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Plas Newydd House

A country house set in gardens, parkland and woodland on the north bank of the Menai Strait, Plas Newydd dates back to the 13th century, though the earliest parts of the current building were built in the early 16th century, and was eventually the country home of the Marquesses of Anglesey before ownership passed to the National Trust in 1976. The house now contains several exhibitions of items and artworks of historical importance. Among others, these include:

Military Museum

The Military Museum exhibits items and pictures of the 1st Marquess and his part in the Battle of Waterloo curated by the late 7th Marquess.

The Whistler mural

One of the largest murals in the United Kingdom, painted by artist Rex Whistler – one of the ‘bright young things‘ who had achieved considerable artistic significance before his untimely death at Normandy in 1944 aged only 39.

The Saloon

Once the main sitting room, and featuring fantastic views from its large bay window, The Saloon contains pastoral landscapes painted by the Flemish artist, Balthasar Paul Ommeganck, dating back to 1789. The Saloon also has a temporary collection of unfinished Whistler artworks.

The Gothick Hall

With a plaster ceiling painted to look like marble, and wooden columns designed to look like stone, The Gothick Hall can play tricks on the eyes. Its walls feature paintings which includ Van Dyck’s full-length portrait of the Duchess of Buckingham, Katherine Manners.

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Plas Newydd Garden

The garden features several distinct areas – all of which change significantly from season to season – from the bright and wild colours of the Sunroom Courtyard tulips in spring to the Japanese maples and other specimen trees which add colour to the autumn. Winter, however, is the perfect time to spot the garden’s resident red squirrels, with fur standing out against the subdued winter colours.

A walk around the garden at Plas Newydd is a journey of discovery – delivering a world of plants and trees to this corner of Anglesey, with secluded spots to take a moment and enjoy the views. There are also two hides along the paths by the Strait which allow visitors the opportunity to observe the varied birdlife, both in the woodland and along the shoreline.

Tall forest image with water in the background, vibrant autumn colours

Where is it?

Finding Plas Newydd is fairly simple from either bridge – simply join the A5 until the A4080 (Fford Brynsiencyn) and follow the road until you see the brown and white signposts which will direct you the short rest of the way. All in all, the journey is around ten minutes from the crossing to the site.

A sign pointing people to the direction of the Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path in North Wales, UK

Opening times

November to March
The site is partially open on Saturdays and Sundays until March, at which point it is partially open each day until April between the hours of 10:30am and 3:30pm.

April to October
The site is open daily between the hours of 10:00am and 5:00pm (though some areas of the house and garden open later than others and some close earlier)

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