Llanrwst Cottages

Llanrwst is a historic market town in the Conwy Valley located between Betws-y-Coed to the south and Llandudno to the north. The town grew around wool and at one time it was the eighth-largest town in Wales; today it has around 3,000 inhabitants.

A major feature is the narrow three-arch stone bridge over the River Conwy with the ivy-clad Tu Hwnt i'r Bont National Trust tearooms on the western side. The bridge was built in 1636, reputedly designed by Inigo Jones. The bridge leads to Gwydir Castle, set within a Grade 1 listed, 10-acre garden; built around 1500, Gwydir is a fine example of a Tudor courtyard house, incorporating re-used medieval material from the dissolved Abbey of Maenan.

The Llanrwst Almshouses were constructed in 1610 to house poor people of the parish and were restored in 1996 as a museum of local history. One of the world's most spectacular gardens, Bodnant is situated to the north of Llanrwst. It features huge Italianate terraces and formal lawns on its upper level, with a wooded valley, stream and wild garden below.

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