Capel Curig (Welsh: Curig's chapel) is a village in Conwy county borough, in North Wales. It lies in the heart of Snowdonia, on the River Llugwy. It is at the junction of the A5 road from Bangor and Bethesda to Betws-y-Coed with the A4086 road from Caernarfon, Llanberis, Pen-y-Pass and Pen-y-Gwryd.
Capel Curig is recorded as being as the wettest place in Wales , although the weather station is in Dyffryn Mymbyr, a couple of miles out of the village, in the direction of Snowdon.
Capel Curig takes its name from the little Saint Julitta's Church in the ancient graveyard by the river bridge on the Llanberis road. This confusingly has been known for over 100 years as St. Julitta's Church and is currently being restored by the "Friends of Saint Julitta". Tradition claims this chapel to be the 6th century foundation of St. Curig, a Celtic bishop. Centuries later, probably when the present ancient church was built, the name appears to have been Latinised as Cyricus, which is the name of a 4th century child martyr whose mother was Julitta. They are usually named together as Saints Quiricus and Julietta.
Capel Curig was home to one of the finest examples of a self-taught botanist
, certainly in the UK, if not wider - Evan Roberts
. Evan Roberts lived at Gelli in Capel Curig where he lived and would explore all of Snowdonia, and in doing so compiled an unparalleled knowledge of the plant life in North Wales. Although he spent the first 40 years of his life as a quarry worker, he went on to become the colleague of academics. He was awarded the honorary degree
of the University of Wales
, in 1956, at the same ceremony as the architect Frank Lloyd Wright
, and his portrait was painted by Kyffin Williams
Approximately one kilometre beyond Pont Cyfyng, towards the south east end of Capel Curig, on the farm of Bryn-y-Gefeiliau there are the remains of a Roman
fort (c90-100AD) and named Caer Llugwy
by its excavators
In 1920 excavations undertaken by J.P. Hall and Captain G.H. Hodgson revealed a roughly square Roman fort
of approximately . Some stone buildings were uncovered and traced.
The village is a popular centre for walking
, mountain biking
and other outdoor pursuits and is served by the Sherpa
bus network. It is also home to a youth hostel
training camp, a camp site
, several cafes and hotels and outdoor activity gear shops.
Also located in Capel Curig is the UK National Mountain Centre at Plas y Brenin, which offers the highest quality mountaineering, climbing, canoeing facilities and training. One mile east of the village on the A5 is Ty Hyll, home of the Snowdonia Society