Up a steep hill from the town, this striking house with its formal gardens is not so much a museum as a tribute to an extraordinary way of life. Eleanor Butler and Sarah Ponsonby – known as the Ladies of Llangollen – escaped their wealthy Irish families to live together in this rural cottage in 1780. Renowned for wearing riding habits and men’s top hats, the ladies turned the house into a Gothic marvel with stained glass windows and wood carvings giving it a small stately-home feel. Over time they attracted the interest of the period’s great names – visitors included the Duke of Wellington, Shelley, Byron, and Wordsworth who wrote a sonnet about them. Now, Plas Newydd is a perfect time capsule and a gentle testament to remarkable lives lived.
Plas NewyddA sublime little house telling the story of the Ladies of Llangollen
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Address: Hill St, Llangollen LL20 8AW
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