A palace once owned by Prince Llywelyn ab Iorwerth (d.1240), ‘an arrowshot from the River Conwy', now a country home with a Tudor look.  The Welsh palace or llys of Llywelyn, like other survivors at Garth Celyn and Nanlle, consists of a long hall block.  This has been added to over the years, especially in the Tudor period, when a tower house was attached to it.  The owning Wynn family moved here from Dolwyddelan castle in the sixteenth century and used parts of Maenan abbey to refashion the palace.  A panelled dining room from the 1620s, after a trip to America in the twentieth century, has been recently restored and reopened.

According to the sixteenth century antiquarian traveller, John Leland, Trefriw (Treurewe) castle was a mile from Conway abbey 'where Llywelyn lay that married Jane, King John's daughter.  It stands on the Conway and Trefriw rivers.'

Why not join me at other Lost Welsh Castles next Spring?  Please see the information on tours at Scholarly Sojourns.


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