Mary Jones Pilgrim Centre

Llanycil, Bala, Gwynedd, LL23 7YF

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In 1800, a 15 year-old girl called Mary Jones walked 26 miles from Llanfihangel-y-Pennant to Bala to buy a book. The centre is a state of the art visitor and education centre that tells the story of Mary Jones and Thomas Charles, and the impact of world’s bestselling book – on Wales and the world. Step back in time, follow Mary's journey, and explore what happened next through multi-media and interactive displays, exhibits and activities in our redeveloped Grade 2-listed building. See Thomas Charles’ ink well and pay a visit to his grave.

Set on the edge of Lake Bala, with a picnic area, facilities and children’s playground.


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  • Public transport nearby
  • Bus stop nearby
  • Group discounts
  • Children’s facilities
  • Groups welcome