At the Llantrisant Art Gallery in the ancient hill town of Llantrisant, South Wales you will be blown away by the range and beauty of locally made arts and crafts. All sourced and curated by Becky Hughes-Williams the owner whose flair for design and style is really magical.
On entering you will be impressed by swathes of colourful and imaginative displays of art, craft and jewellery items in rich and inviting presentations.
If you are shopping for gifts you will find handmade felted bags, silk and hand-dyed scarves, fun mugs, unique prints, original paintings with a Welsh theme, hosts of arty cards, hand-decorated trinket boxes, candles and stunning ceramics of all kinds – not to mention artisanal Welsh jewellery.
But that’s not all! The gallery itself has two further floors where local artists have their open studios. Take time to watch them at their work – be it weaving, floristry, pottery or painting.
The gallery has had many lives and was originally the first ever workhouse built in Glamorgan in 1784 and has also been a shoe-factory.
Sitting in its central position in the famous Bull Ring at the heart of the town the gallery is surrounded by other specialist luxury and art and craft shops such as –
Indian Summer and
Pink Zebra as well as the old fashioned
The New Inn and the Butcher’s Arms Gallery (for its coffee shop and interior decor range).
You can enjoy a wonderful morning or afternoon exploring Llantrisant (here is the My Llantrisant Facebook Page link –http://www.facebook.com/messages/227660527334279#!/My.Llantrisant ) (visit the parish church built in the 11th century on a sacred site dating back to the 9th century, and make sure to admire the imposing William Price statue (the pioneer of cremation) that stands in from of the gallery. Take a tour of the Llantrisant castle ruins originally built in the 13th century), buying beautiful gifts and then retiring for a coffee and cake when your feet are tired!
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