Canolfan Y Fron

Welcome to the village at the foot of ‘Elephant’ Mountain

The small village of Y Fron is located in the middle of a rugged upland common in Snowdonia, just 6 miles south of Caernarfon. The cuckoo visits every May, the skylarks sing the summer long, and sheep and cattle roam free. Originally founded by slate quarry workers Y Fron is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts and perfectly located for a Snowdonia holiday, being close to the mountains, the sea and the centres of Caernarfon, Porthmadog, Pwllheli and Bangor.

About Canolfan Y Fron


Building open 9:00 – 16:00 Monday to Friday

Cafe open every day 9:30 to 15:30
Shop open and staffed 09:00 to 10:30 and 15:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday and 09:00 to 17:00 Saturday and 13:00 to 17:00 on Sunday. Other times, if Canolfan open, ring the bell in the lobby

Canolfan Y Fron is our community owned and run centre, housed in the former village school, which dates from 1844. It hosts a variety of community and visitor events throughout the year in the three community rooms, has a cafe, an 18 bed Llety (deluxe visitor accommodation) a community shop, a treatment room, secure storage for outdoor equipment and four electric vehicle charging points. It is an ideal venue for almost any event.


Upcoming Events



Morning YOGA

09:30 at North Hall, Canolfan Y Fron



Thursday Evening Yoga

18:00 at North Hall, Canolfan Y Fron



Christmas Open Meeting

14:30 at Canolfan Y Fron



Community Christmas Dinner

12:30 at Canolfan Y Fron



Tea and Coffee Morning

11:30 at Caffi'r Eliffant



Morning YOGA

09:30 at North Hall, Canolfan Y Fron



Thursday Evening Yoga

18:00 at North Hall, Canolfan Y Fron



Tea and Coffee Morning

11:30 at Caffi'r Eliffant



Tea and Coffee Morning

11:30 at Caffi'r Eliffant

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    Llety Y Fron

    The new and unique visitor accommodation is suitable for groups of up to 18, or for individuals and families. The accommodation wing has 16 beds sleeping up to 18 guests in four stylish and comfortable en suite rooms, with a shared community area including a kitchen, changing rooms, secure outdoor equipment store and electric car charging points. Free Wi-Fi throughout. The whole Llety can be booked for groups by contacting us direct AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE as these bookings on busy weekends often go many months, or even years in advance. We are in the centre of a quiet rural village so we are not suitable for groups specifically seeking a wide variety of cafes, restaurants, pubs and hostelries. To enquire or book at the cheapest rate contact 01286 880882 or email

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    Caffi Yr Eliffant

    Taking its name from Mynydd Mawr, our ‘elephant’ mountain, the Caffi specialises in breakfasts, simple day fare, cakes, teas and coffees. The Caffi is an ideal stop for walkers on the North Wales Pilgrims Way or the Snowdonia Slate Trial or cyclists doing a climb to the village. Dogs on leads are welcome if they are well behaved. The views from the Caffi of the Nantlle Ridge across the valley are ever changing, and worth a visit any time of the year.


    Siop Fron - our local village shop

    Our community shop, the closest in 3 miles, caters for residents and visitors alike with a selection of basic groceries, dairy and eggs, fruit and vegetables, confectionery, drinks, newspapers, and solid fuel supplies. We also sell local produce and crafts, including cards and souvenirs of the area. The friendly staff are mostly local volunteers, who will give you a special welcome and do their very best to make sure you get what you’re looking for.

My Mountain

'Giant Mountain' when winter bites
And 'Heather Mountain' when summer delights
But to a visitor passing by,
It is just an elephant against the sky.

Mei Mac

Y Fron

In Snowdonia’s bosom nestles a village,
Far from the world’s turmoil and madness,
Might, strength and beauty surrounds An everlasting beauty.

E Williams
Former pupil at Ysgol Bronyfoel

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Canolfan Y Fron, Y Fron, Gwynedd, United Kingdom, LL54 7BB

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