Thursday 08 November 2012
Cadw monument Plas Mawr will this year be opening its doors to the public for the first time during November and December. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday custodians and volunteers will be on site to welcome visitors and local residents in from the cold.
More than two million people visit Cadw’s 128 historic sites every year to discover the dramatic stories behind Wales’s breath-taking castles, abbeys, industrial and prehistoric monuments.
Plas Mawr was built by Robert Wynn between 1576 and 1585, and is situated in the heart of medieval Conwy’s narrow cobbled streets. On completion the house more than matched his grandiose ambitions. Particularly exquisite is the ornamental plasterwork in the hall, repainted in vivid original colours, and there’s not an inch that doesn’t impress, from plasterwork ceilings to friezes and skilful carpentry.
Plas Mawr will be getting into the Christmas spirit on the 8 and 9 December for an Elizabethan Christmas event. Parents can bring children to meet Father Christmas and have a go at making Christmas tree decorations, as well as learn what the Elizabethans ate during this time. Guests will also be invited to sit in the great chamber and listen to music whilst sipping mulled wine and eating warm mince pies.
Rachel Skelly, Cadw’s Lead Custodian at Plas Mawr said: ‘This is a great opportunity for visitors to Conwy, as well as local residents, to come along and visit Plas Mawr. Over the past few years many have expressed their disappointment that Plas Mawr is closed in November and December, so we’re delighted to be extending our opening period this winter.
The Christmas event, as well as the continuation of our renowned ‘Spooky Tours’, will attract further visitors to this iconic monument, and we’re looking forward to a busy few months!’
The Christmas event will take place on 8 and 9 December between 11am – 4pm (last admission 3.15pm) and visitors can buy tickets on the day. Spooky tours take place every Thursday between 6pm and 7.30pm. Spaces are limited and early booking is recommended.
Plas Mawr will be open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in November and December 2012, and will be closed from 30 December 2012 to 31 March 2013. The site will also be closed on 24, 25 and 26 December.
For more information on events visit www.cadw.wales.gov.uk/events find Cadw on Facebook or follow @CadwWales on Twitter.
Cadw, the Welsh word for to keep, is the Welsh Government’s historic environment service. Heritage sites and experiences make a significant contribution to the 4.2 billion worth of tourism spend in Wales annually, with castles and historic sites the top attractions visited by 72 per cent of visitors staying in Wales.