Religiously glorious in glorious technicolour. Never judge a chapel, or a church for that matter, by its exterior. Step inside 17th-century Rug Chapel and prepare to be wowed by its decorative flourishes. If you’re a fan of minimalism, you may want to take a deep breath before entering. Its founder, the arch-Royalist Colonel William Salesbury, created a private chapel complete with high church pretensions and a zany style to counter puritanical notions of the time.
You can never have enough wood carvings or rose motifs. Colonel Salesbury was mad for them, whether it was on the altar rails, family pews, painted gallery or bench ends. A real show off in wood. It certainly grabbed the attention of Sir Edwin Lutyens. For reference, look up his Viceroy’s House in New Delhi, India.
Llangar Old Parish Church, a mile or so away, is a few centuries older in construction than Rug. Its whitewashed appearance hides wonders within. Inside, the 15th-century wall paintings still survive, thanks in part to the church making way for a new place of worship in Cynwyd in the 1850s.
1 April - 31 October 2013
Wednesday to Sunday 10.00am - 5.00pm
(Llangar Old Parish Church by prior arrangement with Rug custodian Wednesday to Sunday 12.30pm - 2.30pm)
Both sites are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays (except Bank Holiday weekends) between 1 April and 31 October.
Last admission 30 minutes before closing.
Adult - £3.40
Family - £10.20*
Senior citizens, students and children under 16 - £2.55
Disabled and companion - Am ddim/Free
*Admits 2 adults and all children under 16
Prices valid until 31 March 2014View all opening times and prices »
Postcode LL21 9BT
Road Rug Chapel: Off A494 2km/1.2mls N. West of Corwen. Llangar Old Parish Church: Follow A5 north-west towards B4401. 2km/1.2mls S. West of Corwen. The church is a walk of 300m/ 330 yards off the B4401.
Rail Rug Chapel/Llangar Old Parish Church: Wrexham 35km/22mls Chester - Shrewsbury line.
Bus Rug Chapel: Adjacent, route No 94, Wrexham - Barmouth. Llangar Old Parish Church: 2km/1.2mls, service 94 Wrexham - Dolgellau - Barmouth.
For further information, please contact: Traveline Cymru on 0871 200 2233 or National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50.