17th Century Rug Chapel

The stunning stained glass windows of Rug Chapel in North Wales.  

Rug Chapel is a rare example of a little altered private 17th century chapel.  It was founded in 1637 by Colonel William Salisbury [1580-1660].  He collaborated with Bishop William Morgan, who was the first person to translate the Bible into Welsh.

Built in a lovely woodland setting, the private chapel appears, externally, to be very plain and simple.  It was constructed in stone, with entry through a west heavy oak door.

But be prepared for a big surprise when you enter the interior of the chapel.  To the left is a wooden staircase leading to a gallery.

The visitor has a stunning vista of the ornate and richly decorated chapel in glorious technicolour.  The spectacular roof is ornately decorated throughout with intertwining rose motifs, panelled and coloured from end to end, decked with cut-out angels, and lined with a frieze of flowers and beasts. 

Carved animals bedeck the  ends of the pews.

The nave is separated from the chancel with a low rood screen. 

A rare 17th century wall painting with recumbent skeleton, skull and hourglass reminds viewers (in Welsh verse) that time flies by and life is short, a sobering reminder of mortality. 

The chapel has been maintained since 1990 by Cadw, the historic environment service of the Welsh Assembly Government.
27 March – 31 October 
Tuesday — Wednesday 10am–5pm
Last admission 30 minutes before closing
1 November 2018 – 31 March 2019 CLOSED

Admission costs

Adult – £4.00
Family – £11.60*
Member – Am ddim/Free
Disabled and companion – Am ddim/Free

Student and children under 16 – £2.40
Senior Citizen – £3.20


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  1. A place of quiet reflection and respite. Lovely.

  2. Lucky you. I can imagine the ambiance. When we were living in Harwich, my wife and I used to drive over to many places like that – almost every other day. I will keep Rug Chapel in my list. Thanks for sharing those pictures. Jo xoxox

    • You’re welcome, Jo. Yes there’s some beautiful little churches and chapels. I’ve been to a few, but there’s a lot more on my list I hope you manage to get to Rhug.

  3. Izzy, Your camera has caught the essence of that sacred place.

  4. Oh that is a beauty, Lizzie, that’s a must to visit, thank you for sharing, I am always a amazed at what is out there still to be explored….wonderful 🙂 Lynne

  5. Wow, I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a beautiful chapel, absolutely loved the carved animals 😀😀😀

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