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Cwrych Castle & Estate

Cwrych Castle & Estate


Gwrych Castle (Welsh: Castell Gwrych meaning "Hedge Castle") is a Grade I listed 19th-century country house near Abergele in Conwy Wales. The castle and 250 acre estate are privately owned and has been home and host to generations of Welsh gentry.

Gwrych Castle was built between 1810 and 1825 by Lloyd Hesketh Bamford-Hesketh and incorporated an earlier house that had been in the ownership of the Lloyds since the late-medieval period.

During World War II, as part of the Kindertransport programme, the Government used the castle to house 200 Jewish refugees. Following the war, the castle and estate was opened to the public as a visitor attraction.

On 13 June 2018, Gwrych Castle and its estate was sold to the current owners, the Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust. Due to the large cost of repairs and restoring lost content, the trust relies on volunteers or/and philanthropists who are able to contribute their time, experiences, knowledge and skills.

The vision is to secure a vibrant and sustainable future for Gwrych Castle and the built structures within its designed landscape, making them appealing, accessible and inspiring places for new and existing audiences to visit, support and enjoy, now and for years to come.

Celebrating the ideals of the picturesque movement in the early-nineteenth century – discovery, invention and exploration – the aim is to bring them vividly to life for twenty-first century audiences through inspiring interpretation and activities that create fascinating links between house, landscape and people.

Today the building is a ruin so there is currently no public access.

Children welcomeDogs accepted

Opening Details

Open all the time

10:00am – 5:00pm each day with last admission at 4:00pm

Gwrych Castle and Estate will be temporarily closing to the public at 5pm on Sunday 23rd August 2020 until New Year 2021


£5 for Adults £5.00 | Children £2.50 | Family Ticket (2 adults & 3 children) £15.00
Guided tours are available at a cost £15 per person.


Mark Baker


Llanddulas Road,,
LL22 8ET


Plan route to Gwrych Castle and Estate using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SH 936775  Lat: 53.28375 Long: -3.60845

Travelling East (From Chester)
Stay on the A55 to junction 24 sign posted Abergele • Follow the A547 through Abergele • Proceed straight through 2 sets of traffic lights • At the Tescos roundabout take the 1st exit, straight on • Continue to follow the A547 for approximately 300 metres • Pass a very large stone arch on your left hand side • Staying on the A547, 100 meters after the arch turnn left • Follow the private drive for 150m, at the top of the drive turn right and enter the Gwrych Castle Estate.

Travelling West (From Holyhead)
Stay on the A55 to junction 23 sign posted Llanddulas and Abergele • Follow the A547 through Llanddulas heading for Abergele for approx 2 miles • At the Business Park roundabout take the 2nd exit, straight on • On reaching the 30mph speed limit immediately turn right • Follow the private drive for 150m, at the top of the drive turn right and enter the Gwrych Castle Estate.


  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted