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Historic Site:Cymer Abbey (Cadw)

  • Cadw Welsh Government

Historic Site, free entry

Cymmer Abbey

Cymmer Abbey


The serene ruins of Cymer Abbey stand in a lovely setting beside the River Mawddach. The abbey was founded by Cistercian monks in a typically remote setting. Even by the austere standards of the Cistercians, life must have been hard at Cymer - the abbey suffered badly during the troubled 13th century, the wars between England and Wales probably accounting for the failure to complete the original plan of the church.

Although not as extensive as other Cistercian houses in Wales, Cymer rewards visitors with a telling insight into the way of life of this enterprising order of monks. Particularly impressive are its great windows, arches and an unusual tower.

Regional Tourist Board Member

Children welcomeDogs accepted

Opening Details

Open all the time

1 April 2020 - 31 October Daily 10.00am - 5.00pm
1 November - 31 March 2021 Daily 10.00am - 4.00pm Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January
Last admission 30 minutes before closing


Free entry




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LL40 2HE


Plan route to Cymer Abbey (Cadw) using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SH 720195  Lat: 52.75833 Long: -3.89689

Travelling west on the A470 Dolgellau bypass, continue past the A483 Tywyn junction and turn next right where signed to the Abbey.

Parking: free


  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted