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  • Visit Wales VAQAS
  • Cadw Welsh Government

Abbey, £2.40-£4

Valle Crucis Abbey

Valle Crucis Abbey

Details

A visit to this fascinating site evokes the lives of the Cistercian monks. The monks loved all things austere. Solitude ruled absolute. Finding this remote yet magical location must have at least raised a smile or two amongst the serious-minded bretheren.

Building work got underway in 1201. Seven centuries later and the abbey is one of the best preserved in Wales. Even the monks’ fishpond is still full of water!

From its cloister to chapter house, with striking rib-vaulted roof, this abbey was shaped by the devout nature of its inhabitants. The abbey was also remarkably self-sufficient thanks to the lay brethren. They were happy to leave the choir monks to their prayers while they got on with the job of tending the land. All friends together? Not quite. The monks observed their daily offices in the choir, separated by a screen from the lay brethren who worshipped in the nave of the abbey church.

Far from an easy life, Valle Crucis Abbey suffered a serious fire and numerous attacks but went on to earn a reputation for its appreciation of the literary arts. In 1535 it was ranked the second richest Cistercian monastery after Tintern. By this time, the Cistercians had relaxed their orthodox austerity. A comfortable heated suite was created for the abbot. This new found wealth and hospitality didn’t last long. Valle Crucis was duly dissolved by royal decree in 1537.

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

24 March - 4 November 2018 Daily 10.00am - 5.00pm.
5 November 2018 - 31 March 2019 Daily 10.00am - 4.00pm. Free entry during this period. Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January.
Last admission 30 minutes before closing.


Prices

Prices valid to March 2019
Adult - £4.00
Family (2 Adults & up to 3 children under 16) - £11.60
Seniors £3.20
Students and children under 16 - £2.40
Children under 5 - Free

Contact

Enquiries

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