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Review of Plas Mawr

Plas Mawr
Ranked #1 of 33 things to do in Conwy
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Owner description: Plas Mawr stands as a symbol of a prosperous, buoyant age. The Elizabethan era. A golden age? Think Renaissance and Shakespeare. Think Plas Mawr. An Elizabethan gem worth its weight in gold. The finest town house of its period in Britain. Its owner Robert Wynn, an influential merchant of great repute, was particularly fond of grandeur and colour. He also liked entertaining. Lavishly. Behold his finest hour, a grand house built between 1576 and 1585 in the heart of medieval Conwy’s narrow cobbled streets. A house which more than matched his grandiose ambitions. Particularly exquisite is the ornamental plasterwork in the hall, now repainted in vivid original colours. There’s not an inch that doesn’t impress, from plasterwork ceilings to friezes and skilful carpentry. Look out for the initials ‘RW’ on various crests and coats of arms, lest you forget the master of the mansion and payer of all bills.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

A hidden gem on Conway High Street, and very easy to miss as it is not well signed outside.
We spent at least two hours exploring all of the fascinating history of this 16th century merchant's house.
Ask for an audio handset when you buy tickets. They are free and provide a wealth of facts and general information. Some of the stairs are fairly tricky to climb, and the access to the tower at the top should only be attempted by the very brave!
The house is maintained and supported by Welsh local government and they really need to do more to publicise this attraction.
When I asked the staff why it was not publicised, they said that car parking in Conway was quite poor and too many visitors would cause problems.....STOP IT !
Make every effort to visit....it is well worth while and worth every penny of the admission charge.

Thank steve4you
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

This is an amazing house to visit. The restoration is amazing and every attention has been made to detail. I agree with the person who said National Trust take note. I went to Aberconwy and there was only three rooms and not so good for about the same price. Plas Mawr gives a real inside to Tudor life assisted by a superb audio guide. Every room holds something different and I learned a lot too. Take particular time over the kitchen, you could almost expect the cook to come in and start work at any moment! I've seen quite a few of this sort of thing from this era but this is the best so far!

Thank Buntus
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

Don't just travel to Conwy to visit the Castle; this house on the main street is worth the visit as well. Many rooms have guides to explain the historical significance and the period furnishings give a taste of what it would have been like in the day.
Lots of good shops and spots fo eat nearby.
Worth a visit while in Conwy.

Thank hockeyfamily9
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Reviewed July 16, 2013

Loved how the rooms are decorated so you get a sense of what life might have been like. The guides or docents really know the history of the house. There is so much to see there. Absolutely worth a visit.

Thank Jeannejeannie
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Reviewed July 1, 2013

I visited conwy castle in june 2013 and whilst there i decided to check out trip advisor for any other local attractions.I was delighted to find that at the top of the list (even higher than conwy castle) was this hidden gem which can be found in the centre of the village on a busy shopping street, just a short walk from the castle.It would be easy to miss plas mawr as you walk along the bustling street as it doesnt stand out and feels like just an old building at first glimpse.On entering all that changes as you get a true sense of the age,beauty and true size of this fantastic house.The entrance fee was reduced as we had also visited conwy castle, which i thought was a very genuine and a friendly thing for the member of staff to do as they didn't have to offer a discount.As i walked into the court yard from the entrance there was a band playing welsh music and it just set the scene perfectly.The house is bigger than you think, on entrance it seems rather small but as soon as you enter the courtyard and the main house the floors and rooms seem to be endless.There is also a choice of FREE audio or chart guides, i went for the FREE audio which was brilliant, as soon as you enter each room the audio will tell you about whats in the room and what certain aspects of the room mean which you could easily miss without the audio.(TIP...Get the free audio). I am sooooo pleased i checked trip advisor and found plas mawr it just topped my visit to conwy and conwy castle off!

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