Gwydir Castle. Photo - Wikimedia Commons

Gwydir Castle

Introduction

Gwydir Castle is situated in the beautiful Vale of Conwy in the foothills of Snowdonia. Regarded as one of the finest Tudor houses in Wales, the castle was the ancestral home of the powerful Wynn baronets, descended from the Kings and Princes of Gwynedd and one of the most significant families in Wales during the Tudor and Stuart periods.Set within a Grade 1 listed, 10-acre garden

The History of Gwydir Castle

Gwydir Castle is situated in the beautiful Vale of Conwy in the foothills of Snowdonia. Regarded as one of the finest Tudor houses in Wales, the castle was the ancestral home of the powerful Wynn baronets, descended from the Kings and Princes of Gwynedd and one of the most significant families in Wales during the Tudor and Stuart periods.

The first castle was built by Howell Coetmore, who fought under the Black Prince as commander of longbowmen at the battle of Poitiers in 1356. Following the Wars of the Roses the castle was rebuilt in around 1490 by Meredith, founder of the Wynn dynasty and a leading supporter of King Henry VII. Originally a fortified house, Gwydir acquired additions in the 1540's (incorporating reused gothic building material from nearby Maenan Abbey), and was given a fine Elizabethan porch and gardens in the 1590's. Further additions were made in 1828 to designs by Sir Charles Barry, architect of the Houses of Parliament.

In the 1570's Gwydir was the home of Katherine of Berain, cousin of Queen Elizabeth I and the castle has associations with the Babington Plot (1586) and the Gunpowder Plot (1605). Other historical figures linked with the castle include Lord Leicester (Queen Elizabeth's favourite) Inigo Jones, 'the Father of English Palladianism', Bishop Morgan, translator of the first Welsh Bible and Archbishop John Williams, Lord Keeper under Charles I.

Opening Times:
1st March - 31st October
10am - 4.00pm.
Closed Mondays and Saturdays (Except BH Weekends)
Limited openings at other times.
Please telephone for details.
Guided tours by arrangement.
Admission: Adult £4.00, Child £2.00,
Conc. £3.50, Group discount 10%

Bed & Breakfast available throughout the year

Guided Tours. These can be arranged either during the day or in the evening: 10% discount for groups of thirty or over. Limited refreshments are available by prior arrangement.
 

Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015