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Llanrwst Snowdonia Area
See also Betws-y-coed Dolwyddelan Trefriw Capel Curig


Llanrwst is the main market town in the Conwy Valley reached either along the A470 or across the River Conwy from Trefriw by a famous bridge, probably designed by Inigo Jones, and built in 1636.

Near the bridge is a 15th century cottage, Tu Hwnt i'r Bont, once a courthouse and now a tea room owned by the National Trust. On the west bank of the Conwy stands Gwydir Castle, for centuries the seat of the influential Wynn family. The house has a fine sequence of Tudor rooms, though much of the house was rebuilt in the 19th century. The current owners are undertaking an extensive programme to restore Gwydir Castle to its former glory, and have recently obtained the panelling from the Dining Room which left Gwydir in the 1920's and was discovered in store in New York.

Gwydir Uchaf Chapel, which has lovely ceiling paintings, is open to the public - the key is available at the forestry office next door. Llanrwst also has an indoor swimming pool and there are lovely walks along the river bank and around the recreation grounds. In Llanrwst itself is the church of St Grwst, built in the 15th century. Particularly precious is the rood screen taken there from the suppressed Maenan Abbey, four miles north of the town. The chapel contains the large stone coffin of Llywelyn the Great. By the church are a group of almshouses founded in 1610.

There is a market in Ancaster Square most Tuesdays. In the countryside above Llanrwst are the pretty villages of Llangernyw and Gwytherin.



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