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Address: Rhosgadfan, Caernarfon LL54 7EY, Wales
Phone Number: +44 1286 831715
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At first sight the Grade II listed quarryman's cottage appears unremarkable...

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

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Cae"r Gor

It was lovely to see these cottages so much like northern Ireland I loved them it made me fill really closer to home

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 October 2016
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

It was lovely to see these cottages so much like northern Ireland I loved them it made me fill really closer to home

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2015 via mobile

A great day out was had by all.Informative staff and a great insight into the life of a great author.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2014

This is a fantastic little place of the Welsh author, Kate Roberts. There's a DVD that you can watch first of all and then there is a small exhibition, where the cattle shed used to be. The house has be reconstructed by CADW and decorated for the time Kate Roberts would have lived there. It is certainly has a great... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 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.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 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... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 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.

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