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  • Cadw Welsh Government

Abbey, £2.60-£4.50

Valle Crucis Abbey

Valle Crucis Abbey

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Details

Majestic medieval abbey was legendary for its lavish feasts

Valle Crucis was truly Welsh from the moment it was founded in 1201 by Prince Madog ap Gruffydd and the ‘white monks’ of the Cistercian order.

Its Latin name (Valley of the Cross) refers to the nearby ninth-century Pillar of Eliseg, erected for the glory of a Welsh chieftain. Monks had names like Tudur and Hywel.

Such home-grown sympathies might well explain the damage suffered during the wars of the English king Edward I and the uprising of Owain Glyndwr. But it remains one of our best-preserved and most atmospheric medieval abbeys.

Valle Crucis began in austerity but was later celebrated by poets for its lavish hospitality – meals served in silver vessels and ale ‘flowing like a river’. In Wales only Tintern Abbey was richer when it was dissolved by royal decree in 1537.

You’ll believe it when you first glimpse the majestic west front of the abbey church. Elsewhere among the romantic ruins painted by Turner are the rib-vaulted chapter house and the only surviving monastic fishpond in Wales.

Credit cards accepted (no fee)Picnic siteRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groups

Children welcomeDogs acceptedSmoking not allowedFacilities for hearing impaired

Opening Details

Open all the time

1 April 2020 - 3 November Wednesday to Sunday 10am–5pm, Monday & Tuesday Closed.
4 November - 31 March 2021 Daily 10.00am - 4.00pm (Open but unstaffed with no admission charge). Closed 24, 25, 26 Dec & 1 Jan.
Last admission 30 minutes before closing.


Prices

Prices from April 2020 - March 2021:
Adult - £4.50
Family (2 Adults & up to 3 children) - £12.50
Seniors £3.60
Juniors (Aged 5–17) / NUS / Armed Forces and Veterans - £2.60
Children under 5 - Free

Contact

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Address

Llangollen,
Denbighshire,
LL20 8DD

Location

Directions

Plan route to Valle Crucis Abbey (Cadw) using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SJ 202442  Lat: 52.98933 Long: -3.18901

Entering Llangollen from the east on the A5, turn right in the centre onto the A542 signed for Ruthin (approaching from the west, this turn is signed A539 for Ruabon), left at a T junction for the A542 and after 2 miles, the Abbey is signed to the right.
Bus: 4km/2.5 miles Llangollen Bridge End Hotel, route No X5, Wrexham-Llangollen

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 8 miles from Ruabon station

Facilities

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired