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The project to reinterpret Aberconwy House

Exterior architecture at Aberconwy House, Wales
Exterior architecture at Aberconwy House, Wales | © National Trust Images/Matthew Antrobus

Find out how we’re reinterpreting the last surviving merchant house to be able to share the stories of this special place with all visitors. The house is an important part of the local community and we’re involving different stakeholders to help develop the plans. Discover more about the changes as the project develops.

Why is a project needed?

Aberconwy House has seen many changes in display or interpretation since the mid-1990s. The way museums and heritage buildings are enjoyed by all visitors has also changed. We’re seeing more family visits and we’d like to take a different approach to sharing the fascinating history of this special place. We also want to act as a space for the local community to use.

Why is Aberconwy House so special?

A Conwy landmark

Built in the 14th century, Aberconwy House is the only surviving medieval merchant's house in Conwy. It consists of two lower floors of stone which support a half-timbered upper storey that jetties out over the street.

Little is known about the early history of the house but it came into the care of the National Trust in 1934. It was previously purchased by Alexander Campbell Blair who saved it from being packed up and shipped to the United States of America.

Detail of exterior architecture at Aberconwy House, Wales
Detail of exterior architecture at Aberconwy House, Wales | © National Trust Images/Matthew Antrobus

How will we complete the work?

A fresh perspective

Aberconwy House has had many uses over the years as a social place in the bustling town of Conwy. We are working with the community, partners and stakeholders to develop the future use of this special place. Aberconwy is an important building in the local community and serving that community will be at the heart of our plans going forward. Please check back for any more updates about the development of Aberconwy House.

Latest updates

August 2021

A spring clean

While the house was closed to visitors, the conservation work didn’t stop. The team of staff and volunteers were busy caring for this special place. Work included cleaning the windows, washing the doors, sweeping the steps. Plants were brought into to the house to help bring it to life. The work helps to ensure this remarkable landmark continues to wow visitors in Conwy's Castle Street. 

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