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Access guide

We make every effort to ensure that all our visitors have an enjoyable and memorable day. Where a physical barrier exists, because of the age and nature of the building, we have endeavoured to enhance the sensory experiences available to visitors throughout this fascinating building. In particular, the life of the servants in 1645 is brought alive by costumed interpreters who can give a personal touch to meeting the specific needs of visitors with disabilities.

If you have specific disabilities and feel that any additional support can help to ensure that you have an enjoyable visit, please contact us in advance.

Parking

dedicated blue badge parking is located near the main entrance to the Visitor Centre. Two wheelchairs are available for use by visitors. It is advisable to phone in advance to reserve their use.

Llancaiach Fawr Manor

The stone-built, semi fortified Manor House was erected in 1530. It was improved in the 1620’s when the grand staircase was added and it is furnished and laid out as it would have been in 1645, the year that Charles I visited Colonel Prichard. The ground floor is completely accessible to visitors with mobility difficulties or wheelchair users although the flag stone floors are uneven in places and care must be taken. The entrance hall or Cross Passage, the Kitchen and Servants’ Hall can be explored, where the smells of open fires and cooking, as well as the herbs drying on hooks ready to be used in food or herbal remedies waft through the rooms. The servants of the Manor will talk to you about their work and lives and show you some of the day-to-day activities that kept them from being idle! For those unable to ascend the grand staircase, the servant keeping an eye on who enters his master’s house will doubtless welcome the chance to sit a while and entertain guests.

Access to the upper floors of the Grade 1 Listed Manor may be limited for some visitors with mobility difficulties. The upper two floors are accessed via a wooden staircase and a spiral staircase and the rooms have steps at the entrances, some of which are irregular in height and tread depth. The wooden floors are uneven and care must be taken. The Great Hall, Parlour and the Master’s Bedchamber are on the first floor. On the second floor are located the Birthing Chamber, Mistress’ Chamber and the Colonel’s Study and his armoury.

Historic Gardens

The Manor House is surrounded by wheelchair accessible paths leading to recreated period gardens comprising a kitchen garden, orchard, formal knot gardens and a sensory garden especially planted with sweet smelling herbs and plants familiar to gardeners in the 17th century.

The Visitor Centre

Exhibition, Shop, Coffee Lounge, Restaurant and Function Room and Lavatories. All areas are completely accessible, the Function Room has a platform lift to the lower level and wheelchair accessible lavatories are located at both ends of the building. The exhibition covers the history of the Manor, families that have lived there and the Civil Wars of the 17th century. It incorporates visual information panels, audio inter-actives and hands on objects from the excavations during the restoration of the Manor.

Education Block

There is level access from the courtyard into all areas of the recently constructed Education Block. Wheelchair accessible lavatories are located within the building.