A Saint and a Sinner

This is a tale of the workhouse involving a saint and a sinner. I’ve been researching a little more of the history of the building, and came across some interesting history after its uses changed from being a workhouse, and … Read More

The Meyrick Room

The Old Workshop Accommodation This room is named after John Meyrick, a workhouse resident with royal connections, who was distantly related to Edmund Meyrick, who founded Bala Grammar School. The Meyrick’s ruled Anglesey for centuries and are descendants of the … Read More

History Old Workhouse Bala

Short History of the Old Workhouse Bala The very mention of the Victorian workhouse conjures up dark visions of Britain’s Dickensian past – ragged children, and the hollowed out faces of the desperate poor who were forced to throw themselves … Read More

About Bala

A Little About Bala I’m always struck by the number of people I meet who know Bala, even though it’s a tiny place. What it lacks in size it more than makes up for in character. Many pass through on … Read More

The Poet’s Room

The Old Workshop Accommodation We have named this room after poet Dewi Havhesp – said to be one of the best composers of englynion, a tradition Welsh and Cornish form of short poem. A romantic character, but often destitute, Dewi was … Read More


Contacting The Old Workhouse in Bala The Old Workhouse in Bala offers comfortable accommodation with en-suite bedrooms in an important historic building which is grade 11* listed. Please note: bookings are for a minimum of two nights.


Bed & Breakfast at the Old Workhouse, Bala HOORAY, The Old Workhouse in Bala is open again from July 13, welcoming guests to enjoy the lakes, mountains and scenery in beautiful Snowdonia in North Wales. Snowdonia is coming back to … Read More

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