Welsh Treasures: Houses, Land and Secrets on S4C

Trysorau Cymru: Tir, Tai a Chyfrinachau

Discover the secrets behind our houses and castles in a new series on S4C. Trysorau Cymru: Tir, Tai a Chyfrinachau (Treasures of Wales: Land, Houses and Secrets) looks into the stories hidden within the walls of six of our most historic houses in Wales and asks some important questions about their past – the good and the bad.

Leading us around these amazing places will be the comedian and presenter Tudur Owen – a self-confessed history geek – and Elinor Gray Williams, an architectural conservator in Caernarfon obsessed by history and old buildings. 

Filmed while these properties were closed to the public due to Covid19, the unique conditions offered Tudur and Elinor the opportunity to get under the architectural skin of these extraordinary places, meet the people who care for them and find out what happens when the doors are closed.

" There are stories of the eccentric and controversial characters who set out to build these ostentatious houses as a symbol of their grandeur and status. Despite their uncomfortable pasts, these buildings are a part of our history and tell an important story about our culture, our communities and our architecture. Without the work of the National Trust, it is possible that they would not still be standing today."
- Elinor Gray Williams
Tudur Owen, Elinor Grey Williams and Rhian Cahill in 'What a World! at Penrhyn Castle for S4C Trysorau Cymru
Sarah Johnson and Tudur Owen in the Clive Museum at Powis Castle for S4C Trysorau Cymru
Elinor Gray Williams and Rebecca Williams at the Laundry at Tredegar House for S4C Trysorau Cymru
Guto Roberts, Tudur Owen and Elinor Gray Williams at Chirk Castle for S4C Trysorau Cymru
Tudur Owen and Chloe Ward in Lord Anglesey's Study at Plas Newydd for S4C Trysorau Cymru
Bryn Hughes and Elinor Gray-Williams at Erddig for Trysorau Cymru