Arete Outdoor Centre, Arete Outdoor Education Centre, Llanrug, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL55 4AP

Call Gareth Davies on 01286 672136


The Arete Outdoor Centre in Snowdonia National Park, offers excellent access to the stunning coastline, meandering rivers, awesome mountains and large lakes of North Wales and Anglesey. With comfortable, affordable, bunkhouse style accommodation and large kitchens for easy catering this is a great base for groups of friends or family. The area is passionate about its language, music and history and is rich with magnificent castles, steam railways, heritage and festivals, so there's plenty to do. The team are happy to help with advice on how best to spend your stay and a range of exciting outdoor activities are available through the centre's well qualified and experienced staff. Catering for over 100 people is available. Several social rooms allow space for down-time, the games room having pool and table tennis tables. Large storage for bikes, kayaks and surfboards and individual cloakrooms for outdoor kit. Car parking available and a large field for activities. Local eating out at Glyntwrog Inn is just 200m away.

This accommodation is featured on our map of Snowdonia and North Wales and here is its own website.


  • Beds & Rooms:

    100+ in 22 rooms split into three blocks of 20, 58 and 30+
  • Open:

    All year. All day.
  • Price per night:

    Catered from £30pp, self-catering from £15 pp. Sole use deals.
  • Booking:

    via email: or phone 01286 672136 or 07743336093
  • Directions:

    Sat navs use LL55 4AP. From A55 at jct 11 follow signs to Llanberis and then Llanrug. Turn left just before the Glyntwrog pub the Centre is 200m on your right. Pickups from Bangor station can be arranged or use taxi or local bus.
  • Public Transport:

    Train to Llanfairpwll or Bangor. Buses to Caernafon and local buses from Bangor and Caernarfon.
  • Walks:

    Long Distance Walkers AssociationLong Distance Walks

This accommodation allows dogs by arrangement, is near mountains, is in a National Park, is available only to groups and has a pub within walking distance. It is on the Re-opening for Summer 2020 page, the Slate Trail, the map of accommodation for school groups, the Wales Coast Path, the Lon Las Cymru and the Visit Britain COVID-19 Risk Assessment Good to Go scheme.


aMixed dormitories
bSingle sex dormitories
cPrivate rooms
&Family rooms
fSleeping bags required
gFully heated
mMeals available (with notice)
nBreakfast available (with notice)
oMeals available locally
kSelf catering facilities
iDrying room
pClothes washing facilities
sComputer with internet
uWithin 3 miles of NCN
2VisitWales Quality Assured
ZDogs by arrangement
wGroups Only


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News & Offers from Arete Outdoor Centre

Canolfan Awyr Agored Arete Methu aros i’ch croesawu yn ôl

July 8th 2020

The Arete Outdoor Centre Can’t wait to welcome you back.
Mae’n bleser gan Dîm Arete gyhoeddi ein bod yn cydymffurfio â’r ‘Safon Diwydiant Da i Fynd’ ar gyfer canllawiau rheoli heintiau COVID-19.
The Arete Team are delighted to announce that we conform to the ‘Good To Go Industry Standard’ for COVID-19 infection control guidelines.

It’s been a hard few months, but with lockdown slowly easing across Wales there’s a positive atmosphere at the Arete Outdoor Centre. With all the safety measures in place you’ll soon be able to enjoy all Wales has to offer. Outdoor activities are well suited to ensure social distancing and thankfully that is the Arete Outdoor Centre’s speciality. More than enough fun activities to take on for a well deserved post lock down treat.
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Families, contact the Arete Centre about summer escapes.

June 22nd 2020

Good News! The tourism industry has been told to prepare for reopening by the Welsh Government , with travel restrictions lifting from the 6th July and the proposal that self-contained accommodation, such as ours, will open from 13th July.

Find other accommodation re-opening here.


Snowdonia has the widest choice of outdoor activities available to schools in the UK

August 29th 2019

Arete Outdoor Centre is the perfect base for your school group. Activities from rock climbing to bushcraft, gorge walking to sea kayaking can all be organised.

Snowdonia has the widest choice of outdoor activities available in the UK and the Arete Outdoor Centre can you help your pupils try their hands at many of them.  From  rock climbing to bushcraft the qualified instructors at the Arete Centre can help your group take part in many land based activities in Snowdonia, including mountain walking,  abseiling, sea level traversing and mine and cave exploration.  The water based activities available make use of the nearby coast, the inland lakes and the many torrential streams.  These include  gorge walking and canyoning, coasteering, lake canoeing, sea kayaking, white water kayaking and surfing.

School trips at Arete Outdoor Centre

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