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Village:Capel Curig


Capel Curig,
LL24 0EL



Capel Curig takes its name from the little Saint Julitta's Church in the ancient graveyard by the river bridge on the Llanberis road. This confusingly has been known for over 100 years as St. Julitta's Church and is currently being restored by the "Friends of Saint Julitta". Tradition claims this chapel to be the 6th century foundation of St. Curig, a Celtic bishop. Centuries later, probably when the present ancient church was built, the name appears to have been Latinised as Cyricus, which is the name of a 4th-century child martyr whose mother was Julitta. They are usually named together as Saints Quiricus and Julietta.

The village is a popular centre for walking, climbing, mountaineering, mountain biking and other outdoor pursuits and is served by the Sherpa bus network. It is also home to a youth hostel, Army training camp, a camp site, several cafes and hotels and outdoor activity gear shops.

Also located in Capel Curig is the UK National Mountain Centre at Plas y Brenin, which offers the highest quality mountaineering, climbing, canoeing facilities and training. One mile east of the village on the A5 is Ty Hyll, home of the Snowdonia Society. Though the true origins of Ty Hyll (or the Ugly house) remain shrouded in mystery, legend tells us that it was a crude house built in the 15th century by two outlaw brothers. It was a 'Ty Un Nos' - or house built overnight. Under ancient law, he who built a house between sunset and sunrise, with walls, roof and smoking chimney, could claim the freehold.


Betws-y-Coed Tourist Information Centre


Capel Curig,
LL24 0EL


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Map reference: SH 720583  Lat: 53.10652 Long: -3.91235

A5 from Llangollen via Betws-y-Coed.

Accessible by Public Transport: 5 miles from Betws-y-Coed station