Artists and exhibitions at Porth y Swnt

Nestled in the heart of Aberdaron, Porth y Swnt is a visitor centre like no other. It offers an introduction to the history and culture of Llŷn through audio, videos, sculptures and artwork.

Situated on the edge of Wales in the postcard fishing village of Aberdaron, Porth y Swnt is a gateway for discovering Llŷn - 30 miles of a dramatic, windswept and inspiring peninsula extending into the Irish Sea.

The name Porth y Swnt translates as gateway to the sound, which describes the centre as a doorway to discovering and exploring the surrounding area.

The creation of local architect Huw Meredydd Owen, Porth y Swnt's aim is to encourage people to see Llŷn in a new light through the ground-breaking interpretation which encourages people to rediscover the vast beauty of the Llŷn peninsula.

Go on a journey …

Immerse yourself in The Deep, an atmospheric under the sea experience. Get up close and personal with the farmer, the fisherman and the pilgrim as you weave your way around the wooden figures skilfully crafted by Dominic Clare. Get to know our resident seal and watch as she plays in the soft waves in our sound and light animation by Sean Harris and Jim Brook.

Take a journey through The Deep
The Deep at Porth y Swnt, Aberdaron
Take a journey through The Deep

Wind your way up to The Way, where man’s interaction with the land comes to life with natural materials. Pandora Vaughan’s colourful textile artwork illustrates how land has been used differently over time. Woven on-site by basket maker Lee Dalby; the willow pod is a great spot to take a seat and join Colin the fisherman on a trip to Bardsey Island.

Emerge in The Light, the highest point of your pilgrimage. Marvel at the light and colours refracted through the optic from Binita Walia’s glass installation. Learn how this historic piece of Bardsey Island lighthouse came to be here.

Marvell at Bardsey Island’s optic
Bardsey Island's optic at Porth y Swnt, Aberdaron
Marvell at Bardsey Island’s optic

Don’t forget to get your hands wet in The Swnt. The installation created by Hellicar and Lewis draws on the exact time of day, season of the year, weather and tidal level of the sea in Aberdaron. Creating an ever changing well of light and sound that visitors can interact with by using their hands.

Work your way down into The Fold and garden, an outdoor area to reflect on your journey and decide where to go next. Make a memory by creating your own poetry in the Sea of Words before heading out to explore the rest of this fascinating part of Wales.