The campsite has continually thrived since it's inception in 1906 by Hen Nain ('Great Grandmother' in Welsh) Jane Williams. Her hard work, ingenuity, and resourcefulness earned her renown in our community and she's a huge inspiration for all of us here at Gwern Gof Isaf.
Over the years many a camper, traveller, and intrepid explorer have visited our beloved site. One famous guest was Brigadier Sir Henry Cecil John Hunt in 1952. He used Gwern Gof Isaf as his base camp whilst training for the successful British Expedition he led to Mount Everest the very next year.
Gwern Gof Isaf has also played host to many a Hollywood film crew who fell in love with our stunning landscape and decided to shoot here in Eryri. Some titles you might find familiar are The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1956), Judge Dredd (1995), Merlin (1998), Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of (2003), Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011), King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017), Cursed (2020), Willow (2022) , and most recently the HBO series House of the Dragon (2023) just to name a few.
Today we are actively involved with the National Park and the National Trust to re-establish lost habitat. Long term projects are underway to plant wildlife corridors to help battle the decline of native species. Refurbishment of our facilities will make the campsite more environmentally friendly in our effort to help to make tourism to Eryri more sustainable.
We love hearing from guests that Gwern Gof Isaf holds a special corner in their hearts and we are committed to providing a safe, affordable, beautiful place to make cherished memories, encounter our ravishing, native Welsh landscape, and to contemplate and cultivate a deeper understanding of ourselves and each other. The Williams family is honoured to share our vibrant past with each and every visitor and to forge ahead with you into a bright and hopeful future.