Visitor Centre

Set within Snowdonia National Park, Coed y Brenin Forest Park is one of Natural Resources Wales’ premier recreation sites.

Along with its world famous mountain bike trails, Coed y Brenin has lots to offer visitors of all ages and abilities.

The Forest Café serves a wide range of home made food and drinks, from tea and cakes, to very locally sourced venison burgers – the deer live in the forest around the centre. The café uses Fairtrade ingredients where local options are not available and serves up excellent food to reward a day of walking or cycling in the forest.

VC page 2In addition to a gift and craft shop, the visitor centre has three play areas in close proximity, including a wild play space for den building and dam construction.

The Animal Puzzle Trail starts right next to the play area and is a rewarding way to encourage children out into the wider woods on an easy to follow, all ability & pushchair friendly path. There are also audio guides available for this walk, which tell the story of the forest wildlife and put local history in context. Please ask in the visitor centre for details.

Download the Animal Puzzle Trail guide (PDF) here 

Please be aware that a new camera number plate recognition system has been installed and is now in operation at Coed y Brenin Forest Park.


Parking at Coed y Brenin

There is a charge for parking at Coed y Brenin Forest Park.

NRW use the income from car parking charges to help look after the visitor centre and the walking, mountain biking trails in Coed y Brenin forest park.

What are the parking charges?

You are charged for the length of time you park.

You pay the parking charge when you are ready to leave.

The charges are:

Free for the first 20 minutes

£2 for 2 hours

40p for every additional 20 minutes

The maximum charge is £7 per day.

PLEASE NOTE – Overnight parking is NOT PERMITTED.

The nearest campsite can be found just up the road at Cae Gwyn Farm –  Tel: 01766 540245 ( 9 am – 8pm ) Mobile: 07908 277503 ( 9 am – 8pm )

How to pay the parking charge

The camera at the car park entrance reads your vehicle registration number when you arrive.

There is no need to buy a ticket after you have parked your vehicle.

When you are ready to leave, go to one of the pay stations in the car park or at the visitor centre entrance.

Enter your registration number at the pay station.

Pay the fee displayed by card or cash.


Free parking for local residents and Blue Badge holders

If you live within the LL40 or LL41 postcode or the neighbouring villages of Arthog, Cutiau, Cardeon, Corris and Tal-y-Llyn you do not have to pay for car parking at Coed y Brenin visitor centre.

Car parking is also free for Blue Badge holders.

Please note: you need to register for free parking by presenting your vehicle log book (V5 document) or Blue Badge at the visitor centre welcome desk.


Season tickets

Season tickets are available to purchase from the visitor centre reception.

Walking in Coed Y Brenin Forest

Coed Y Brenin also has a range of longer way-marked walks, running and orienteering trails, as well as a Geocache challenge.

Coed Y Brenin Walking guide (PDF)



Coed Y Brenin / Run Coed y Brenin host Wales’ premiere trail running event Trail Marathon Wales each June, but there are also two permanent way marked running trails in the forest.


Geocaching is a fun way to explore the outdoors. If you’ve never tried it before the beautiful Coed Y Brenin landscape is the perfect place to get started.




Conference and Meeting Rooms at Coed y Brenin.

Coed y Brenin conference centre is a unique and versatile space for your day, amid a relaxed and inspiring setting of 9,000 acres of woodland in the south of Snowdonia National Park, 7 miles North of Dolgellau.

Facilities can be provided for a range of business meetings, corporate event away days or for any social occasion. Cader Idris, the main Conference room, can accommodate facilities for up to 80 delegates. The main room can be divided into two rooms, with sufficient acoustic reduction to enable two smaller events to run concurrently.

To book contact: Phone 01341 440747