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Ex-quarry village transformed into £5m tourism hub

Ex-quarry village transformed into £5m tourism hub

Nant Gwrtheyrn

A former quarry village transformed into a Welsh language learning centre was officially re-opened after a £5m renovation yesterday.

Nant Gwrtheyrn, near Llithfaen, Gwynedd, has undergone three years of transformation into a unique tourism hub, with four-star accommodation, a new road, function room and displays.

The village - comprising 26 houses, mansion, shop, bakery, school and chapel - was built for workers at the nearby granite quarry of Porth y Nant in the 1860s.  But the village died when the quarry fell dormant and the last house was left empty in 1959.

Nant Gwrtheyrn Trust bought the village from the Hanson Group in the 1970s and it opened as a Welsh learners' centre in 1982.

Since then thousands have attended courses to learn Welsh there - including journalist Janet Street-Porter, actress Ruth Madoc and Visage's Steve Strange Nant Gwrtheyrn, which attracted 25,000 visitors last year, now employs 15 full-time staff.

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