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New York Cottages, Penmaenmawr

New York Cottages Museum, Penmaenmawr

Come and explore the incredible story of the development of the small coastal town of Penmaenmawr.

Built in the 1840's, these cottages were amongst the first properties built in Penmaenmawr to house quarry workers.

The Museum occupies both floors of the fourth cottage, and tells the fascinating story of the growth of Penmaenmawr as a quarrying town in the 19th century.

The museum is also developing an exciting exhibition for 2012 on the Graiglwyd Axe Factory, a 5,000 year old quarrying and stone-tool making site on Penmaenmawr mountain, just metres away from the modern quarry.

  • Find out why the cottages were called New York
  • Discover how Penmaenmawr became a major tourist resort popular with well known historical figures such as William E Gladstone, former prime minister.
  • Discover the 5,000 year history of stone working  industry in the area
  • Browse our many fascinating old photographs of the town, and enjoy our permanent and temporary exhibitions.


1st June-30th September:

  • Wednesday, Thursday, Friday  and Sunday 2.00 - 4.00
  • Groups throughout the year by appointment.




Fully wheelchair accessible.


From the centre of Penmaenmawr, ½ mile on the left, after the quarry conveyor.


Turn left after the cottages, before Maen Alaw, and immediately left into the Masonic Hall car park.


New York Cottages
Bangor Road, Penmaenmawr
LL34 6LE
Phone: (01492) 575535 / (01492) 621 462 (during opening hours)

Penmaenmawr Historical Society and Museum.
Registered Charity Number: 1148984

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Published: 13/07/2011    Last updated: 10/10/2012
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