Plas Newydd is a country house set in gardens, parkland and surrounding woodland on the north bank of the Menai Strait, near Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, Anglesey, Wales. The current building has its origins in 1470, and evolved over the centuries to become one of Anglesey's principal residences. Owned successively by Griffiths, Baylys and Pagets, it became the country seat of the Marquesses of Anglesey, and the core of a large agricultural estate. The house and grounds, with views over the strait and Snowdonia, are open to the public, having been owned by the National Trust since 1976.

Plas Newydd was remodelled by John Cooper of Beaumaris in 1783-6 and between the 1790s and 1820s by James Wyatt and his assistant, Joseph Potter of Lichfield. Their client was Henry, Earl of Uxbridge; his son Henry, who lost a leg at Waterloo, was created 1st Marquess of Anglesey. Architecturally, Plas Newydd belongs to the early 19th century and the ‘cult of styles’, cheerfully mixing Neo-classical and picturesque Gothick. Still, it is very much rooted in the 1930s, when the 6th Marquess of Anglesey refurbished the house and employed Rex Whistler to create an immense Italianate dining room mural. Aside from the mural, the interior is mainly Neo-classical with very good examples of late 18th-century Gothick work in the hall and music room. Outside, the sinuous shape of the landscape, framed by drifts of trees and shrubs, was set out by the leading designer of the period, Humphry Repton.



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Founded: 1793
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in United Kingdom


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Paul Garrett (3 months ago)
Very interesting National Trust property with extensive grounds, good café and shop, with large car park. Grounds are dog friendly but not the house. Touring the house gave an interesting historical insight to the family who lived there. Some areas are being restored. Stunning Whistler wall mural which is in excellent condition. Staff friendly, knowledgeable and helpful, I would recommend a visit.
Matt Smith (4 months ago)
Wonderful house with a fascinating history. Beautiful grounds with the chance of seeing a red squirrel if you're lucky. Great cafe which offers a range of food including gluten free and vegan options.
Amy Ellis (4 months ago)
Great visit to Plas Newydd, we arrived around lunchtime after another visit in the area and were able to park easily. We had a fabulous time, the views are stunning and all of the volunteers inside the house were extremely knowledgeable, friendly and passionate, in particular their gentleman who spent a long time interacting with visitors over the Whistler painting. We could have spent a day exploring and would definitely return.
Louise Bentley (4 months ago)
We've visited this National Trust house many times and we always enjoy our visit. A beautiful house with the famous Whistler Mural ... We find something new in it every visit. The terraced gardens are beautiful (especially in August). The Menai views are gorgeous and the woodland walks are perfect for a bit of forest bathing and maybe a sighting of a red squirrel or two (we've seen a few). Good parking (including some for motorhomes) but it can get busy and you may end up on grass. There's a Cafe, kiosk (next to the house) and a shop too.
Claire Cronin (All Things Dark & Dirty) (4 months ago)
Part of the National Trust now, beautiful house and gardens with plenty to see and do for the family! Lots of space to park, nice gift shop and cafe. Dogs are allowed everywhere apart from in the house and the terrace gardens. Staff were very knowledgeable and helpful, loved hearing about the history - renovations are still a work in progress. The Whistler mural was awesome! Loved walking around the grounds with the dogs, there was extra entertainment put on for the kids dotted around the place with it being school holidays on top of the frisbee golf you can do! Didn’t manage to see any of the red squirrels whilst we were there unfortunately, It was very busy whilst we were there, but there was enough room for everyone without it feeling overcrowded. Highly recommended for a visit!
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