Plas Caerdeon Outdoor Education Centre Wales

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Plas Caedeon Outdoor Education Centre Bontddu, Barmouth, LL42 1TH

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11 to 13 years, 14 to 16 years, College, University

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

Listed under: Accommodation & Residential | Outdoor Residential Centres

What we offer

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 and 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.

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.?

Accreditation and Awards

AALA Licensed

Group Sizes Catered For

Up to 80

Risk Assessment Details

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.

Pricing Information

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.

First Aid Information

All instructional staff are qualified first aiders. First aid facilities are available on site.

Available Facilities

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.

Accessibility & 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.

Opening Hours & Information

Open seven days a week all year, excluding the period from 23rd December to 2nd January.

Room Sizes and 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.

Booking information

Adrian Roberts, Head of Centre
01341 430276

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