A view of the Mawddach Estuary on a clear spring day with woodland lining the shores.
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A place of nationally important cultural heritage

Factors such as language, tradition, and art play a significant part in shaping an area’s cultural identity and environment.

These things form Eryri’s cultural heritage—a heritage that is as valuable as the rocky peaks and diverse wildlife found in the National Park.

What is cultural heritage?

Heritage refers to things that are passed down from one generation to another. Industrial heritage refers to things that can be seen and touched, such as industrial remains or historical buildings.

But the things considered part of cultural heritage are intangible—things that can only be heard or experienced. These include traditions and societal customs, language and local accents, place names, folklore and art.

Cader Idris sign stands along Snowdonia National Park emblem
The Welsh language
The Welsh language is an integral part of Eryri's cultural heritage. The area is one of the language's strongholds, and it can be heard on a daily basis throughout the National Park's communities.
The Welsh language
Welsh language lake names carved into stone
Place Names
Eryri has a wealth of unique and interesting place names. These names can reveal a great deal about the cultural wealth of the National Park.
Place names
Statue of Gelert the hound at Beddgelert
Mythology and folklore
Some of Eryri's diverse landscapes and remote locations are featured in a range of folklore and mythology. These tales are an important part of the National Park's cultural heritage.
Discover Mythology and Folklore