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Visitor notice

Following the announcement of a short ‘firebreak’ lockdown by the Welsh Government as of 6pm on Friday 23 October, all Cadw staffed and unstaffed sites will be closed until further notice.

Until we can welcome you back in person, you can visit us virtually through our Open Doors Online 3D tours. All you’ll need is a mobile phone or a desk-top computer — of if you have a VR head-set you can be fully-immersed inside your selected adventure.

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Diolch and we hope to see you again soon.


Childhood home of a literary heroine and showcase for a unique industrial landscape

Novelist and short-story writer Kate Roberts is celebrated across Wales as ‘Brenhines ein Llên’ – or The Queen of our Literature.

She depicts strong women battling stubbornly against danger and poverty in the quarrying communities of north-west Wales. And she knew what she was writing about. That was her life too.

Born in 1891, she grew up in Cae’r Gors, a humble quarryman’s cottage and smallholding on the slopes above the Nantlle Valley near Caernarfon. It shaped her imagination and stayed with her long after she left home at the age of 18.

When she discovered Cae’r Gors was derelict in 1965 she campaigned tirelessly to save it. In 2007 it was finally restored to the way it would have been in her childhood.

So now, starting in the heritage centre behind the cottage, you can explore her world and walk through the tiny rooms filled with voices from the past. Even her books, clogs and cloak are there to remind you of this remarkable period of Welsh industrial history.

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Site guidebook available to purchase online and in selected visitor centres.

Cadw do not allow drone flying from or over its guardianship sites, except by contractors commissioned for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and are operating under controlled conditions.

Smoking is not permitted.

Visitor toilets are available at this site.


Postcode LL54 7EY

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Telephone 01286 831715 / 831413


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Cae'r Gors
Rhosgadfan, Caernarfon LL54 7EY