Bala. It sits at the head of the largest natural lake in Wales, Llyn Tegid. The lake is four miles long and a mile wide and has a narrow gauge railway running alongside it. Unsurprisingly, the area is renowned for its water sport activities including fishing and sailing. There are also fantastic places to walk and cycle nearby.
Places to stay
The Royal Ship Hotel
A family run hotel, this historical building has been extensively modernised and extended over the years. Behind its attractive ivy-clad facade, 23 individual furnished Bedrooms, Bar and Restaurant is on offer and provides our guests with the ideal atmosphere for a memorable stay.
Royal Ship Hotel Queens Square Dolgellau Gwynedd LL40 1AR
Tel: 01341 422209
Ivy House Hotel
Ivy House dates back to 1829 and is situated close to the centre of Dolgellau and its amenities. There are six guest bedrooms, four of which have en-suite facilities, all of them have a beverage tray, hair dryer and colour television. There is a comfortable guest lounge and a spacious dining room where healthy or king-sized breakfasts can start your day.
Ivy House Finsbury Square Dolgellau, Gwynedd LL40 1RF Tel: 01341 422535
White Lion Royal Hotel
The White Lion Royal Hotel was built in 1752. Recently reopened after an extensive renovation to a four star Coaching Inn standard. Situated close to Snowdonia National Park.
White Lion Royal,
61 High Street,
LL237AE. Tel: 01678 520 314
Places to visit
Bala Lake Railway
The nine mile journey takes you along the edge of lake Llyn Tegid, through the beautiful scenery of the Snowdonia National Park. The train give excellent views of the lake and surrounding area.
Set on the West coast, 10 miles from Dolgellau is the town of Barmouth. As well as the old town which is steeped in history there is a large beach and harbour. The town has a large selection of shops, pubs, hotels. Barmouth is also home to the Fairbourne and Barmouth Railway which runs for two miles.
King Arthurs Labyrinth
This exciting underground adventure starts as you sail along a subterranean river, travelling back in time, into a world of myths, legends and storytelling. Hear tales from King Arthur, tales about dragons.