The Guest Keen

Here at The Guest Keen, we provide the perfect setting for any type of celebration or occasion. What could be better than our beautiful Grade II listed building with its own local history, and retaining features of its period. Here at The Guest Keen, we have spent many years helping people with many different special occasions from weddings to conferences, so please get in touch if you would like help planning your event.

The Guest Keen Team

Our History

The Guest Memorial Library and Reading Room (now known as The Guest Keen), was built in 1863 as a memorial to Sir Josiah John Guest, by Sir Charles Berry, who also designed part of the Houses of Parliament. The design was based on the Greek Parthenon and was originally being paid for by the Dowlais Workmen, at a cost of £2,200. The Guest Memorial was commissioned by Lady Charlotte Guest in memory of her husband.

As costs began to soar the Dowlais Iron Company took over completion of the building on the condition that it became their property, and they returned all money to the Trustees who used it to provide annual scholarships for the children taught in Dowlais schools. The library was eventually opened in 1863 at a total cost of £7,000.

Now a privately owned Grade II listed building, The Guest Keen is run by a hugely talented and dedicated work force. Having been in business at The Guest Keen since 2007, and with over a hundred years of combined knowledge and dedication to the hospitality, catering and events, The Guest Keen has gone from strength to strength, and will continue to do so for decades to come.

Weddings at

The Guest Keen

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, and precise planning is essential in order to create that perfect occasion. Our experienced staff pride themselves in offering that personal touch and attention to detail, to ensure that your day is unique and one to remember.

Occasions & Events

Our two function rooms are perfect for all kinds of parties & celebrations whether it a 21st or Golden Wedding Anniversary.

Our Upstairs room comfortably seats 150 people and also has a stage for entertainment alongside our Resident Disco with fantastic light show.

The Gold Room seats comfortably up to 70 people with a little extra in the
adjoining lounge area.

Stuck on a theme? We have a huge stock of in house decoration so speak with our team who will happily give you some advice and put together a package based on your requirements. We also have a huge list of suppliers from Photobooths, light up dance floors and casinos to make sure your party stands out from the crowd.

Get in Touch

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The Guest Keen

High Street, Dowlais

Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 3HA

01685 722236