Region: Wales

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Accommodation & Residential Trips

Address: Plas Caedeon Outdoor Education Centre, Bontddu, Barmouth, Wales LL42 1TH

Contact: 01341 430276



Plas Caerdeon provides fantastic outdoor education, environmental studies and developmental programmes for schools, colleges and universities.

Located between the Rhinog Mountains in southern Snowdonia and the Mawddach Estuary, we are ideally placed to access some of the best outdoor study and adventure sites in Wales. There’s high quality climbing, walking, scrambling, mountain biking and canoeing on our doorstep. We also offer a number of activities on site, and the native oak woodland in our extensive grounds is also used for field studies.

Plas Caerdeon is a large manor house set in its own grounds, with a southerly aspect looking across the stunning Mawddach Estuary to Cadair Idris. The house was built in 1850, and notable visitors include the Wedgwood family and Charles Darwin. The Darwin family spent seven weeks in Plas Caerdeon in 1869 whilst Charles Darwin was making changes and additions to the fifth edition of On the Origin of Species.

We also have a number of rooms in our converted stables annex adjacent to the manor house.

Plas Caerdeon is operated by Liverpool Hope University as an outdoor education and environmental studies centre, catering for both students from the university and a wide range of other educational, community, social and sporting groups.

Our quiet location, facilities and extensive grounds, also make the centre ideal for training courses, conferences and retreats.

Activities we offer include:
Abseiling, Archery, Beach Exploration, Bush-Craft, Canoeing, Expeditions, Hill & Mountain Walking, Kayaking, Low Ropes, Mountain Biking, Mountain Skills, Orienteering, Rock Climbing, Sea Kayaking, Team Building Exercises, Zip Wire, Environmental Studies and Physical Education Adventurous Activities.

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Do you have the LOtC Quality Badge or any accreditation such as Tourist Board, or AALA.
AALA Licensed

What group sizes do you cater for?
Up to 80

Please give information regarding room sizes and room facilities?
We have 15 rooms in the main house, accommodating between two and eight people per room, with a mix of single and bunk beds. Four of the rooms are en-suite.

The cottages / stables annex adjacent to the manor house has a total of 19 beds across eight rooms, including three en-suites. Three of the annex rooms have emergency pull cords and one is accessible to guests using a wheelchair and has an en-suite wet room.

We have four communal rooms on the ground floor of the manor house plus a large basement, separate classroom, drying room, full catering kitchen and outdoor seating areas.
The centre has IT facilities and wifi.

What is the cost of the accommodation?
Five day fully catered outdoor education residential - £242 off peak, £252 peak
Weekend fully catered outdoor education residential course from £125 off peak, £140 peak.
One free staff place per 10 children.
Self-programmed courses (catered accommodation only) from £38 per person per night.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?
Contact the centre for bookings. All activities are fully risk assessed and delivered by highly experienced and qualified staff according to written standard operating procedures. Risk assessments can be provided by the centre.
The centre complies with / exceeds all current health and safety legislation. Fire alarm checks and practice evacuations are performed with all groups.

Does your Accommodation have a booking contact?
Adrian Roberts, Head of Centre
01341 430276

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?
All instructional staff are qualified first aiders. First aid facilities are available on site.

Please list facilities available.
Full catering kitchen with five star food hygiene standard rating.
Large dining room, two additional communal rooms, games room with pool table, basement communal room, external classroom seating 50+, drying room, external seating areas.
IT facilities, wifi.
Extensive wooded grounds, games field, terraced garden overlooking estuary.

What are your disabled facilities?
The main centre has all the communal facilities on the ground floor, flat access and disabled toilets.
Three of the annex rooms have emergency pull cords and one is accessible to guests using a wheelchair and has an en-suite wet room.

What are your opening days and hours?
Open seven days a week all year, excluding the period from 23rd December to 2nd January.

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?
Charles Darwin said of Plas Caerdeon; ‘Caerdeon, the house where we stayed, is built on the north shore of the beautiful Barmouth estuary, and is pleasantly placed in being close to wild hill country behind, as well as to the picturesque wooded “hummocks”, between the steeper hills and the river. We have a beautiful house with terraced garden, and a really magnificent view of Cader, right opposite.’

Age of Children / Pupils: 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December

Accommodation Type: Outdoor Residential Centres

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