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Llancaiach Fawr Manor

Type:Historic House / Palace

Gelligaer Road, Nelson, Treharris, CF46 6ER

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Llancaiach Fawr Manor stands proudly, as it has done since c1550, overlooking the Glamorgan Uplands. Step inside the Manor House restored and furnished as it would have been in 1645. All the furnishings in the rooms are accurate reproductions of items from the time of the Prichards

Llancaiach Fawr Manor was built originally in 1530 on the site where there stood an earlier medieval castle.

Colonel Edward Pritchard changed his allegiance in 1645 from the Royalist to the Parliamentarian cause and completely redecorated the interior of the castle. Once you step into the castle, it looks just like it did back in 1645 - time stands still. During the day, you can enjoy a tour with servants dressed in period costumes, giving you all the gossip about the area, the master himself and of course any events that may be happening in the area.

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 eeriest castles in the area.

Guide Prices

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.


Road Directions

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.

Accessible by Public Transport: Pengam station is 2 miles away.



  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors
  • Wheelchairs available


  • On-Site cafe/restaurant/catering
  • Picnic area
  • Refreshments Available

Children & Infants

  • Accept children all ages
  • Baby changing facilities

Establishment Features

  • Accept coach parties
  • Cater for groups
  • Conference facilities
  • Dogs Accepted
  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for corporate hospitality
  • Gift shop
  • Licenced for Weddings & Civil Partnerships
  • Public toilets

Key Features

  • Non smoking establishment

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (free)

Payment Methods

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted


Opening Times

* Tuesday to Sunday 10am - 5pm from January to 23 December.
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.


  • Other Awards Self-assessed Accessibility Information 2017
  • Visit Wales Visit Wales VAQAS 2017

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