vibrancy of the welsh language

The vibrancy of Welsh is most obvious in Eryri as it continues to be the choice of language in many social and professional environments. It is evident in local place names, the wildlife and history therein and is therefore intrinsic to the uniqueness of our cultural and natural heritage.

Snowdonia is in the ancient Kingdom of Gwynedd and is a strong hold of ‘Cymraeg’ Eryri means “upland” or “high place”.

Welsh is one of the oldest living languages in Europe. Breton and Cornish are closely related, with Irish, Scottish Gaelic and Manx originating from the same source. It is an indigenous language of the British Isles, that has had to compete with Latin, Norman-French and English. Although having declined at moments in our history, Welsh has survived, often against all the odds, and now has protected status via Welsh Government legislation. There is a growing awareness of the benefits of a ‘bilingual brain’ with a wider recognition that Welsh lies at the heart of what makes Wales and Snowdonia unique and that it is a priceless asset to be nurtured for the whole of the nation.

The Welsh language, the language of legendary leaders such as Llywelyn the Great and Owain Glyndwr, has been, and continues to be, an integral part of our identity and is at the heart of everyday family life. Welsh language and culture has continued to evolve and is now an integral part of a new, inclusive, vibrant and contemporary culture, being spurred on by the arts and music, food and drink festivals, and especially by younger generations embracing the benefits of working and socialising multi-lingually.

History and culture is everywhere in Snowdonia and Welsh is spoken by 58% of our population with a percentage as high as 85% in some communities.

If you’re a visitor to the area you’re sure to see, hear and also get the opportunity to use the Welsh language.


Welsh is a native language of the British Isles and arguably the oldest LIVING language in Europe.

  • Welsh is recognised by UNESCO as an Indigenous language.
  • Welsh is spoken and taught in parts of Patagonia, Argentina.
  • Schools in Gwynedd and Conwy prepare children to live in a fully bilingual society.
  • In Henry VIII’s Act of Union in 1536, Wales was legally incorporated into England, with English as its sole official language.
  • The Welsh Language Act of 1967 gave people the right to present evidence in Welsh in Wales’ Courts and to have official forms in Welsh for the first time.