St. Mary’s Church is in the heart of Conwy town, and it’s been a place of continuous worship for over 850 years. It’s a place of historical and spiritual significance, the site of Aberconwy Abbey and older than Conwy castle!
After a season of having to shut in 2020, we’re excited to open for a 10-week ‘high summer’ season in 2021 with our fully trained welcome team! If you would like to join our team contact us here to find out what is involved.
The Butterfly Project
This summer is a very particular time in our history – the moment when we are taking the first, tentative steps out of the ‘chrysalis’ of confinement and protection. Just as the butterfly has become transformed through the darkness, we can emerge changed by our experience of the pandemic. But before we experience the total freedom of extending our wings, we are still fragile. Each beautiful, created and known by God. This was the inspiring idea of artist Jackie Ley’s, to allow all our visitors to record their feelings about the pandemic and their prayers on squares cut from OS maps, then made into origami butterflies and hung aloft in St Mary’s Conwy. We have also run workshops in local schools, as children and young people have been able to express their feelings, know the desires of their hearts are known to God and be encouraged to have hope in the future. He hears us when we pray.
Opening times for visitors during summer 2021:
22 June – 30 August (closed to visitors Saturday 28th August, open Monday 30th)
Tuesday – Saturday 12pm – 4pm
Self-guided tours of the church and graveyard, a chance to see and contribute to an amazing ‘butterfly’ art installation and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of this ancient house of prayer.
On Thursdays throughout the season there will be a lunchtime classical concert 12.30pm – 1.30pm, with general visiting 2pm – 4pm. Click on the above link for more details and tickets
Over the last two years, between March and October we have greeted a growing number of visitors (over 16,000 visitors in 2018, and 21,000 in 2019). When the volunteers talk about the time they have given, their most memorable experiences are the joy of meeting people from around the world, making new friends and enjoying a great community spirit.
Together, we have won accolades from our visitors by winning Trip Advisor awards for excellence in 2019, and the coveted ‘Travellers’ choice’ award in 2020.