ClwydTREFRIWStMary(llywelyn2000CC-BY-SA4.0)1 Llywelyn2000

St Mary

It’s said that a church was founded here c1230 by Llywelyn Fawr, Prince of Wales, to avoid the walk to the church at Llanrhychwyn.

Trefriw, Clwyd

Opening times

Open daily 10am to 5pm.


LL27 0UJ

The original structure was rebuilt in the 15th and 16th centuries, and restored in the 19th. The ornately carved pulpit dates from 1633 and the font possibly from the previous century.

Llywelyn and Joan are depicted in stained glass in the church, in a pair of windows created in the 1930s. Also commemorated here is Evan Evans (1795 to 1855), a bard who was skilled at many styles of poetry and prose. His bardic name was Ieuan Glan Geirionydd, and he grew up on a farm near Trefriw. He first studied at the school in St Mary’s Church, then at the free Llanrwst grammar school. The family fell into poverty when farm rents were raised. Evan became a priest in Cheshire and returned to Trefriw for the last three years of his life. He won chairs at eisteddfodau, edited periodicals, wrote hymns and translated philosophical books. His grave is in the churchyard.

Local historian Morris Jones wrote in 1879 that ministers had neglected the church, where the congregation had dwindled, before the Rev John Gower arrived (in 1869). The rector (pictured left) held services in Welsh and English on Sunday mornings, Sunday school at 2pm and, in the summer, evening sermons in English and Welsh. Hundreds of people from outside Trefriw came to listen, and the church was overfull.

  • Wildlife haven

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Social heritage stories

  • National heritage here

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Famous connections

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Steps to enter the church or churchyard

  • Ramp or level access available on request

  • Parking within 250m

  • On street parking at church

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Dog friendly

  • Café within 500m

  • Bus stop within 100m

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Church in Wales

Contact information

Other nearby churches

St Rhychwyn

Llanrhychwyn, Gwynedd

This old, remote, pilgrim church is best reached on foot.

St Grwst

Llanrwst, Gwynedd

Hello, we are St Grwst church, dating from the early 15th century and located in the heart of Wales in the tranquil market town of Llanrwst.