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The National Outdoor Centre. Get started in the outdoors | Develop your adventure skills | Learn to coach and lead others. Our expert team are here for you. life-changing experiences for all abilities and aspirations. Real adventure in the heart of Snowdonia
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AlShepherd wrote a review Aug 2020
Horsham, United Kingdom64 contributions59 helpful votes
We first visited Plas Y Brenin for a coffee in 2019 and vowed we would return for activities Today was the day for rock climbing and kayaking. Brilliant day, with James our guide making the most of the sunshine for climbing this morning and evading bad weather this afternoon for fun kayaking for relative novices. The facilities were excellent and nature was at the heart of our experience. Nothing was too much trouble, there was a sense of fun, but safety (especially in these Covid times) was paramount, without being over the top. When there was thunder and lighting we left the lake promptly and were given complimentary tea and biscuits in the dry. When the weather improved we were out for more fun. There were tips for improvement and technique with the climbing and kayaking, but also positivity, celebrating what my wife and children did well. James was excellent, but the rest of the team were superb and friendly as well. Well worth the visit and Plas Y Brenin is highly recommended.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from OwenSenior, Manager at Plas y Brenin
Responded Feb 3, 2021
Thanks Al - that's really kind. We're really glad you had such a good time, come back and see us again soon.
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jonny 5 stars wrote a review Feb 2020
Nantwich, United Kingdom8 contributions4 helpful votes
Hi, did the mountain winter skills course last week. just wanted to drop a quick note of thanks to everyone at PyB for a superb week. From my initial booking with Sonja who was super efficient, to checking into a really lovely room, the restaurant and bar staff (particularly the lady with auburn hair who seemed to be everywhere, she is a real credit!!), superb, tasty and very filling food, plus a lovely pint of well earned Guinness. Last but not least to Dave Evans, Adam, Rusty (not Dusty!!), and Paul for all their help, support and encouragement throughout the week. I realised early on that i was a bit out of my depth, having recently had pneumonia and a broken ankle, but the guys made sure that i thoroughly enjoyed the course and learnt an incredible amount, i just hope i didn't slow them down too much!?! Will definitely be booking another course, just trying to decide which one ; )) Many many thanks again.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from OwenSenior, Manager at Plas y Brenin
Responded Feb 3, 2021
Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review John - it's really appreciated. We're chuffed you had such a good experience. Our staff are amazing humans, we're very lucky to have such good people.
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Karen J wrote a review Dec 2019
Farnborough, United Kingdom38 contributions14 helpful votes
Visited many times and each time for the Christmas Walk. Good facilities, rooms warm and clean. Very friendly staff who are all lovers of the outdoors and take an interest in what you are doing or want. Well stocked bar and good variety of choice, excellent food. Courses are varied there is something for everyone. Excellent leaders of each group, superb local knowledge and interest in the wildlife.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from OwenSenior, Manager at Plas y Brenin
Responded Feb 3, 2021
Thanks Karen - nice work! What a kind review. Really happy you had such a good time. Come back and see us again soon.
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peter B wrote a review Oct 2019
5 contributions10 helpful votes
Very convenient location for Snowdonia. Comfortable bedroom, warm (7-11 Oct), compact, Wholesome food from buffet. Friendly staff, but short in numbers, so we were told our room would not be ready until 6pm, but on checking it was actually available when we wanted it (4pm?). We asked for table tennis for our group but were told that the table was broken(true or could they not be bothered?)
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from OwenSenior, Manager at Plas y Brenin
Responded Feb 3, 2021
Thanks Peter. Reviews make a real difference to us - thanks for taking the time. Sorry you couldn't play table tennis. Come and see us again soon.
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Morts L wrote a review Oct 2019
Oxford, United Kingdom117 contributions63 helpful votes
I often stay here whenever I want to explore Snowdonia (I also did my ML training here some years back) Firstly this is a world class location for anything mountain or water related. Their courses are rather unique and I can only say that I’m pleased with every member of staff I’ve ever met here. Only reason why I don’t score it five stars is the poor quality of the bed/mattress: if you are over 14st you are guaranteed to wake up with springs imprinted on your spine. Simply boot good enough at £70/night Everything else here, is top notch so fairly unhappy to not score it five stars :-( Anyhow, I’ll be back soon anyway as I love this place
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from OwenSenior, Manager at Plas y Brenin
Responded Feb 3, 2021
Thanks for the review. We're very, very lucky to be in such an incredible location. Our staff are amazing - such a good team of great humans. Sorry your mattress wasn't up to standard, we're always trying to make our accommodation and facilities better, looks like we didn't do a good enough job this time around. Great feedback - thankyou. Come and see us again soon.
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