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Gwydir Castle, Llanrwst

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Gwydir Castle is situated in the Conwy valley, Wales, a mile to the west of the ancient market town of Llanrwst and 1.5mi to the south of the large village of Trefriw. An example of a fortified manor house dating back to c1500, it is located on the edge of the floodplain of the river Conwy, and overlooked from the west by the now-forested slopes of Gwydir Forest.HistoryThere has been a fortification of some sort on the site since AD 600, and in the Middle Ages a large number of skirmishes were fought in this area between the various rival Welsh princes and their forces, the most significant being in 610 and 954.By the 14th century some form of manorial house had evolved, and the first recorded owner was Howell ap Coetmor, who fought in the Hundred Years' War and was a commander of longbowmen under Edward, the Black Prince at the Battle of Poitiers in 1356.Gwydir became the ancestral home of the powerful Wynn family, descended from the Kings of Gwynedd, and one of the most significant families of north Wales during the Tudor and Stuart periods.
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  • A truly unique castle and grounds. I wasn't sure it was worth the money when my wife suggested coming here, but it certainly is. Lovingly and thoughtfully restored, with more rooms being added to the ...  more »
  • The Castle was bought by the current owners in the early nineties in a very poor state. They fell in love with it and have now brought it back to life. If you want to see a tudor house and garden in g...  more »
  • We were driving past and decided to stop by. From ringing the bell, to stepping through the door in the gate, to speaking with the owner, and touring the house and grounds, I found the experience mesm...  more »
  • Absolutely fantastic House/Castle with a great back story. We were lucky to have a tour with the current owner (Judy) and she was a fantastic tour guide who gave a brilliant account of everything to do with Gwydir Castle
  • Special visit. Guided tour is excellent.
  • Visited for a afternoon with my grandchildren aged 14and 11 we had a lovley time exploring this jewel of a place rescued by the efforts of owners from being lost to us forever. We look forward to coming again
  • The History just incredible. ..
  • even though Google as the castle on the wrong side of the road, they have the chapel.. a fantastic place to visit if you like going to these places. i was 6 years old some 59 years ago on my first visit , full of wonderful things Armour, swords .guns and Peacocks in the grounds , then i rediscovered it again in the mid 90s, and it had been used for music raves the people who bought it were going to restore it and just found most of the stuff that had been sold to America and was just about to buy it back from America. anyway left with a sadness after the visit . of what i had seen and what was their then ...but i called again with some friends some 20 years later 2013 they have done a fantastic job with the house and gardens and now have 15 Peacocks in the gardens. well worth a visit ,,still on going work to be done but what a transformation well done to all involved , will call again when near to see how its going on ,hope one day to see it back to how i remember it nearly 60 years ago WELL WORTH A VISIT FANTASTIC

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