St. Mary’s is located in the very centre of Conwy – a beautiful medieval walled town set in an area of outstanding natural beauty. We are very much a town centre church, with a great teaching and musical tradition which draws people from far and wide. On Sunday 24th June, the weekly BBC Radio Wales Celebration service will be broadcast from here! Tune it at 7.30am.
St Mary’s hosts a hugely popular annual Classical Music Festival , embraces the visual arts and partners with Conwy Feast In 2017, we took our participation to a whole new level with the Feast of Light
This week we are open to visitors:
Monday 10am – 4pm
Tuesday 10am – 4pm [there will be a funeral service here at 2.30pm om 5th June so the church will be closed for general visiting until after the service, when it will re-open until 4pm.]
Wednesday 12pm – 4pm [service of midweek communion at 11am]
Thursday 10am – 4pm
Friday 10am – 4pm
Saturday 10am – 12pm
Join us for worship ..
Sundays at 11.00am
A warm welcome is guaranteed, with thought-provoking sermons and beautiful worship in our stunning historic setting. St. Mary’s is a growing and diverse community. We’re pleased to have just installed a new young children’s area. Our music includes a church choir of adults, a junior choir of children and a talented worship group of varied instruments at all-age services. Click here for details of forthcoming services and events.
Wednesdays at 11.00am
Communion – a peaceful chance to reflect and re-connect with God in the middle of the week.
Volunteering Opportunities …
St Mary’s is such special place of historical and spiritual significance, that in 2018 we are set to make our opening hours more consistent for the thousands of visitors who come and experience all it has to offer. Being on the Visitor Welcome Team is a great way of making friends and meeting people from all over the world. Why not consider joining our team? Details here.
Brief History ..
For its history alone, the church is widely acknowledged as one of the most significant in North Wales – older than Conwy castle! St. Mary’s originated as the church of the Cistercian Abbey of St. Mary and All Saints, Aberconwy, founded about 1190. This was the principal religious centre of the princes of Gwynedd during the last century of Welsh independence. Following the conquest by Edward 1, the Abbey was moved up river to Maenan, and the church was rebuilt to become the parish church of the new fortified borough of Conwy.
Things to see ..
This ancient church has lots for visitors to see. Our great band of volunteers open the church over the summer months, and enjoy showing visitors (who come from all over the world) such treasures as a medieval processional cross, the stunning 15th century delicately carved rood screen, the font dating back to early Tudor times, beautiful stained glass windows (including two from the workshop of Pre-Raphaelite artist Burne-Jones) – and a 17th century slab inscribed to a Nicholas Hookes, his father’s 41st child!
Contact Details ..
Local Wardens: Heather Addison (01492 572 924) and Vivien Wakely (01492 593 499)
Church Hall Enquiries: Vivien Wakely (01492 593 499)
Choir and Conwy Classical Music Festival: Chris Roberts (01492 592 166) ChrisRobz03@aol.com
Useful links ..