Victorian Gothic splendour on the Llŷn Peninsula
Plas Glyn y Weddw is a unique Victorian Gothic mansion and home to a busy art centre that is said to be the longest-established art gallery in Wales.
A network of footpaths was recently opened, weaving through the woodland near the house. One path forms part of the Wales Coast Path.
New exhibitions are held regularly in the six exhibition rooms, and there is also a special permanent exhibition of Swansea and Nantgarw porcelain. Local crafts of all kinds are for sale in the shop, and the licensed tearoom serves light meals.
Since 2012 the open-air theatre in the woodland has been a site for a number of performances of all kinds, seating over 200 people.
The house was built in 1857 as a dower house for Lady Elizabeth Jones Parry, widow of the squire of the Madryn estate (Glyn y Weddw means ‘glen of the widow’ in English). After she died in 1883 the building and splendid gardens were inherited by her son, Thomas Love Duncombe Jones Parry.
Following Jones Parry’s death, the house was bought by Solomon Andrews, a businessman from Cardiff. He established a public art gallery at Glyn y Weddw for the first time in 1896, and opened the gardens and woodland to the public. In 1945 the Andrews family sold the property, and the house was converted into flats.
By the end of the 1970s the house was empty, and had almost turned into a ruin. But in 1979 it was bought by the artist Gwyneth ap Tomos and her husband Dafydd, and the art gallery at Plas Glyn y Weddw reopened in the early 1980s.
In 1996 a charitable trust was formed to take care of the house, and in 2008 there was an opportunity to buy the woodland and restore the old footpaths that had been there since Victorian times.
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Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddw
- Accessible by Public Transport
- Info Point
- Buggy Access
- Good Walks Nearby
- Family Walk
- Wheelchair Access
10.00 am - 5.00 pm
7 days a week
Closed on Tuesdays outside school holidays and occasionally for special events
Turn off A499 3 miles west of Pwllhelli into Llanbedrog. Driveway is after the church on the road to the beach
Pwllheli Station - 3 miles
Bus stops in Llanbedrog on A499. Service from Pwllheli to Abersoch.
Coastal Bus O Ddrws i Ddrws available April-October. £1 only. See website link below.
Charge for parking
Full Figure Grid Reference: SH 329 314
OS Landranger map sheet: 123
O Ddrws i Ddrws Coastal Bus
- 01758 740 763
- Plas Glyn y Weddw, Llanbedrog, LL53 7TT