Porth y Swnt

Shinning a light on Llŷn's unique culture, heritage and environment. Get inspired to explore...who knows where the journey will take you?

Porth y Swnt

This unique new interpretation centre in the heart of Aberdaron uses poetry and art installations to showcase the special qualities which make the Llŷn Peninsula so unique in terms of history, culture and environment.

The name Porth y Swnt translates as ‘Gateway to the Sound’, referring to nearby Bardsey Sound and the use of the centre as a gateway to discovering and exploring the surrounding area.

Inspired by the pilgrims who have travelled to Aberdaron and Bardsey Island for hundreds of years Porth y Swnt takes you on your own special journey. Journey up from ‘the Deep’ which is dark and atmospheric, through man’s interaction with the land in ‘the Way’, to ‘the Light’ and its centrepiece- the decommissioned optic from Bardsey Island lighthouse. Along the way you can read the words of local poets, watch film and light projections, hear haunting sounds and see historic photos of the area.

Before you leave you can gather ideas about where and what to do next using map guides, ranger recommendations and touch screen technology. Why not connect to the WiFi and use the Llŷn Interactive Map on the Porth y Swnt web page to inspire you- from surfing, bird watching and ancient hill forts to manganese mines, dolphins and walking there’s plenty out there to enjoy.

Also at Porth y Swnt is Sisial a siop selling unique goods for you and your home including beach wear, jewellery and art. Fancy something more energetic? Try outdoor activities such as kayaking, surfing and coasteering provided through a partnership between the National Trust and a local activity provider.

Open all year round Porth y Swnt is a perfect base to explore and enjoy the area and all that it has to offer

Opening Times

2018 opening times can be viewed on the National Trust website


Admission Fee

Adults - £2

Children - £1

Free admission to National Trust members


Plenty of cafes and restaurants in Aberdaron


Car Park

Admission Fee

Free admission for National Trust members