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Min y Ddol
Dolbenmaen is located in Gwynedd
Location within Gwynedd
Population1,343 (2011)
OS grid referenceSH506430
  • Dolbenmaen
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtLL51
Dialling code01766
PoliceNorth Wales
FireNorth Wales
EU ParliamentWales
UK Parliament
Welsh Assembly
List of places
52°57′50″N 4°13′26″W / 52.964°N 4.224°W / 52.964; -4.224Coordinates: 52°57′50″N 4°13′26″W / 52.964°N 4.224°W / 52.964; -4.224

Dolbenmaen (About this soundWelsh pronunciation) is a village and community in the Welsh county of Gwynedd, located in Eifionydd, of which it was the administrative centre until 1239.[1] The community includes the villages of Bryncir (About this soundWelsh pronunciation), Cenin, Garndolbenmaen, Golan, Llanfihangel-y-Pennant, Penmorfa (About this soundWelsh pronunciation), Pentrefelin, and the hamlet of Prenteg. It has a population of 1,300,[2] increasing slightly to 1,343 at the 2011 Census;[3] the summit of Moel Hebog is shared between Beddgelert and Dolbenmaen.

St Mary's church

A castle motte is located to the south of the village which is thought to have been the residence of Llywelyn the Great until the 1230s, when the court moved to a motte and bailey castle at Criccieth.The castle guarded a ford on the Afon Dwyfor which may have been on the Pen Llystyn (Tremadog) to Segontium Roman road.[4][5][6]The parish church of St Mary's is a grade II* listed building.[7]


An electoral ward of the same name exists; the extent of this ward differs slightly to the Community and the total population of the ward taken at the 2011 Census was 1,212.[8]


  1. ^ Criccieth Visitors' Map and Brief History, 2002, Cymdeithas Hanes Eifionydd, Wales
  2. ^ Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Gwynedd Retrieved 13 January 2010
  3. ^ "Community population 2011". Retrieved 15 May 2015.
  4. ^ "DOLBENMAEN CASTLE MOUND | Coflein". Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Dolbenmaen Motte". Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Dolbenmaen Castle". Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Parish Church of St Mary, Dolbenmaen". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  8. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 15 May 2015.