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Church, £2.60-£4

Rug Chapel

Rug Chapel


The chapel’s plain exterior gives little hint of the riches within. Religiously glorious in glorious technicolour. Never judge a chapel, or a church for that matter, by its exterior. Step inside 17th-century Rug Chapel and prepare to be wowed by its decorative flourishes. If you’re a fan of minimalism, you may want to take a deep breath before entering. Its founder, the arch-Royalist Colonel William Salesbury, created a private chapel complete with high church pretensions and a zany style to counter puritanical notions of the time.

You can never have enough wood carvings or rose motifs. Colonel Salesbury was mad for them, whether it was on the altar rails, family pews, painted gallery or bench ends. A real show off in wood. It certainly grabbed the attention of Sir Edwin Lutyens. For reference, look up his Viceroy’s House in New Delhi, India.

Llangar Old Parish Church, a mile or so away, is a few centuries older in construction than Rug. Its whitewashed appearance hides wonders within. Inside, the 15th-century wall paintings still survive, thanks in part to the church making way for a new place of worship in Cynwyd in the 1850s.

Opening details

Rug Chapel:
6 November 2017 - 31 March 2018 Closed.
1 April - 31 October 2018 Tuesay & Wednesday 10.00am - 5.00pm.
Last admission 30 minutes before closing.


Rug Chapel - Prices valid to March 2018
Adult - £4.00
Family (2 Adults & up to 3 children under 16) - £11.90
Senior citizens, students and children under 16 - £2.60
Children under 5 - Free




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Plan route to Rug Chapel and Llangar Old Parish Church using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SJ 068441  Lat: 52.98611 Long: -3.38974

Rug Chapel: Off A494 2km/1.2mls N. West of Corwen. Llangar Old Parish Church: Follow A5 north-west towards B4401. 2km/1.2mls S. West of Corwen. The church is a walk of 300m/ 330 yards off the B4401.

Accessible by Public Transport: 18 miles from Ruabon station