Self-Contained Bed & Breakfast at The Old Workhouse, Bala

Welcome to the The Old Workhouse in Bala, Hopefully this Spring and summer we will again welcome guests, to enjoy the lakes, mountains and scenery in beautiful Snowdonia in North Wales.

Snowdonia tourism is springing back to life, after the bleak winter months of lockdown, and to comply with the requirements of the Welsh government our accommodation is ‘self contained’ – not self-catering – which means both bedrooms are en-suite and there are no areas where guests mingle.

We used to enjoy hosting breakfast in our kitchen, but I’m afraid changes have had to be made. Guests can still expect a big welcome from Ian and Georgina at the historic Old Workhouse B&B in Bala, Snowdonia.,, and below is our new sample menu.

I hope you’ll enjoy reading about us on this website, about the beautiful local area, and a little bit of the history of the old workhouse – one of the town’s most historic buildings. Some parts of the workhouse complex are still being renovated so there may be some minor disruption from time to time.

Then, maybe you will come and visit us to enjoy the fantastic countryside and activities available in and around Bala – mountains, walking, sailing, zip wires…the list is endless.

Snowdonia has eclipsed The Lake District as a major activity centre, and led to a Lonely Planet Guide listing as the fourth best place in the world to visit, the only place in the UK to feature in the rankings that year.

The workhouse bed and breakfast is located in Bala town centre and we offer a warm welcome in comfortable surroundings that belie the history of the building, which has a Grade 11* listing to emphasise its importance on the local and national scene. Less than six percent of listed buildings in England and Wales enjoy the same high grading.

The workhouse has two spacious letting bedrooms, on the top floor of the building, with panoramic views over the rooftops to the surrounding hillsides. Both rooms are modern in style, have en-suite bathrooms and vaulted ceilings. The B&B accommodation can be used either as a double-bedroom or a twin room with two single beds and both are charged at the same rate of £80.00, including breakfast.

Book both rooms together, which are suitable for a family up to four or a group of four friends, at a discount of 10 per cent on the normal room rate . Unfortunately the rooms are not suitable for children under the age of five.

After each guest visit rooms are deep cleaned and sanitised. Our risk assessment details are available on request.

Changes have been made to comply with social distancing, but the warmth of the welcome stays the same.

We spent over two years on the renovation of the building, trying hard to maintain its character, but at the same time bringing it up to date to offer a relaxed and friendly greeting in a comfortable setting. Like Ian and Georgina it’s a mix of ancient and modern.

The ground floor at the B&B retains its steel beams and slate-flagged floors, a relic from the industrial heritage of the building, but has been modernised with underfloor heating and new-fangled appliances like a gas stove – dishwasher and fridge even.

In these difficult times we have made some major changes to the way we operate, to comply with the new rules in Wales and for the foreseeable future we will be serving a substantial modern breakfast to guests in their room.

We are in the centre of bustling Bala with all it’s facilities. Yet Lyn Tegid – the largest natural lake in Wales – is only a five-minute stroll away and the mountains are all around us.

Welcome to Breakfast at

The Old Workhouse

Please tick your breakfast choices,

and let us know when you want breakfast, which is served between 8am and 9.30am



Orange juice

Freshly ground cafetiere of coffee

Pot of tea

Corn flakes or Berry Granola

Greek yoghourt with honey/or berry compote

Apple or banana

Cheese and pancetta lardons breakfast pastry.


Welsh cakes or Bara Brith

Home-made strawberry jam or marmalade

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