Mini guide to Llanrwst
Llanrwst is a picturesque, historical market town located on the east bank of
the Conwy River northeast of Snowdonia and about 20 miles south of Llandudno at
the mouth of the estuary.
There are many buildings of historical interest in Llanrwst, including the
parish church of St Grwst, first built in 1170 before being rebuilt in 1470
and later restored in 1884. It has a particularly beautiful carved oak rood
screen below a minstrels gallery and it also contains the large stone coffin
of Llywelyn the Great. Next door is the early 17th century Gwydir Chapel, which
has some lovely ceiling paintings and interesting early carved panelling and
scrollwork, while nearby are a group of charming almshouses built in 1610.
Set in a beautiful 10-acre listed garden just west of the river is Gwydir Castle.
Built in the 1500s from materials salvaged from the medieval Abbey of Maenan,
this was the ancestral seat of the powerful Wynn family and is a fine example
of a Tudor courtyard house. The house was added to in 1600 and again later in
The bridge spanning the river was built in 1636 and reputedly designed by the
famed architect, Inigo Jones. Near to the bridge is the National Trust owned
Ty Hwnt i'r Bont; now a tea room, it was built in the 15th century as a cottage
and was later used as a courthouse in the 16th century.
There are some picturesque walks along the riverbank and for the more energetic
there is a swimming pool, a skate park and excellent trekking, walking and cycling
opportunities at nearby Snowdonia. There are also plenty of castles to be visited
in the surrounding areas.
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