Llancaiach Fawr is a Grade One listed Manor House that has been restored and furnished according to its appearance during 1645. Visitors will now encounter live role-playing interpreters portraying the household staff during the time of the Civil War. The interpreters are historical experts trained in "first-person" interpretation techniques, and help to tell the story from the aspects of people living during that time. The characters encountered cannot see past the year of 1645, bring history alive, and provide an unforgettable Museum Theatre experience.
Here is the Agent and Surveyor of the household, Steffan Matthias, speaking in his own words;
"My Master Edward Prichard owns the capital Manor House of Llancaiach Fawr in the parish of Gelligaer in this year of our Lord 1645. He is one of the most powerful men in Glamorgan, being a landowner, a lawyer and a Justice of the Peace, and a Commissioner of Array for His Majesty King Charles.
You shall be afforded a most gracious welcome to my Master his house. Edward Prichard is the direct descendant of Cedrych ap Gwaithfoed, the olden Lord of Ystrad Twyi. My Master still follows the ancient traditions of Perchentyaeth, the obligations brought by the office and privilege of Landowner. The Master will offer protection and hospitality via his servants, who will attend gentle visitors and provide guidance about his fair house and and speak of their experiences and their lives in the house during this most horrid Civil War. Fortunately Llancaiach is far removed from the distractions of War, and all of my Master's visitors will be assured of a safe haven and pleasant discourse during their visit."
However, once darkness falls, the real residents of Llancaiach Fawr Manor make their appearance. Touring in search of the ghosts that remain here is a popular tourist attraction during the winter months. Stated by paranormal investigators, Llancaiach Fawr Manor is one of the most atmospheric and eerie houses in the area.
Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
Toilets for Disabled Visitors
Tours and Demonstrations
Educational Visits Accepted
Guided Tours Available for Groups
Parking & Transport
On site parking
Public Transport Dir
Nearest railway station: Pengam is 2 miles.
By bus from X4 Cardiff Central Bus Station (Stand C1) to Pontypridd
X38 Pontypridd Bus Station (Stand 13)to Llancaiach Fawr Main Gates
From M4 motorway leave at junction 32 and follow the A470 towards Merthyr Tydfil. Approximately 12 miles (after passing Services) turn right at the roundabout signposted A472 Ystrad Mynach and follow the brown historic building signs through Nelson village.
From A465 Heads of the Valley road turn onto the A470 towards Cardiff. Follow this road past Merthyr Tydfil and turn left at the roundabout signposted A472 Ystrad Mynach. Follow the brown historic building signs through Nelson village.
2013 - Opening:
01/01/2013 - 24/12/2013