Historic Houses' members visit free. Interested in joining? Find out more.

Overview

Stradey Castle, near Llanelli, is the home of the Mansel Lewis family. The present House has remained virtually unchanged since it was built by the family in around 1850.

The House is surrounded by parkland and a woodland garden containing a large collection of trees and shrubs; these frame the lovely view across the estuary to Gower and provides seclusion and privacy to the House.

This Grade II* heritage property is now available as an exclusive venue for a number of tailor-made events each year, most notably wedding receptions, but also celebration lunches and teas and outdoor events.

Heritage Tours of the House, which contains a fine collection of Victorian Art, and grounds are a regular feature. It is also possible to book a private group tour.


Opening
Opening

2019

April to September: first and third Sundays.

27 October15 and 22 December.

Guided tours only, at 2.30pm.

£2.50 to include tea.

Appointment

Our Heritage Tours allow you to visit Stradey Castle and learn all about its fascinating history.

Tours will nearly always be conducted by the present owner – Patrick Mansel Lewis – and must be pre-booked. Please visit the Heritage Tours page.

Find Us
Find us

Driving
Stradey Castle is 2 miles from the centre of Llanelli, South Wales. The entrance is 0.5 miles on the left driving from the Furnace mini-roundabout on the B4308 to Trimsaran. 

Public Transprot
We are 2 miles from Llanelli Railway Station. The 197 bus from the bus station stops near the top of our drive, Monday to Saturday, every 2 hours.

Cycling
We are close to Llanelli's Millenium Coastal path, Sustrans route 4.
 

  • Offers bike storage
Taxi

Master Cabs 01554 777111

Admission
Admission

Historic house members visit for free. 

We kindly ask members who visit to make a small contribution (£2.50 per head) for the home-made tea we serve at the end of our tours.

Tour of the House and tea:
Adult: £10
Concession: £8
Child/Student: £5

Tour of the House, Gardens and tea: 
Adult: £12
Concessions: £10 
Child/Student: £7

More admission details

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Accessible parking
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
Group Visits
Group Visits

Private tours of the house can be arranged with the owners and tailored to the needs and interests of the group.

£9 per person, including light refreshments. A minimum of £120 per tour on weekdays, and £150 per tour at weekends and on weekday evenings, is required.

We can accomodate up to 50 people at a time. 

Find out more.


A word from the owner

We were the venue for the Dr Who Christmas Special in 2011, when Matt Smith was the good doctor. We have also thoroughly enjoyed welcoming; Alexander Armstrong, Dan Stevens, Jack Whitehall, Diana Rigg and David Suchet here in recent years.

Fun Facts
We have a very personal collection of Victorian Art created and collected by the current owner's Great Grandfather and his friend Hubert Herkomer. The House is largely unchanged since he added a grand oak staircase and Lantern above, an artist's studio (above a billiard room) and crenelated tower.
 

Weddings

Stradey Castle offers a highly exclusive venue for wedding  receptions and celebrations for discerning couples seeking a wedding event which is bespoke, unique and tailor-made for them.

When you arrive at Stradey for your wedding reception, you and up to 110 guests will have private use of the grand, formal rooms within  our heritage home and the terrace garden which surrounds it, before moving to your chosen marquee closeby in a secluded setting with stunning views across to Gower. Unlike other more 'corporate' wedding venues in the area, we offer you a 2 day 'set up' period to  decorate your marquee.

Scott Davis and his partner, Kirsty Manning, of Strawberry Shortcake, will cater for your wedding reception. They will share their passion for high quality, locally sourced food and exemplary service. We will help you choose and then organise a marquee within the space provided on our former grass tennis court adjacent to the terrace. 

The Bridal Suite

Couples have the option of staying in our newly redecorated Blue Room, complete with its magnificent tester bed, and adjacent to its recently refurbished bathroom. Our neighbours, the Stradey Park Hotel, can accommodate your family and friends. There are also a number of other hotels within a short distance.

Please note wedding receptions are possible from April to September only.

Facilities

  • Suppliers list
  • Guest parking
  • Wedding planner
  • Accessible parking
  • Bridal suite

"Your property was beautiful and I would highly recommend it to others for their wedding. We were particularly fond of the flexibility and ability to make the day unique with your venue."

Bride and Groom


Corporate Hire

Corporate events

We have elegant ground floor rooms for small groups and conferences, with facilities to offer light refreshments: eg tea and buffet lunches.
 
The grounds, woodland, river and parkland are ideal for team building events.

Facilities

  • Wifi
  • Plentiful parking
  • Lunch
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Refreshments

School Visits

Stradey Castle is a rare example of a 'set piece' Victorian house which has been in the same family for 5 generations and is a wonderful place for schools to visit. Our 'behind the scenes tour' is particularly special, because very little has been disposed of, it is possible to get a good idea of how the house would have functioned more than 100 years ago. 

We can offer guided visits, by appointment, to Primary and Secondary school children and art student groups. These tours will be run by either Patrick or Claire Mansel Lewis.

Pupils may eat their packed lunch at the house.