Take in the architectural treasures associated with master architect and designer, Clough Williams-Ellis.
Starting in Llanystumdwy, a walk around the village will reveal several fascinating examples of Williams-Ellis’ work. The enclosure and the iron gate surrounding the grave of Prime Minster David Lloyd George is a good place to start (the village was Lloyd George’s childhood home and where he died). Next, the Moriah Chapel, originally dating to 1866, was rebuilt to Williams-Ellis’ Arts and Crafts influenced design in 1936 following a fire.
Before you leave Llanystumdwy take a look at the gates of the Lloyd George Museum and the library window at Ty Newydd (Lloyd George’s last home), both designed by Williams-Ellis. Check their website for their latest events programme. If you have time, a stop in Criccieth will be rewarded with refreshment at Morannedd café, an Art Deco gem designed by Williams-Ellis in 1948 and located on the esplanade.
The village of Llanfrothen is the location for Williams-Ellis’ country house, Plas Brondanw, which he restored and modified after inheriting it from his father. The gardens here are considered to be one of the versatile architect's best creations. He continued to extend the avenues, with their glorious mountain views, throughout his long life.
If you want to travel further afield, drive down the coast to Rhiw and visit the National Trust property, Plas yn Rhiw. It once belonged to the three Keating sisters who were friends with Williams-Ellis. He restored this 17th century house for the Keatings in 1938.
No Clough Williams-Ellis tour would be complete without a visit to his most famous achievement - Portmeirion. He created his ideal village to resemble the Italian towns he admired so much, opening to visitors in 1926. With stunning gardens, hotels and cafes, Portmeirion is a fascinating world of its own.
Ty Newydd Portmeirion
- Accessible by Public Transport
- Buggy Access
- Family Walk
- Wheelchair Access
Please check with sites before visiting
Lloyd George Museum, Moriah Chapel and Ty Newydd are at Llanystumdwy just off A497 between Cricieth and Pwllheli.
Morannedd Café is at Cricieth seafront.
Plas Brondanw is at Llanfrothen just off A4085.
Portmeirion is just off A497 south of Porthmadog.
Plas yn Rhiw is signposted off B4413 to Aberdaron.
Moriah Chapel visible from outside – not usually open.
Ty Newydd is a centre run by Literature Wales.
Full Figure Grid Reference: Lloyd George Museum SH 476385
OS Landranger map sheets: 123, 124