A family chapel built on a crag, complete with a colourful interior
Sir Richard Wynn decided his family should have their own chapel in which to worship, as was common among wealthy gentry families. As the 4th Baronet of Gwydir, he had the funds to put his plan into action, and the building project commenced in 1673.
The chapel’s plain exterior is almost Gothic in style. Step inside, however, and you will see a much more elaborate decoration. The vaulted wooden ceiling is beautifully painted with the sun moon and stars, most of which has been preserved from the 17th century. You can also see the figure of God, angels appearing from clouds holding inscriptions, cherubs and doves. A painted and carved beam supports a gallery.
The Wynn family, like other members of the gentry in 17th-century Wales, were very powerful in their own neighbourhoods, and able to worship in the style that suited them. The family employed their own chaplain to carry out services at the chapel. Make sure you spot the framed panel showing the arms of Charles II on the south wall.
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- Accessible by Public Transport
- Good Walks Nearby
Daily 10.00 am - 4.00 pm
Access by appointment. Please contact the Key Keeper by telephoning 01492 641687. Please allow at least 24 hours notice before your visit.
Access all year round except 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January
Turn off B5106 Trefriw to Betws y Coed just south of Gwydir Castle
Llanwrst - 1 mile
Bus stop at Gwydir
On-road NCN nearby B5106
Under 16s must be accompanied. Assistance dogs only
Full Grid Reference Number: SH 795609
OS Landranger map sheet: 115/116
- 01492 641687
- Gwydir Uchaf Chapel, Llanrwst, LL26 0PN