Tredegar House

Tredegar House is a magnificent Restoration Period mansion in Newport, South East Wales. It was the home of the Morgan family up until 1951 when it was sold to the Sisters of Saint Joseph. Since 1974 it has been owned by Newport City Council. In April 2012 the National Trust took over the management of the property.

My name is Steff Ellis. I have worked for Newport City Council at Tredegar House as a Learning Facilitator and Tour Guide and have been involved in the care and conservation of the House and its collections. I recently was employed by the National Trust during the takeover of the property. I currently work as a Heritage Interpreter and Learning Facilitator in South Wales.

This WordPress Blog is a personal one. The views expressed here are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Trust or Newport City Council. My other blog “Gwentydd” takes a look at local heritage sites and issues in a wider context.


11 responses to “Tredegar House

  • visitinghousesandgardens

    Hi Steff. I saw the Emile’s NT’s post on Tredegar House and am delighted to find your blog as I’ll definitely be visiting on a long overdue Wales tour next year. Looking forward to hearing more…

    • Steff Ellis

      Thanks. It is a great place and everyone connected with Tredegar House is very proud of it. I am not absolutely certain of the dates that the House will be open yet, but I suspect it will be in March. We started the Christmas event today and there seemed to be quite a few NT members taking the opportunity to have a quick preview. See you next year, if not before!

  • visitinghousesandgardens


    Next week I post our very sketchy south wales itinerary and I’ll be interested to see if you have anywhere extra to suggest!

  • visitinghousesandgardens

    Monday, 9 April (Easter Monday). Official. I am currently doing the itinerary and it seems you’re open.

    What times?

    The NT 2012 book is very sketchy, just saying ‘new place, so may be very busy’ and ‘visit website for opening arrangements’.

    Thanks Steff.

    • Steff Ellis

      Wonderful. I will be there in some capacity. Last week I officially started work with the National Trust at Tredegar House. As you can imagine, we are expecting to be quite busy, and as there are plenty of changes going on at the moment, I can’t recommend the best time to call in. Don’t quote me on this, but I believe the idea is that the House will be open seven days a week from 11.00 to 4.00. However, that is not official and it could well change. It is a very interesting time here and absolutely fascinating for me to be involved in the changeover. I’m looking forward to seeing what you think of the place. Steff

  • Linda Luevano

    Hello! I am a descendant of Morgan Morgan who immigrated to America in the late 1600’s. I am about to embark on a trip of a lifetime that begins in London Sept 1, 2013. In my planning, I stumbled upon this most FANTASTIC news…Tredegar house is now open for touring!!!! It is beyond my capacity for goosebumps! I am booked at the Holiday Inn Express the 20-22 of September and am truly counting on this as THE highlight of my trip. Are you working on any of these days? I would love to meet you and get all the insight to the grand house and to somehow see the Tudor portion as it is some of the earliest portion of the house. I am sooooo sorry I will not be able to join in the 1930 weekend festivities that the historical group puts on. I can’t manage to be there those dates.
    Also am trying to figure a way to see Ruperra and Pencoed Castles as it seems research puts these in the Morgan Family at one time. I know they are closed to the public, (sure wish they would let me in as family)! LOL
    Do you know how far these are logistically from Tredegar House?
    It seems by reading your posts that you are THE MAN who knows all things in the area of our shared history. Were you born in Newport? Seems you know quite a bit about it if you haven’t had a life time there.
    Thank you for taking the time to read and hopefully answer these many questions.
    An American cousin, Linda

    • Steff Ellis

      Hello Linda. How wonderful for you. It sounds like you have a very exciting trip ahead of you. Yes, Tredegar House is open, although it has been open to the public since 1974 when it was bought by Newport Council who have spent decades restoring many of the rooms after years of neglect. Just over a year ago the Council leased the property to the National Trust who have extended the opening times considerably. Ruperra and Pencoed aren’t very far away.Accessibility depends on whether you will be renting a car or not. Otherwise, a mixture of public transport, walking and / or taxis will get you close to them. Pencoed and Ruperra are ruins in private hands however. Other properties connected with the Gwent and Glamorgan Morgans include Llanrumney, Llantarnam, Penllwyn Sarph, Brecon castle, Y Dderw and more.
      Thank you for the compliments, but I am a newbie when it comes to the Morgans of Tredegar House, there are many who know far more than I do.

  • Mary Kathleen (Katie) Burton

    Rowland Morgan is my 13th great-grandfather. But what surprises me the most is that my grand-mother is a Morgan and it is a sort of kind of direct line to them. Also that I am related to a pirate. Also that my ancestors home is still there for me to hopefully come visit one day. Also is there any books or paperwork I could find on the Morgan’s and how they came to be in America?

    • Steff Ellis

      That’s wonderful. I’m afraid I can’t think of any books on the Morgans in America.

      G. Blacker Morgan’s ” Historical and Genealogical Memoirs of the Morgan Family as Represented in the Peerage of England by the Right Hon. the Baron Tredegar” is a possibility, but I wouldn’t like to comment on its reliability. I know some of the volunteers at Tredegar House have found it useful.

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