Llancaiach Fawr Manor overlooks the Glamorgan Uplands in Wales just as it has done since about 1550. Restored and furnished with accurate reproductions according to how it would have looked in 1645, many of the original pieces can also be viewed in the Museum of Welsh Life at St Fagans. The manor was built for Dafydd ap Richard and was designed to be easily defended during the turbulent reigns of Tudor kings and queens; it is one of the finest examples of a semi-fortified manor in Wales today. The original defensive design incorporated a single entrance, four-foot thick walls enclosing spiral stone staircases for access between floors and stout wooden doors. When these were securely closed, they split the manor in two and ensured that the inner east wing provided a safe and secure place of refuge during troubled times. The manor has played a part in many key historical periods and was visited by King Charles I for lunch on August 5th 1645! The gardens too have been sensitively restored and grow many plants that are of the period of the manor but very rare elsewhere, including ‘Catshead’, ‘Decio’ and ‘Paradise’ apple trees in the orchard.
Llancaiach Fawr Manor has regular exhibitions and events, and has great facilities including free coach parking, a shop, café and restaurant. There are discounted rates for groups.
T: 01443 412248