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“Great audio guide and no red ropes”
Review of Plas Mawr

Plas Mawr
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Private Guided Snowdonia and Conwy Day Trip from Conwy Valley
Ranked #1 of 32 things to do in Conwy
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Ottertail, Minnesota, United States
Level 4 Contributor
48 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Great audio guide and no red ropes”
Reviewed September 23, 2013

This house has been restored as closely as possibe to the late 1500's when it was built. The narration voices represent various inhabitants at the time, owners and servants, giving a realistic feel to how the household was run.

Visited September 2013
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Fleet, United Kingdom
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“Well presented and friendly staff”
Reviewed September 22, 2013

A joint ticket with Conwy Castle is well worth the money and Plas Mawr is by far the better value for money despite both properties being run by CADW. An excellent audio guide takes you through each room and is very informative and helpful staff are located throughout the property. This enables you to get a real sense of the history of the property and family that lived there.

Visited September 2013
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Tralee, Ireland
Level 6 Contributor
99 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
“They really try to take you back in time”
Reviewed September 20, 2013

We visited Plas Mawr last week whilst holidaying in North Wales. We purchased a jointed ticket for Conwy Castle and Plas Mawr at the cost of £8.00 per adult and found It great value.

Plas Mawr is a beautifully restored town house of the Tudor era and is presented so as to give the visitor as much information as possible as to what life would have been like then.

We were particulary delighted with the kitchen, which had lots of fresh herbs, spices, fruits and bread on display. The aromatics in the room were almost intoxicating - we kept popping back in to inhale the gorgeous scents!

You need to be reasonably sure footed to explore the house as the old staircases are very steep indeed and passageways are narrow of course.

However, this property is well worth a visit and we would recommend it highly.

Visited September 2013
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Go early in the morning and get a quiet visit”
Reviewed September 20, 2013

If you like old houses, this one is worth going a good way to see. It's not large, but intimate and homely, set round two courtyards. It is, as the blurb says, the finest Elizabethan townhouse in Britain; a family home built at a time when Wales was still rather wild. Built to impress, yet curioulsy unpretentious, it has a fabulous atmosphere. This is partly due to the fact that it is 'all of a piece' - it has, by falling on hard times, been spared later alterations - and partly by the exceptionally sensitive and charming restoration and furnishing which has been carried out by Cadwr - even down to having the right kind of smells in the kitchen and pantry. There is no tacky National Trust - type shop, no offensive marketing strategy (even the loos are atmospheric and tucked away behind ancient doors) - just beauty, charm and history. The Audio handset you take round with you is aimed at bringing the house to life for those with less historical knowledge, but it has plenty of hard information in there for the more historically-minded visitor too. Don't miss the tactfully tuckked away video about the restoration process.

We arrived just after opening (it was September so not too busy), even before the volunteer guide. We had it completely to ourselves at first - bliss!

Visited September 2013
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66 reviews
33 attraction reviews
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“Insight into the past”
Reviewed September 19, 2013

This is well worth a visit for the small fee. It gives you an insight into the past. You can have a free audio guide which is well worth having, as it gives you a great view into the past of a well to do family. It is a little gem waiting to be found and explored. The staff are very helpful and will fill in anything you don't understand about the house.

Visited September 2013
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