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St Mary and St Bodfan Church, Llanaber south side.JPG
St Mary and St Bodfan Church, Llanaber
Llanaber is located in Gwynedd
Location within Gwynedd
OS grid referenceSH599178
Principal area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtLL42
Dialling code01341
PoliceNorth Wales
FireNorth Wales
UK Parliament
Senedd Cymru – Welsh Parliament
List of places
52°44′24″N 4°04′30″W / 52.740°N 4.075°W / 52.740; -4.075Coordinates: 52°44′24″N 4°04′30″W / 52.740°N 4.075°W / 52.740; -4.075

Llanaber is a linear village in north west Wales, near the resort of Barmouth. It is situated between Talybont and Barmouth on the coast, 1 km north of Barmouth on the A496 road. The Irish Sea lies directly to the west and the Rhiniog mountains lie directly to the east. The main attraction of Llanaber is the vast beautiful beach that is clean and flat and never overcrowded, making it ideal for a range of recreational activities, including horse riding, cycling, rounders, cricket and football. A protective promenade runs alongside the beach, taking walkers and cyclists all the way into Barmouth town centre.


It is served by hourly bus services and Llanaber railway station on the Cambrian train line. The village contains a number of rural holiday cottages,[1] small hotels.[2] and numerous holiday parks for caravan and camping during the summer.


Within the village is a 13th-century parish church and Grade I listed building, St Mary and St Bodfan Church.[3]

The church was built in the early 13th century by Hywel ap Gruffudd ap Cynan who was a great grandson of Owain Gwynedd.[4] It has a flagstone floor and a 16th-century timber roof.[5]

It has undergone two major restorations. The first one was in 1860. The small bell tower was rebuilt as well as most of the west wall. A small vestry was constructed on the north side of the chancel and stained glass windows were installed.[6]

The second restoration happened in 1969. The wood in roof was treated or replaced. The seating of the church was also renewed with spare pews given to St Mary's church from the nearby St John's Church, Barmouth. A Compton Two Manual and Pedal Organ was also given to the church by the Bishop of Bangor, James Colquhoun Campbell.[6]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Beautiful Wales 5 Star Holiday Cottages retrieved 14 July 2014
  2. ^ Morwendon House retrieved 1 June 2013
  3. ^ British listed buildings retrieved 1 June 2013
  4. ^ Llanaber Church Archived 3 July 2013 at the Wayback Machine from Mysterious Britain retrieved 1 June 2013
  5. ^ Llanaber Church from Britain Express retrieved 1 June 2013
  6. ^ a b History of St Mary's Archived 7 July 2013 at Archive.today from Church in Wales Barmouth retrieved 1 June 2013