Near the town of Nelson, Mid Glamorgan stands Llancaiach Fawr. Built in 1530 for Dafydd ap Richard, the thick stone walls enabled the Manor to be easily defended during the turbulent reigns of the Tudor kings and queens.
By the time the Stuarts came to the throne, the Prichard family had prospered, and in 1628 the house was altered and extended to demonstrate their wealth.
In 1642, Civil War broke out between King and Parliament, and Colonel Edward Prichard became Commissioner of Array, raising money and men for the Royalist cause in Glamorganshire.
As soon as you enter the house you step back in time being greeted by the "servants of Colonel Prichard" dressed in the costumes worn in 1645. Listen to their tales of life in the days of the civil war spoken in the language of the 17th century.
I remember when we visited recently one of the servants said to my wife" You have walked far my good lady, your shoes are worn and your toes are bloody" ( He had noticed her open toe shoes and red painted toenails)
King Charles 1 visited the house just before his surrender to Cromwell's forces in 1646 which led to his beheading.
There is a gift shop, restaurant, access to gardens for the disabled are good except to the middle and upper floors of the house. The house has a number of resident ghosts, and evening "candle light tours are regularly held. For details tel : 01443 412248
PLEASE NOTE: Admission to the Visitor Centre shop, café/ restaurant, exhibition and gardens is free but for some Special Events in the Barn, Education Centre, Courtyard or on the Meadow a small fee may be payable to cover materials or extra activities.
Car and coach parking is free of charge.
Dogs and pets are not allowed in the Manor or formal gardens. Guide dogs excepted.
The manor is furnished as it was in 1645
Admission - from 1st April 2017
Concessions: £6.95 (child, senior citizen 60+ and students with a NUS card)
Family: £25.00 (2 adults + 3 children)
Children under 5 - free
Personal assistants required to enable a visitor with disabilities to access the manor - free
Please note: Admission to the Visitor Centre shop, café/ restaurant, exhibition and gardens is free but for some Special Events in the Barn, Education Centre, Courtyard or on the Meadow a small fee may be payable to cover materials or extra activities.
Personal assistants required to enable a visitor with disabilities to access the manor Opening Times
Tuesday to Sunday 10am - 5pm from January to Christmas (CLOSED from the 24th December to 3rd Jan)
CLOSED MONDAYS (except Bank Holidays).
Last admission to the house is 1 hour before closing. Please allow at least 1½ hours to see the house and additional time to view the gardens and exhibition.