When the owner of Gwydir Castle wanted his own place of worship he built his own private chapel. The owner in question was Sir Richard Wynn, a member of the influential Wynn family who also built Plas Mawr (‘The Big House’) in Conwy, one of the finest Elizabethan townhouses in Britain.
Begun in 1673, the chapel’s simple stone exterior belies what you find within. It’s a lavish affair blending Gothic and Renaissance styles, with a pulpit embellished by carved figures. But it’s when you gaze upwards that Gwydir’s great glory is revealed: a celestial painted ceiling adorned with angels, doves, cherubs and symbols of the sun, moon and stars.