Built between 1576 and 1585 for local merchant Robert Wynn, Plas Mawr – or Great Hall – is regarded as the finest surviving Elizabethan town house in Britain. The house and gardens have been restored to their original appearance with help from Cadw. Photo credit: © Crown copyright (2015) Cadw
Facilities – at a glance
Assist dogs allowed
- Parking nearby
- Wheelchair access to ground floor of main house only
- Facilities: Portable induction loop, video presentation, audio tour, volunteer guides in the main rooms
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Open Apr-Sep, daily 9.30-5; Oct-5 Nov, daily 9.30-4 (last admission 45mins before close)
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About The area
The majority of the population of Conwy lives along its picturesque coastline, while a third of the county falls within jaw-dropping landscape of the Snowdonia National Park. The town of Conwy, which takes its name from the county (which in turn was named after the river that runs through it), is undoubtedly one of the great treasures of Wales.
Three fine bridges – Thomas Telford’s magnificent suspension bridge of 1822, Robert Stephenson’s tubular railway bridge, and a newer crossing – all stretch over the estuary beneath the castle, allowing both road and the railway into this medieval World Heritage Site. Pride of place goes to the castle, dating back to 1287.
Conwy is the most complete walled town in Britain, with walls measuring an impressive six feet in thickness and 35 feet in height. The walkway along the top offers splendid over-the-rooftop views of the castle, the estuary and the rocky knolls of nearby village of Deganwy. At the wall’s end, steps descend to the quayside where fishermen sort their nets and squawking seagulls steal scraps.
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