The Smallest House in Great Britain

smallest house in britain

by Katie Davies

In Conwy (a small town on the North coast of Wales) there is a building which claims to be the smallest house in Great Britain. It’s known as the Quay House and stands at only 10 feet 2 inches tall with a floor area of only 10 by 6 feet. It has been occupied since the 16th century, but is now only used as a tourist attraction. I include a picture of me outside the house for scale. I am only 5 feet 3 inches tall and had to stoop slightly to enter the door. Amazingly the last resident of the house was a foot taller than me, 6 feet 3 inches, little wonder then that he abandoned it!

There’s more information on the smallest house on the Conwy Castle website Britain.html

Thanks so much for the very entertaining blog, I especially like the ‘Tiny House in a Landscape’ feature, always such beautiful pictures!



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Ben - December 14, 2012 Reply

It’s awesome. I’ve been there. When I stand next to the door I can touch the upstairs window with easy.


Angela Parson Myers - December 14, 2012 Reply

I wouldn’t even have to stoop! : – )

observer - December 14, 2012 Reply

Yeah, something from my own country. I love this house.

Carolyn B - December 15, 2012 Reply

I’m in a wheelchair so that’s just my height. The front door even looks wide enough. 🙂

donatella - December 15, 2012 Reply

It gets thousands of visitors a year paying a fee to peek inside! Seems like any of our ‘tiny houses’ could be used to make money too! 🙂 Just paint it a neat color, lace curtains, make it look old and quaint and voila! You have a money-maker!

    alice h - December 15, 2012 Reply

    I love the way there’s a stove and fireplace built into the hearth.

    jipsi - December 16, 2012 Reply

    Thanks, Sandra, for the link to the Google images… I spent HOURS there last night, especially enjoyed seeing this little house in the older images and postcards, over the years. I learned a alot more than just what is here: that it is, with other homes, built up against the castle walls, and, in this case, right up against a huge circular building (the name of these was on the tip of my tongue but I just LOST it, dammit!)… Also, that it overlooks the ‘quay’, or harbor/ocean (very picturesque, AND nice views from the inside too!)… that it can usually be viewed (interior) from the doorway, but some folk were lucky enough to go all the way in (a few steps, lol) and even UPSTAIRS, just about big enough of a ‘room’ to accomodate one single bed! It has only been this bright red the past few years, up until 2009 or so, it was a fairly neutral beige/peach color.
    Really enjoyed this article, and the comments that resulted.. 😉

Frogmore - December 16, 2012 Reply

Wish we could see the inside. Does anyone else have any inside pics maybe?

    jipsi - December 16, 2012 Reply

    Follow Sandra’s link )above); peruse the images, you’ll find the odd three or four that seem to be all that’s available, most of the inside front room past and present, with two of the upstairs ‘room’ (shows the iron headboard of the single bed, a small stand beside it, various angles between the two I found)… One would THINK the ‘site’ for the place would provide more in-depth pics of the downstairs and upstairs rooms, but maybe they (those in charge of the ‘tourism’ details) want people to VISIT IN PERSON to see that, as there’s really not a lot else this little house has to offer, in the way of being an ‘attraction’, eh? 😉

MelD - December 17, 2012 Reply

I just mentioned this to my 96 yr old granny, sitting across from me here. Even before I showed her the photos, she immediately remembered having seen it many, many years ago…
How cool is that?!

Actually, her house that she has lived in for 75 years is not much bigger, like most English houses, and today we were looking at a picture of the house she grew up in – two bedrooms upstairs, a kitchen and parlour downstairs, inhabited by a family of 11.


paul lunemann - December 17, 2012 Reply

Are there pictures of the inside?/or floorplans?

Tom Jarvis - February 9, 2013 Reply

Amazing ! I remember it well when visiting Conway on a School Geography trip some 40 years ago !!!

Grayson - May 30, 2013 Reply

It’s definitely the Smallest house in England!!!

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