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“Learn about one of the great writers of Wales”
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Cae'r Gors
Ranked #24 of 43 things to do in Caernarfon
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Owner description: At first sight the Grade II listed quarryman's cottage appears unremarkable - but there was nothing unremarkable about its most renowned occupant. It was in this 19th century smallholding in Rhosgadfan near Caernarfon that Welsh author Kate Roberts, born in 1891, lived from the ages 4 - 18. The daughter of a quarryman, she was raised in the heart of Caernarfonshire's slate-quarrying industry. She became one of the most outstanding Welsh-language authors of the 20th century, and the first woman to be recognised as a major and influential figure in the history of Welsh literature. Acknowledged as 'Brenhines ein Llen' ('The Queen of our Literature') she is known mainly for her short stories but she also wrote numerous novels. In 1965 Kate Roberts bought Cae'r Gors and presented it to the Welsh nation, but it wasn't until 2005 that sufficient funds were accumulated to restore the tyddyn (smallholding) to the way it would have been during her childhood. The cottage, garden and surrounding buildings are now a small museum and community centre celebrating her life. Cae'r Gors represents one of the most remarkable chapters in the industrial history of the UK, and as Wales bids for World Heritage status for the quarrying landscapes of north Wales, the centre could become key to showcasing this unique story
Reviewed April 6, 2014

This small museum gave us an excellent insight into the life of Kate Roberts. Very helpful staff shared their local knowledge and enthused us to find out more about this influential woman. Seeing her former home gave an idea of a long gone way of life. The video presentation in Welsh or English was informative and interesting.

1  Thank Carol S
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Reviewed September 10, 2012

This is a heritage centre for the famous Welsh author Kate Roberts which was her childhood home. Even if you have never heard of Kate Roberts this is worth a visit as it is an example of a quarrymans house/smallholding from the 18th Century. This is a typical house in Snowdonia from that period and there are exhibits here to explain the area as it was when the slate industry was active. An interesting place for any tourist.

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Reviewed September 6, 2012

Small museum in the village of Rhosgadfan. The home of Kate Roberts, local author. Remake of the house how it would have been in her years there. Very pleasant staff that make a nice cup of tea. Not expensive but off the beaten track, we found it by accident on a walk.

4  Thank TheBigdutchman
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