Conwy, St Mary's and All Saints Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Mausoleum of early Welsh princes
St Mary's was built around 1190 for the monks of Aberconwy Abbey. The princes of Gwynedd favoured Aberconwy, and many early medieval princes were buried here. After Edward I's invasion of north Wales the abbey was moved to Maenan, and St Mary's was rebuilt to serve as the parish church for Edward's new fortified town at Conwy.
Though the building we see today is largely 12th century, with a 15th century carved screen and a later Tudor font. Because of its size and connection with the Welsh princes, it is considered one of the most important medieval buildings in north Wales.
Finding St Mary's is very easy; the church is well signposted from all major streets around Conwy and is only a few minutes stroll from the castle. Unfortunately, the church is regularly open to visits, which seems a real shame given its historic significance. When we visited there was no sign suggesting where we might find a keyholder, and no indication of any opening times.
About Conwy, St Mary's and All Saints Church
Address: Conwy, Gwynedd, Wales
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: In the town centre, off the A547. Well signposted. Not usually open.
Website: Conwy, St Mary's and All Saints Church
OS: SH781 776
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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