Yr Ysgwrn
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Yr Ysgwrn is a traditional Welsh farmhouse and Grade II* listed building, dating from the 1830s, which came to international recognition in 1917, as the home of the poet Ellis Humphrey Evans, better known by his bardic name, Hedd Wyn ('Blessed Peace'). On March 1st, 2012, Snowdonia National Park Authority and its partners announced that they had secured Yr Ysgwrn for the nation.
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maggie1966
Barry, UK1,238 contributions
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Sept 2020 • Couples
Home of Hedd Wyn - the bard name given to Ellis Evans.
His fame is that of being given the Eisteddfod chair in the weeks after his death on the fields in Belgium in 1917.
Entry currently has to be booked - best by email.
Beautiful setting overlooking valley.
Spotlessly clean with hand sanitiser at each entry points and 1 way traffic.
Great films in Welsh with English subtitles telling his story.
Can get drinks etc and small gift shop.
Hedd Wyn house itself is a great and how it was 100yrs ago when he was alive and living there.
Can see all 5 bard chairs especially his famous "Black" chair
Staff friendly and informative
Written September 25, 2020
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Siw J
Lampeter, UK4 contributions
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Aug 2021
Ymweliad hynod ddiddorol a chofiadwy. Diolch yn fawr i'r staff a'r gwirfoddolwyr am eu gwaith ardderchog ac am y derbyniad gwresog. Diolch yn arbennig i Glain, ein tywysydd ifanc, am gyfoethogi'r profiad drwy rannu ei gwybodaeth eang mor fedrus.

A highly interesting and memorable visit. Such a unique place of great historical significance.
Written August 13, 2021
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Margaret A
Braga District, Portugal60 contributions
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Sept 2021
We visited today and were absolutely delighted with all aspects of the experience. The ladies in the visitors’ centre were friendly and welcoming and , because my husband currently has difficulty walking, allowed us to drive up to the farmhouse . Had they not suggested this, he would have not been able to go to the farmhouse. The house itself is fascinating and our guide was fantastic. She was friendly and informative and clearly held Hedd Wyn , his story and his family in high regard. After our visit we enjoyed coffee and cake at the visitors’ centre . We really enjoyed our visit not only because of the historic and cultural significance of the farmhouse but also because it is run by such nice people.
Written September 15, 2021
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BUSTYBIRD
Wales128 contributions
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Jul 2017 • Couples
We visited Yr Ysgwrn on July 31st, 2017, exactly one hundred years to the day Hedd Wyn - who was born here - was killed in the First World War. It was quite a day, not only because of the date but because the last time we visited - about 10 years ago - the house was still a home, and farmer Gerald Williams, Hedd Wyn's nephew, would kindly step off his tractor or halt his shearing in order to show visitors around his family home, totally un-sponsored by any public body, and totally from the great love he had in his heart for the great poet, Hedd Wyn. I remember that we gave him money to repair some cracks in the slate roof, but, surely, it just wasn't enough. Something had to be done.

The property has now been taken over by the Snowdonia National Park Authority, and many alterations have been made, thus ensuring that Yr Ysgwrn remains a place of sanctuary, contemplation, and simple gratitude for most of the Welsh-speaking population. It was great to see the wonderful chair won by Hedd Wyn in 1917 after his death - Cadair Ddu Birkenhead - restored to its former glory, and the other five chairs also won by him placed in a respectful setting. All good, all well, all happy.

Except...

On the day we were there, there were quite a few young children running around, quite possibly brought along by well-meaning parents, and it totally broke my heart to see chocolate-stained fingers (or maybe worse?) muddying the page of the family Bible upon which all the children and parents had signed their names and noted their birth dates. PLEASE - if you do nothing else here - I urge the Snowdonia National Park Authority to AT LEAST place a perspex cover on this Bible, or simply to take it away for safekeeping and place a replica here, so that the original, bearing Hedd Wyn's signature and date of birth can be safely stored and treasured for generations to come.

If you are reading this, and think of me simply as a silly fuddy-duddy who is out to spoil childrens' fun-time, then so be it. However, if you think that ensuring future generations of children can both see and enjoy the original Bible in all its glory and historical significance, then please join me in requesting that the new custodians respect the artefacts of the past enough to ensure that they are both clearly visible and lovingly cherished for the visitors of the future.
Written August 4, 2017
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Many thanks for your review and for your kind words - we're very pleased that you enjoyed your visit to Yr Ysgwrn. Please rest assured that the Bible on the kitchen table isn't the original family Bible. The family tree is a facsimile copy of the original, which is safely kept in a box on the dresser in the kitchen. Even though we want visitors to engage with the heritage and objects, we will more care in future that chocolatey fingers are kept away from the copy to avoid deterioration. We hope that you will be able to visit us again in future.
Written September 11, 2017
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Dieithryn
Bangor, UK595 contributions
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Aug 2016 • Family
Yr Ysgwrn is the birthplace of Ellis Evans, better known by his Bardic name Hedd Wyn, a Christian pacifist killed in action at the age of 30 on Pilkem Ridge, Ypres on 31 July 1917 during the battle of Passchendale. A few weeks later it was announced he had won the National Eisteddfod Chair for his strict meter poem Yr Arwr. The chair was draped in a black cloth. His death symbolises the futility of war and the destruction of a generation of Welsh talent caused by the Imperial Government.
His best known work begins, "Gwae fi fy myw mewn oes mor ddreng a Duw ar drai ar orwel pell..." (Alas that I should live in such dark times and God receding on a far horizon...) It ends with the lines "Mae'r hen delynau genid gynt ynghrog ar gangau'r helyg draw a gwaedd y bechgyn lond y gwynt a'u gwaed yn gymysg efo'r glaw." (The old harps that once were played now hang from yonder willow boughs, the cries of young men fill the wind, their blood mixed together with the mud.") This is a fitting memorial to one of Wales's heros who wanted peace not war. See his black chair and remember what happened here 100 years ago and is happening still.
Written September 28, 2016
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S1L2M3
Corwen, UK48 contributions
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Jul 2015 • Friends
We went here as part of our Welsh lessons to learn about the history of Hedd Wyn and how the family lived. I found it fascinating, we were told about the family by a family member who really brought the stories alive, a real character and great story teller. I would love to return. I hope that the new visitor centre doesn't take away the charm.
Written October 20, 2015
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Diolch yn fawr - many thanks! Yr Ysgwrn has now re-opened to the public. We hope that you will be able to visit us soon.
Written September 11, 2017
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32marmar
Chester, UK18 contributions
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Nov 2018 • Couples
We diverted on a day visit to north west wales to visit this venue as a homage to a brave young man who gave his life in WW1 in the week of the anniversary of 100 years since the War ended ..... only to find it closed during the week in November and only open on a Saturday. Despite the recent publicity and acclaim given to Hedd Wyn (Ellis Evans) someone made a decision not to be open this week leading up to 11/11/18.
Whilst we were in the car park two other vehicles came and their owners appeared equally disappointed.
We understand that weekday winter opening may not be generally viable but to cease weekday opening last week (October) and ignore the period around 11/11/18 is quite extraordinary.
Written November 7, 2018
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Thank you for your review, we apologise that you were left disappointed by our opening hours. Although we are only open one day a week during the winter, Yr Ysgwrn serves as a quiet remembrance site for the generations lost during the First World War for the rest of the year and we remember them daily and not only on Remembrance Sunday. We always emphasise that people should contact ahead of time to avoid disappointment since we have limited spaces on different time slots to the farmhouse to make visitors' experience a comfortable one and to have a feel of what Hedd Wyn, and many more like him, left as sacrifice during the War. Yr Ysgwrn is a very poignant site and we hope that you will get the chance to visit in the future.
Written November 14, 2018
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BwydNeisNeis
Caernarfon, UK33 contributions
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Aug 2018 • Family
A visit to ‘Yr Ysgwrn’ is a must for anyone who is interested in Welsh, British or European History. More than any other story (that I am aware of) the story of Hedd Wyn and ‘Y Gadair Ddu’ completely encapsulates the futility of the First World War.

Whilst a visit to the Menin Gate, symbolises the extent of the loss and carnage, visiting ‘Yr Ysgwrn’ enables us all, a century later to experience the human cost of the war in an intimate setting.

Whether we are British, French, German, Belgian, Austrian etc, we more than likely have a relative who died in the war, or who experienced the horrors. Visting ‘Yr Ysgwrn’ is like a pilgrimage in memory of all those young men who needlessly died.

Make sure you have a guided tour as it makes the whole experience come alive.
Written August 4, 2018
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Thank you for your review, we are so glad that the messages we try to convey are coming across. Hedd Wyn is a symbol of a generation of young men who lost their lives from both sides. We are thrilled that you enjoyed the visit.
Written October 4, 2018
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Shan J
Lampeter, UK694 contributions
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Aug 2017 • Couples
We visited on our way home from the Eisteddfod. We'd phoned beforehand to book a time slot for the house tour - which was fortunate as it was very busy on that day. There's a free car park, and it's about half a mile's drive from the main road, opposite the village of Trawsfynydd. There's a lovely cafe there and an exhibition. You buy your ticket there and walk up hill to the house ready for your timed slot tour of the house. The tour guides were excellent. Our group was split in 3 and started in different rooms in the house, with the tour guide staying in the same room and us moving on. It worked well. The guides were knowledgeable and enthusiastic - and answered all our questions. You need at least 2 hours to just tour the house and see the video there. Allow yourselves extra time for a paned and to enjoy the walks as well. Highly recommended.
Written September 2, 2017
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Diolch yn fawr am eich geiriau caredig - rydym yn hynod o falch eich bod wedi mwynhau eich ymweliad. Brysiwch draw eto. Many thanks for your kind words - we're so pleased that you enjoyed your visit. Do call again.
Written September 11, 2017
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Bill B
Warrington, UK38 contributions
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Aug 2017 • Couples
We visited this wonderful site last week. Ok, we are English and the predominant language is Welsh, but this is Welsh History. Our tour was half English half Welsh, but we were outnumbered. This may keep a lot of English speakers away. What a shame. You will miss so much. It is a super place, very moving. What a waste of a brilliant young poet. Buy his works, even translated as I did. His descriptions of life and scenery of the area and life in the war are brilliant. We loved it.
Written August 31, 2017
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Many thanks for your review and for your kind words. The Welsh language is an intrinsic part of the heritage of Yr Ysgwrn and we offer a fully bilingual service to ensure that everyone is able to access the history and made to feel welcome. We're very pleased that you enjoyed your visit and hope that you will be able to re-visit Yr Ysgwrn in future.
Written September 11, 2017
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