A historic house adventure at Llancaiach Fawr Manor

We are the Neale family from Saffron Walden in Essex. Mum, dad, daughter aged 9 and son aged 7. Recently we visited the interactive Llancaiach Fawr Manor in South Wales, which is a restored house from the Civil War period. 

No ordinary visit

We knew we were going to have a wonderfully interactive day at Llancaiach Fawr Manor when we were presented with a letter as our ticket for entry, to make sure we were of noble enough birth to be allowed in the house. 

This was to be no ordinary visit. We were greeted by the prospector for the house, who was in charge of the Manor while the owner, Lord Pritchard was involved in the Civil War. All the servants stayed in character throughout our visit, and because of this we were able to really get a feel for how families would have lived in 1645. 

My kids loved taking part in all the activities from playing musical instruments, to making candles in the house’s Great Hall. In fact, their favourite parts of the day were where they were allowed to get really hands on. My son enjoyed visiting the armoury and holding a real sword. My daughter was keener on the more thoughtful activity of candle-making. There was something for us all, even my husband and I got to dance!

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