Mills Open in Wales 2017 North Wales

North Wales

Pant-yr-Ynn Mill, Bethania, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd,  LL41 3LZ.

It is the earliest surviving slate mill of Diffwys Quarry, which pioneered the great slate industry of Blaenau Ffestiniog. It became a woollen mill in 1881, and closed in 1964, when the machinery was scrapped. The 24 foot waterwheel was restored, and now houses an exhibition of relics and watercolour drawings by resident artist, Falcon Hildred.

Location – Grid reference – SH 709 454  –  Off A470 at Bethania , up a no through road towards slate tips, Mill is ¼ mile on right, beside waterfall.

National Mills Weekend opening –  Not open for 2016

Contact –  Falcon Hildred    01766 830540. Ring first to avoid disappointment.

Llynon Windmill, Llanddeusant, Holyhead, Anglesey, LL65 4AB

Built in 1775, in operation until storm damaged in 1918, but now restored as the  only working windmill in Wales, producing wholemeal flour from organic wheat.

Location –   Follow brown signs.

National Mills Weekend opening – Saturday and Sunday  10.30  – 16.30

Contact  –    01407 – 730407

National Slate  Museum, Llanberis,    LL55 4TY

A 50ft  waterwheel built in Caernarfon in 1870 which turns again, is part of the restored foundry and workshops complex, and quarrymens’ houses. |Slate  splitting demonstrations .

Café and shop .

Location –  Grid reference  SH 586 603 . Off A4086 at Llanberis . Follow signs to Llyn Padarn Country Park.

Opening times –  daily  10.00 – 16.00 (summer 17.00 )  except 25/26 December and 1 January.

National Mills Weekend –  Saturday and Sunday  10.00 – 17.00

Last admission – 1 hour before closing, but recommend at least 2 hours before closing.

Contact  – 01268-870630 or  0300-1112333

Trefriw Woollen Mills, Conwy Valley   LL27 ONQ

Originally the site of a water-powered fulling mill, or pandy, the present building dates from the 1960s. The machinery is powered by a Boving hydro-electic turbine dating from the 1940s. Traditional methods of production are used for Welsh bedspreads, tweeds and travelling rugs. Museum of carding engines, mules, etcLocation  In centre of Trefriw, on B5106 Betws-y-Coed to Conwy road, about 5 miles N of Betws-y-Coed.  Grid reference: SH 780 631

National Mills Weekend opening times –   Saturday & Sunday, 10.00-17.00    Shop and Turbine house.               Contact  –  Elaine Williams, tel. 01492 640462.

Felin-Rhyd-Hir, Efailnewydd, Pwllheli,  LL53 8TN 

Location – Grid reference: SH 345 358  On B4415, half a mile to W of Efailnewydd.

Felin-Rhyd-Hir is a two-story, stone built water-powered corn mill under a pitched slated roof. The composite overshot waterwheel remains in place on the north west gable wall end, and there are two pairs of millstones which we hope to be able to work in future.
The mill was supplied by a pond to the north of the mill, fed from the Afon Rhyd-Hir via a 1.7 km long leat which also captured the tailrace water from Melin Llannor.  The Priest family are currently undertaking a large restoration project to return the site to full working order.

National Mills Weekend opening times –   Not open for 2017
Contact  – Adrian & Carol Priest, tel. 07715 34105707715 341057

Email –  Web site

Felin Cochwillan, Tal-y-Bont, Bangor. LL57 3YB

Location -Grid reference:SH 601698 Turn off A55 at Penrhyn Castle into Tal-y-Bont village.

Built originally as fulling mill about 200 years ago, was converted later to a corn and oatmeal mill with four pairs of millstones, an oatmeal fan, grain cleaner, dressing machine and a drying kiln.In the process of being restored to working order.

Opening times 2017…Visitors welcome by appointment only. Contact: Cora and Howard Hutchinson, tel. 01248 362800

National Mills Weekend 2017 – Saturday and Sunday, 10.00-16.00. please note possible roadworks planned, please telephone for alternative directions.

Email –  Web site