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Llancaiach Fawr Manor: A Visitor's Guide

Llancaiach Fawr Manor is a Tudor house which was built in the mid-16th century. The traditional furnishings and extensive renovation allow you to experience how life may have been during the 17th century, when the property was the residence of Colonel Edward Pritchard (who many people believe is still resident in the property to this day!)

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The Gliffaes Hotel Guide To Llancaiach Fawr Manor

Frequently Asked Questions

Where Is Llancaiach Fawr Manor?

Llancaiach Fawr Manor, Trelewis, Nelson, Treharris CF46 6ER (approximately 50 minutes drive from Gliffaes Country House Hotel)

When Is Llancaiach Fawr Manor Open?

Llancaiach Fawr Manor is open from the second week of January to the third week of December, closing only for the Christmas/New Year period.

January-December:

Tuesday-Sunday from 10:00am-5:00pm (Closed each Monday, including Bank Holidays)

Last admission is 1 hour before closing

How Long Should I Spend At Llancaiach Fawr Manor?

Allow 2-3 hours to fully appreciate Llancaiach Fawr Manor, the exhibitions and gardens

How Much Is Entry To Llancaiach Fawr Manor?

Children (under 5 years old): Free entry

Children (aged 5-17): £6.95

Students: £6.95

Over 60s: £6.95

Adults: £8.50

Family Ticket (2 adults + 3 children): £25.00

Carers/Personal Assistants: Free

Prices are correct at the time of writing. For up-to-date pricing and information, please visit the Llancaiach Fawr Manor website

Can I Park At Llancaiach Fawr Manor?

There is a car park which is free-of-charge for visitors. There are also plenty of disabled parking spaces situated within a few metres of the entrance

Is Llancaiach Fawr Manor Wheelchair-Accessible?

Llancaiach Fawr Manor is mostly wheelchair-accessible, with only the attic and first-floor rooms not suitable for wheelchairs/pushchairs

When Is The Best Time To Visit Llancaiach Fawr Manor?

Llancaiach Fawr Manor is open year-round, so you can visit at your leisure. With the house being quite eerie, we feel that autumn and spring are the best times to visit

What Should I Wear To Llancaiach Fawr Manor?

Llancaiach Fawr Manor operates a casual dress code, so wear what makes you feel comfortable

Is Llancaiach Fawr Manor Dog-Friendly?

Dogs are not allowed in the manor or the gardens. Guide dogs are permitted

Is There WiFi At Llancaiach Fawr Manor?

WiFi is not available at Llancaiach Fawr Manor

Llancaiach Fawr Manor: A Paranormal Phenomenon

Llancaiach Fawr Manor is a beautiful 16th-century property which is popular among visitors to the Gliffaes Country House Hotel. It is an experience like no other, with a real feeling of authenticity from both the staff and the property itself.

The stumbling block for some people is that Llancaiach Fawr Manor regularly appears on lists of the most haunted properties in Britain! During a day-time trip, it appears to be just a beautiful manor house, but would you be brave enough to embark on one of the after-dark Ghost Tours?

A Brief History Of Llancaiach Fawr Manor

Llancaiach Fawr Manor is widely believed to have been built around 1530, commissioned by Dafydd ap Richard. Historians have challenged this date, with some suggesting that construction was completed any time between 1548-1565. Regardless of the exact date, it can never be in dispute that this is a wonderful example of a Tudor manor house.

With the site known to have been occupied for 4,000 years, it is highly likely that Llancaiach Fawr Manor is not the first dwelling to exist on this land. Historians have suggested that a previous structure may have been consolidated into the existing building, or have been demolished prior to the construction of the manor.

Not much is known about the ownership of Llancaiach Fawr Manor once it was relinquished by the Prichard family in circa 1645. It is accepted that it subsequently became a farmhouse, with some surveys showing that an orchard to the rear of the house was added in the 19th century.

Rhymney Valley District Council acquired Llancaiach Fawr Manor in 1979 and spent the next decade restoring it to its former glory. It opened as a living history museum in 1991.

The Design Of Llancaiach Fawr Manor

As it was built during a time of frequent conflict between rival English and Welsh forces, the design allowed it to be defended against enemies in an uncomplicated manner. A single entrance, 4ft thick walls and various other fortification techniques were employed to ensure that the manor could withstand a lengthy onslaught.

It is believed that Llancaiach Fawr Manor once had fourteen staircases, each of them built within the walls and allowing access to the rooms above. The typical Tudor design allowed the manor house to be divided in the event of an attack, with the east wing becoming a self-contained inner-fortress.

The Gardens At Llancaiach Fawr Manor

While the manor house appears exactly as it would have in 1645, the gardens at Llancaiach Fawr Manor also depict how the exterior may have looked centuries ago. The Knot Garden consists of aromatic plants and herbs that are true to that era, while The Orchard displays a variety of traditional fruits.

There is also a Physic Garden, which was the norm for manor houses and monasteries during that period. It is here that you will find an array of medicinal plants that would be used for healing, cooking and even dyeing wool and other fabrics.

Witch Marks At Llancaiach Fawr Manor

Used in the past as a means of defending a house from evil spirits, Llancaiach Fawr Manor has a number of witch marks throughout the property.

Typically found at entry points, witch marks have been discovered near door frames, windows and chimney breasts. It is believed it is at these points that spirits would be most likely to breach.

In addition to the witch marks, demon traps have also been found inside the manor.

Ghost Tours At Llancaiach Fawr Manor

From October until January, brave visitors can visit Llancaiach Fawr Manor on Friday & Saturday evenings and embark on a Ghost Tour!

For the cynics, it is a chance to dispute whether the ghostly goings on are a figment of people’s imagination, while the believers may have an opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the manor’s previous residents.

Many believe that this eerie estate really is haunted, with many TV programmes featuring Llancaiach Fawr Manor in their search for paranormal activity.

Llancaiach Fawr Manor On The Big Screen

With a well-deserved reputation for being haunted, Llancaiach Fawr Manor has been featured in various TV shows.

It appeared on season 2 of “Most Haunted” in 2003 and on “Ghost Story” in 2006. An episode of “Doctor Who” (filmed in 2018) and “Dan Glo” (filmed in 2012) have also been shot at the spooky manor. When interviewed, the actors and actresses who appeared in each show admitted to feeling scared during filming.

Llancaiach Fawr Manor Exhibition

The Llancaiach Fawr Manor exhibition was opened by HRH the Prince of Wales in July 2017.

The exhibition displays many of the findings at Llancaiach Fawr Manor during its renovation during the 1980s and gives a deeper insight into its 4,000 year history.

Alongside the physical displays is an interactive touch table that allows visitors to experience what the lives of the staff serving at the manor may have been like in the 17th century. Entry to the exhibition is included with the Llancaiach Fawr Manor admission ticket and is highly recommended.

Weddings, Civil Ceremonies, Conferences & Functions

Llancaiach Fawr Manor is a one-of-a-kind venue, making any wedding, civil ceremony, conference or function truly unique. With 20 acres of spectacular grounds surrounding the manor, guests can enjoy the far-reaching views across the immediate surroundings.

With a variety of rooms in the manor house available, you can choose which best suits your needs for the amount of guests you are expecting. Llancaiach Fawr Manor also offer a range of food & drink options to ensure that your guests aren’t hungry or thirsty.

Llancaiach Fawr Manor Fun Facts

  1. Llancaiach Fawr Manor is regularly voted among the top 10 most haunted properties in the United Kingdom
  2. The walls of the house are more than 4ft (1.2m) thick
  3. The house, gardens and staff accurately portray how the manor would have appeared in 1645

How To Find Llancaiach Fawr Manor

Llancaiach Fawr Manor is approximately 50 minutes drive from Gliffaes Country House Hotel.

When leaving the hotel, head east for around 400m before turning sharp left. Continue for approximately 1.5 miles before turning left towards Forge Road. Turn left onto Forge Road and proceed for around three-quarters of a mile before making a slight left onto Cwm Crawnon Road (B4558).

Continue onto Cyffredyn Lane before turning right onto B4560 for 6 miles and turning left towards the A4281. Proceed on the A4281 for around 2 miles before exiting towards the Heads of the Valley Road (A465) before exiting towards the A4060 and continuing for 4 miles.

At Abercanaid Roundabout, take the 1st exit onto the A470 for 5.5 miles to Abercynon Roundabout. The the 1st exit onto the A472 before turning left onto Llwyncelyn Terrace and continuing to Bwl Road, which merges into Shingrig Road (B4255). 

Turn right onto Gelligaer Road (B4254) for approximately half a mile before turning right and Llancaiach Fawr Manor will be on your right.

Other Attractions Near Llancaiach Fawr Manor

Although not remotely spooky, the Royal Mint Experience is located just 13 miles from Llancaiach Fawr Manor and makes for a wonderful day out.

Approximately 20 miles from Llancaiach Fawr Manor is the Big Pit National Coal Museum. This is a really interesting experience that explores the history of the coal industry in Blaenavon and tells the story of the miners who worked there.

Near to the Big Pit National Coal Museum is Blaenavon Ironworks. With these two attractions being situated so close together, it is extremely convenient to visit both in the same day.

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We’ve created a useful guide of local attractions and activities in the Brecon Beacons, containing information on walks, things to do, local shopping, and places to visit, which you can use to help map out your visit to the Brecon Beacons.

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