Gwern Borter Manor Holiday Farm
Barkers lane, Conwy, LL32 8YL, United Kingdom
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Great cafe, great location.
Sit in the tiny cottage, hearing the local people speaking in Welsh, enjoying the soup, the tea and the cakes. If you are planning a wedding - have a look at the wares next door! Then have a drive, a walk or a cycle up onto the moors above the village. Open Saturday only.
The estuary is the final stage of the short River Conwy, which rises in the moors of North Wales, some 25 miles further inland. At Conwy the estuary is crossed by three magnificent bridges, strewn with pearls of white sailing boats, and overseen by the fatherly castle.
The castle once perched on a rock overhanging the estuary in what must have made the castle an even more dramatic prospect than it is today. Land reclaiming around the edges of the town, however, has pushed the castle back from the waters edge.
As many as 2,000 workers were needed including masons, smiths, carpenters, quarry men etc. The architect James of St George received the princely sum of 2 shillings a day but in 1284 he had a rise to 3 shilling. He died in the early 1300's. The castle was built between 1283 and 1287!!! There are eight round towers and the walls of the castle are 15 foot thick.
The castle is open all year round except Christmas period and New Year, times differ depending on season so check before hand.
Admission price is ?4.00
The Smallest House in Britain
The smallest house in Britain is in Conwy. It measures just 3.05metres by 1.8 metres. Its last resident was a tall fisherman, but he couldn't stand upright in the tiny rooms so he left. The fact that it doesn't have a bathroom can't have helped either!
Plas Mawr (Great Hall) was built between 1576 and 1585 for the influential Welsh merchant, Robert Wynn. (His tomb is in the Parish Church)
The tall lime rendered walls of Plas Mawr tower majesticaly over the high street and reflect the status of its builder as does the richly decorated interior. Plas Mawr is an architectural gem and the finest surviving town house of the Elizabethan era in Wales and England.
Robert Wynn was a remarkable and well travelled courtier (who would have made a great member for VT if only it had been going then)He was a trader who rose to great import amongst the Welsh gentry of the time. The house is especially noted for its ornamental plasterwork which is of an exceptional quality and has been fully restored to its original splendour and has The initials RW and his coat of arms incorporated into the plaster in many places.
Probably the best example of this is the plaster overmantel in the hall (Picture 5) which has been repainted in its original vivid colours
Another great feature is the houses furnishings, many of which are original to the house and others are real period furniture from the local area. The furniture has been placed based on an inventory of the contents made in 1665.
Visitors can take an audio-tour of the house which describes the restoration and the life of the Tudor gentry (not just Wynn's generous entertaining and feasting, but also the work of the servants which underpinned such a lavish lifestyle).
Adult - £4.95, Concession - £4.60, Family - £14.50
A joint ticket for Conwy Castle and Plas Mawr is available:
Adult £6.85, Concession £5.85, Family £19.55
Entry is free for Welsh residents aged 60 and over or 16 and under who have a valid pass.
01.04.09 - 30.09.09: 9.00 - 17.00 Tuesday to Sunday, closed on Mondays except Bank Holidays
01.10.09 - 31.10.09: 9.30 - 16.00 Tuesday to Sunday, closed on Mondays except Bank Holidays
01.11.09 - 31.03.10: Closed
Opening times and entrance Fees updated 08/12/09