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The WYnnstay Arms B&B

A warm welcome awaits you at The Wynnstay Arms, a traditional 17th century grade II listed coaching inn set in the centre of Llangollen and within walking distance of many local attractions, shops, restaurants and cafes.

Come and enjoy our selection of real ales and quality wines in olde world surroundings and be warmed by our real log fire. Our unique friendly atmosphere and friendly staff and locals will see you wanting to visit time and time again.

We boast a large, child friendly beer garden to wind away those long summer months and with regular entertainment there really is something for everyone.

We also offer conformable bed and breakfast, all rooms are en-suite, and with our location set in the heart of Llangollen we offer a great base to explore Llangollen and the surrounding area.

We look forward to welcoming you at The Wynnstay Arms and sharing the last traditional coaching inn left in Llangollen.


The Wynnstay Arms is a coaching inn, built in the 17th century. The steps up to the entrance formed a mounting block for horse riders and are still there to this day. Until the early 20th century it was known as the Eagles Inn, so named from the spread eagle that formed part of the coat of arms of Sir Watkin Williams Wynn of Wynnstay who owned the land. In the alehouse register of 1752 John Simon is recorded as being the landlord, but by the 1830s the inn had passed into the hands of Thomas Pugh and his wife Margaret. In 1845 Thomas Pugh died and Margaret continued as landlady until around 1860 before handing over to their son Samuel, who’s wife Sarah had died 8 years before.

Samuel Pugh continued at the Eagles Inn for another 30 years, marrying for a second time to Mary. Samuel died in 1890 and Mary ran the inn for another 5 years before selling to Godfrey Tamlyn Allen. In the same year of 1895 their granddaughter Sara Corwena Magdalena Pugh Jones was born to their daughter Anne and her husband John Ivor Jones. Sara Pugh Jones went on to become well known in Llangollen and was founder and publisher of the Tuesday Review newspaper.

Godfrey Allen was a well known figure in the town and had previously been landlord of the Ponsonby Arms. His father was mentioned by George Borrow in his book Wild Wales as Mr A___ and he himself was an expert on angling in the Dee valley and local history. After his death in 1908 his widow Alice stayed at the hotel for another 11 years before selling the premises for £1900.

Now back in the hands of a family from Llangollen The Wynnstay Arms is a popular place for locals and tourists alike to meet to enjoy a drink and traditional pub grub using local ingredients including all meat coming from the local Abbey Farm in Llangollen.

The Wynnstay Arms still maintains many of the original features from years gone by, stepping into the Wynnstay Arms is like stepping back in time!

Contact Details

Address: The Wynnstay Arms
Bridge Street
LL20 8PF
Telephone 01978860710

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This page was last updated: 29 September 2015

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