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image for Historic House item typePlas Mawr (Cadw)

  • Visit Wales VAQAS
  • Cadw Welsh Government

Historic House, £4.40-£7.30

Plas Mawr

Plas Mawr

Details

Never was a building better named. Plas Mawr, or the Great Hall, is quite simply the finest surviving Elizabethan town house anywhere in Britain.

This was a golden age when fabulously wealthy merchants invested in mansions, rich fittings and lavish entertaining. Robert Wynn, third son of a local landowner, wanted a piece of the action.

He entered the service of Tudor diplomats and travelled to the most splendid royal courts of Europe. His fortune made, he bought a mansion house in Conwy for £200 and between 1576 and 1585 turned it into a celebration of his life, times and wealth.

The house’s main frontage is discreetly hidden away in a steep narrow lane. So the High Street gatehouse only hints at the grandeur within, as you rise via a series of terraces to explore 17 impressive rooms.

You won’t have to look far for clues about its creator. Wynn’s initials – R.W. – can be found all over Plas Mawr’s vividly painted ornamental plasterwork.

Over the centuries it became a courthouse, a school and even an art gallery. Perhaps this continual use enabled it to remain so miraculously intact. Four years of painstaking restoration have recreated the Elizabethan garden and returned all the light-filled rooms to their original glory.

Children welcomeDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowed

Opening details

1 April - 30 September 2019 Daily 9.30am - 5.00pm
1 October - 3 November 2019 Daily 9.30am - 4.00pm
4 November 2019 - 31 March 2020 Closed
Last admission 45 minutes before closing.

Prices

Prices valid from April 2019:
Adult - £7.30
Family (2 Adults & up to 3 children) - £21.20
Seniors £5.80
Juniors (Aged 5–17) / NUS / Armed Forces and Veterans - £4.40
Children under 5 - Free

Contact

Enquiries

Address

High Street,
Conwy,
LL32 8DE

Location

Directions

Plan route to Plas Mawr (Cadw) using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SH 780775  Lat: 53.28108 Long: -3.83003

A55 Junction 18 & A546/A547 to Conwy. At traffic lights/mini roundabout by the Castle, turn right (signed short stay car park); car park will be left. Continue to walk on this road and the High Street will be on the right opposite the railway station. Plas Mawr on left in High Street.
Bus 200m/220 yards, route No 5, Caernarfon-Conwy/Llandudno
Bike NCN Route No.5 (150m/160 yards).

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Conwy station

Facilities

  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed