History

Llancaiach Fawr Manor

Lancashire - Nelson

United Kingdom

Taking the kids out for the day to Llancaiach Fawr Manor in Lancashire - Free Stuff!

CONTACT INFO

01443 412248
edwarl2@caerphilly.gov.uk
Gelligaer Road
Nelson
Nelson
Lancashire
CF46 6ER
United Kingdom

ON PEAK WORKING HOURS

START END
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00
Monday Closed
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00

ADMISSIONS

Entry

Adult Price ( £ 7.95 )
Child Price ( £ 6.50 ) *Age Limit 5 - Years
  • Children under 5 - free
Senior Price ( £ 6.50 ) *Child, senior citizen 60+ and students with a NUS card
Group Prices
  • per concessionary entry for 25+ people ( £ 6.00 )
  • per adult entry for 25+ people ( £ 6.50 )
Family Prices
  • 2 adults + 3 children ( £ 22.00 )

Parking & Other

Free parking Car and coach parking is free of charge.
Other Fees
  • School rates per child, Workshops can be arranged for an extra £2 per head. ( £ 6.00 )

DESCRIPTION

The building you see now was built in c1550 for Dafydd ap Richard. The Manor was designed to be easily defended during the turbulent reigns of Tudor kings and queens and 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.

By the beginning of the Stuart dynasty the Prichard family had prospered and the house was extended in 1628 to demonstrate their status. The Grand Staircase now allowed easy access between floors and two of the rooms used by the family were panelled in oak.

When Civil War broke out between King and Parliament in 1642 Colonel Edward Prichard was appointed Commissioner of Array to the King, raising men and money for the Royalist cause in Glamorganshire.

By the middle of 1645 support was waning and King Charles I came on a rallying tour through South Wales and visited Llancaiach Fawr for lunch on 5th August. Unimpressed by the King’s entreaties, shortly afterwards the Prichard’s and many other Glamorgan gentry changed sides to support Parliament and Colonel Prichard subsequently defended Cardiff Castle against the Royalists.

Visitors today step into the Manor House restored and furnished as it would have been in 1645. All the furnishings in the rooms are accurate reproductions of items from the time of the Prichard’s in the 16th and 17th centuries and many of the originals can be found in the Museum of Welsh Life at St. Fagans.

Photography & Recording Equipment

Please note that NO PHOTOGRAPHY or recording equipment of any kind is permitted inside the Manor House. Photographs may be taken in the gardens and Visitor Centre.

Dogs/Pets

We regret that dogs and pets are not allowed in the Manor or formal gardens. Guide dogs excepted.


(CLOSED from the 24th December to 3rd Jan)

CLOSED MONDAYS (except Bank Holidays).
Last admission to the house is 1 hour before closing. Please allow at least 1½ hours to see the house and additional time to view the gardens and exhibition

ONSITE FACILITIES

  • Car Parking
  • Mobility Access
  • Cafe/Family Restaurant
  • Toilets
  • School Deals
  • Onsite Shop

DIRECTIONS

Llancaiach Fawr Manor is on the B4254 road between Nelson and Gelligaer (about 2 ½ miles from the A470).

From M4 motorway leave at junction 32 and follow the A470 towards Merthyr Tydfil. After approximately 12 miles turn right at the roundabout signposted A472 Ystrad Mynach and follow the brown historic building signs through Nelson village.

From A465 Heads of the Valley road turn onto the A470 towards Cardiff, follow this road past Merthyr Tydfil and turn left at the roundabout signposted A472 Ystrad Mynach. Follow the brown historic building signs through Nelson village.

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