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Eglwys St Cwyfan Tudweiliog - geograph.org.uk - 377548.jpg
St Cwyfan's Church
Tudweiliog is located in Gwynedd
Location within Gwynedd
Area35.53 km2 (13.72 sq mi)
Population970 (2011)
• Density27/km2 (70/sq mi)
OS grid referenceSH237367
  • Tudweiliog
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtLL53
Dialling code01758
PoliceNorth Wales
FireNorth Wales
UK Parliament
Senedd Cymru – Welsh Parliament
List of places
52°53′56″N 4°37′16″W / 52.899°N 4.621°W / 52.899; -4.621Coordinates: 52°53′56″N 4°37′16″W / 52.899°N 4.621°W / 52.899; -4.621

Tudweiliog (or Dweiliog for short) is a small, predominantly Welsh-speaking village, community and electoral ward on the northern coast of the Llŷn Peninsula in the Welsh county of Gwynedd. It is in the historic county of Caernarfonshire. The population has risen from 801 in 2001 to 970 in 2011.[4] The community includes the small settlement of Llangwnnadl. The community covers just over 35 square kilometres. [5]

Agriculture is the main industry in Tudweiliog, with numerous farms both pastoral and arable.


The u in Tudweiliog is a modern addition; before the 1980s the village's name was spelt as Tydweiliog, with a y. There are several versions of the origin of the name:

  • One tells of a man called Wil living in a house and known to be lazy; in Welsh, "house" would be , his name Wil and finally, "lazy" would be diog, which would combine to make Tywilddiog.
  • Another tells of a priest riding his horse (Weiliog) over the sea from Ireland to Porth Towyn beach, and upon arrival the horse left a hoofprint on a stone; after that the priest calls out at the horse: "Tyrd Weiliog" ("Come Weiliog").
  • And finally, the third version, and probably the most credible, is that Tudweilog is named after Saint Tudwal who lived in the area at Saint Tudwal's Islands.[6]

Places to stay[edit]

Tourism also plays an important role in the village economy during the summer.

There are numerous campsites in and around Tudweiliog and a caravan site.[7] There are also a handful of cottages for rent and B&Bs available to stay at. The local public house[8] also provides a bed-and-breakfast service.

Amenities & attractions[edit]

The village has a post office (which also functions as a village store), village hall, public house (the Lion Hotel,[8] the largest building in the village), smithy, parish church, Nonconformist chapel and a primary school, which celebrated its centenary in 2007.

Gwesty'r Llew Lion Hotel

The community has many attractions, including Coetan Arthur,[9] a (burial chamber) on Mynydd Cefnamwlch; Bronze Age remains at the summit of Carn Fadryn; the sandy beaches of Tywyn and Penllech; and the historically important ports of Porth Ysgaden and Porth Colmon at Llangwnnadl, and Porth Gwylan, which is managed by the National Trust.

The Burial Chamber at Cefnamwlch (Coetan Arthur)


A local bus service (provided by Nefyn Coaches) provides a connection every one and two hours (7am, 8am and 9am for 1 hour buses, and every 2 hours from 9am onwards) between Tudweiliog and Pwllheli, the nearest market town, approximately 10 miles (16 km) away. The bus stops at other villages on the way, including Nefyn,[10] Dinas,[10] Trefor[10] and Pencaenewydd, depending on which bus is taken.

The B4417 goes through the village the road and joining side-roads give access to nearby villages such as Morfa Nefyn and Nefyn, only a 7- and 10-minutes drive away respectively. The B4413 also provides a connection to Botwnnog, which houses the nearest high school (Ysgol Botwnnog) amongst other amenities. The B4413 also links up to the A499 which provides the connection to Pwllheli, where the nearest railway station is situated, along with many other larger stores. Botwnnog is approximately 11 minutes away, whilst Pwllheli is 20 minutes away when taking the route via the A497.


  1. ^ "Enwau Cymru - Chwilio". E-gymraeg.com. Retrieved 25 September 2013.
  2. ^ Cymuned Tudweiliog Community website
  3. ^ "Tudweiliog Information on Llyn.info - Gwybodaeth Tudweiliog ar". Llyn.info. Retrieved 25 September 2013.
  4. ^ "Community/Ward population 2011". Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  5. ^ https://www.nomisweb.co.uk/reports/localarea?compare=W04000101
  6. ^ "Place Names". Llyn.info. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Tudweiliog Campsites and Caravan Sites". Ukcampsite.co.uk. Retrieved 25 September 2013.
  8. ^ a b "A family pub in Tudweiliog, Gwynedd". Lion Hotel. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  9. ^ "(1689) CHAMBERED TOMB". Cymdeithas Archaeoleg a Hanes Llŷn. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  10. ^ a b c "Local bus service timetables | Local bus service timetables | Gwynedd Council". Gwynedd.gov.uk. 22 January 2013. Archived from the original on 27 September 2013. Retrieved 25 September 2013.

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