Tuesday 18 February 2014
Due to popular demand, Cadw’s Elizabethan town house Plas Mawr will this year be opening its doors to the public seven days a week. A team of friendly custodians and volunteers will eagerly welcome tourists and locals alike through the doors to step back in time to Elizabethan Wales.
Plas Mawr is the finest example of an Elizabethan town house in Britain! It 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.
More than two million people visit Cadw’s 129 historic sites every year to discover and follow the dramatic stories behind Wales’s breath-taking castles, abbeys, industrial and prehistoric monuments.
Sheena Williams, Cadw’s Lead Custodian at Plas Mawr, said: 'As word of Plas Mawr has spread over the last few years people have expressed their disappointment that the house is closed on a Monday. Cadw has listened to their voices and responded positively. As well as giving more freedom to people as to when they visit it also means that schools can book educational visits and weddings can now be held on a Monday too.
'Opening an extra day per week also means there is an opportunity for people to join our friendly and enthusiastic team of volunteer room stewards. All that is required is you have a few hours to spare and good communication skills; training will be given. If you are interested at present you can contact me at Conwy Castle 01492 592358 or from 25th March at Plas Mawr 01492 580167 for more details.'
During 2014 Plas Mawr will be open seven days a week for seven months. From the 1st April to 30th September doors will be open from 9am until 5pm, last admission 4.15pm. In October the times change to 9.30pm to 4pm, last admission 3.15pm.
Throughout the season there will be a number of events starting with our Easter Egg Hunt on 20th April and finishing with Pumpkin Carving on Halloween.
Cadw, the Welsh word for to keep, is the Welsh Government’s historic environments service. Heritage sites and experiences make a significant contribution to the 4.2 billion worth of tourism spend in Wales annually, with natural attraction, castles and historic sites the top attractions visited by 72% of visitors staying in Wales.