Royal Medieval Deer Park now open to Snowdonia and North Wales cottages visitors
Wales Holidays visitors to Beddgelert and Pwllheli in Snowdonia and the Lleyn Peninsula can now visit an ancient deer park, which it is believed medieval princes used for hunting. The Brynkir estate at Dolbenmaen on the north-west boundary of Snowdonia National Park was discovered by archaeologists last year and is thought to date to the reign of Prince Llywelyn the Great back in the 13th century. The possibility of the site having been a deer park came to light with the oval shape of the enclosure and evidence of banks and ditches in the area. Historians on the project believe that Llywellyn may well have used the park for entertaining foreign dignitaries and for forging alliances.
What remains of the park is covered in dense undergrowth and ruins but the public are now able to see the result of the excavations close up. Researchers from Cardiff University undertook the dig last year and experts and students will be returning to carry out more examinations. They hope further exploration of the derelict manor house, Plas Brynkir, will revel more information on the area’s history.