Shell Island started off as a farm dating back to the Doomsday book of 1086. The Island developed as a tourist attraction in the 1880’s with the coming of the railways.
In 1958 it was bought by the Workman family, who still run it today, and opened as a camping site. With its unique location on the North Cardigan Bay, in the Snowdonia National Park, it attracts families from all over the UK and Europe for camping holidays and day visits.
In the 1800's the Island was used for farming and was owned by Lord Mostyn of Flint.
In the 1640's, King Charles I, while fleeing from the Roundheads, stayed at Cors Y Gedol Hall in Dryffryn Ardudwy before escaping to France. Although only conjective, it could certainly be believed, that he left from the shores of Shell Island, via the connecting tunnel to the house on the Island.
The old farm house is believed to be haunted, and the ghost of a young female has been seen on many occasions. This has also been investigated by the TV show 'The Most Haunted'.
Parts of the old farm house are even recorded in the Doomsday book of 1086.
Most of Shell Islands building have been used for various things over the years. The Restaurant, Snack Bar and Tavern were developed from 1976-7 from the old farm buildings. The Restaurant was the hay barn, the kitchens were the stables and the Tavern Bar was an old cow shed. The toilet block, was a homing station for the R.A.F Station at Llanbedr, during war years.
With over 450 acres, of which 300 acres are available for camping, Shell Island has developed into one of the largest camping sites in Europe. Shell Island appeals strongly to those who love the unspoilt countryside, and those who appreciate quietness. So whether you come for the day, or a weeks holiday, Shell Island offers everybody their own piece of paradise.